Category Archives: dog trainer

Holidays = Chaos?

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I know, chaos may be an exaggeration, but for most people holidays tend to be pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  What I like about holidays, of course, happen to be the food “we” cook,  I am using we very loosely since Cynthia is the one that cooks, while Abby and I end up being the “critics”.  I know, what a hard life we have, but hey, someone’s got to do it.  Right?

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Along with all the food we are planning to enjoy, comes plenty of relaxation and/or sleeping, which Champagne gladly demonstrates for us all the time.

 

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Abby, “Mom, did you remember to pack my food?”

And then we have those that will be traveling to visit family.  That won’t be us this year, but for those that are traveling my suggestion would be: have patience; carry food and water; take your dog with you; and above all, enjoy your family.  What plans do you have for these upcoming holidays?

 

Veterans Day 2017

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Whether you are going to explore new places like Abby…

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Or making new friends, take a moment to remember this special day.  Thanks to all those who served and their families.

Is Dog Behavior Modification Fast, Easy, And Simple?

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If anybody tells you that dog behavior modification is fast, easy and simple to do, that person would be lying to you.  In order to modify the behavior of a dog, you really need, at a minimum, 3 weeks.  Whenever I am going to work with a dog, I do a meet and greet to make an assessment of the dog and the expectations of the pet parent.  Abby, a 2 1/2 year old Beabull, ate so fast that she would toss her cookies right after she inhaled her food.  I tried a lot of different things, including a funny looking dish and at the beginning it worked, but later on she went back to puking on and off.  Because of that, I changed the way I did things with her: she started by eating in her kennel; I did not talk to her at all, no commands, nothing; I was the only one feeding her; and all I asked from her was to give me eye contact right before I put her dish down.

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So, how is Abby doing right now?  She hasn’t tossed her cookies in a long time and I no longer have to use the funny looking dish I got for her unless I want to.  What I was doing with Abby was behavior modification, and I can tell you from experience that it takes time, consistency, patience, repetition, and a thorough knowledge of dog body language that most pet parents lack.  For that reason, I’d recommend that you find the right person to help you.  Ask a lot of questions, and don’t buy the, “I can fix your dog in 1 week for only $1,800”.  If you find someone like that, don’t walk, run, and run fast.  Behavior modification takes time and depending on what you are trying to change it can be quite complex.

Abby + Backpack = Good Girl

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Abby is 2 1/2 years old and what I’ve found out is that she does well when she wears a backpack because it gives her a job to do, carrying things, while she exercises, and as a result she seems to be more relaxed.  The first time I saw her with a backpack I couldn’t stop smiling.  I think she looks adorable.  Then again, I am biased since I am her mom.

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Since she is part Beagle, she gets to use her nose for a bit although I think something got her attention in the above picture.

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I’ve never had a dog like Abby.  What do I mean by that?  She is the first canine kid that needs a lot of structure in order to be a balanced dog.  But you know what?  She is certainly keeping me on my toes and teaching me a lot about dogs.  Like I said many times, dog are great teachers.  What is your dog teaching you?

Abby in Salem, MA

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Since Nina, one of Abby’s friends, believes that there are ghosts in Stoughton, MA, Abby decided to take a trip to Salem, MA and see if she could find some witches.  You know what?  She did.  The statue behind us is that of Elizabeth Montgomery who played Samantha in Bewitched.  When I was a kid in Ecuador, I used to love that show.  And by the way, that’s the reason why I have a smile from ear to ear.  I got to “see” Samantha.

salem22017The day was gorgeous, sunny and warm, and so we walked and explored.  Aside from that, Abby got to work on behavior modification.  How?  By meeting people while being calm, and also seeing a few dogs and not pulling us to meet such dogs.  She is also getting used to walking amongst crowds of people.

salem32017Another thing I got Abby to experience was walking slowly on a bench.  What’s the big deal?  Well, this bench had a lot of space between boards and Abby had to learn to position her cute paws and walk on it without much hesitation or fear.  You see?  A nice outing while working on behavior modification.  That’s what I call a win-win for our pack.

Are There Ghosts In Stoughton, MA?

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Abby, “I heard something, but I don’t see anybody around”. Nina, “I don’t like this”.

Nina, the cutie pie on the left, comes to hang out with Abby sometimes, and walks are always on Abby’s schedule.  Today we had some rain so we took a late morning walk.

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Abby, “I told you I heard something. Could that be a ghost?”

I don’t know exactly what they heard, but they both turned their heads at the same time.  Let’s remember they can hear better than us, humans.  Our walk was an hour long and we all enjoyed it.

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Nina, “I don’t know about you, but I am leaving. There may be ghosts around here.

Are there ghosts in Stoughton, MA?  I don’t know, but Nina certainly didn’t want to stick around to find out.  Smart girl.  I may need to have Abby’s ears checked by the vet since she didn’t even move.  What do you think?

My Hard Working Abby

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Were you wondering what Abby was up to this morning?  My hard working girl was walking this gorgeous pit bull, Champagne, and they were both gracious enough to pose for this picture.  Ok., more like a miracle.  I took this picture when we were into our 30 minute walk.  By the way, they are both wearing a Gentle Leader.  Great tool.

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What happened to Champagne after our walk?  She was out like a light.  And that was all Abby’s doing.  As you can see, Abby is an excellent member of the pack.  Why?  Because she showed Champagne how to walk next to me without pulling me all over the place.