Category Archives: dog trainer

Dog Walking And Really Cold Weather

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I love to walk, that is no surprise to those who know me, but when the weather gets really cold I keep in mind, and you should too, the following:

  • Puppies and senior dogs should take short walks
  • If your dog is shivering, doesn’t want to leave the house, etc., this is a clue for you Not to take him for a walk.  Yes, you heard me right
  • Short-haired dogs like Abby need a sweater and/or jacket when outdoors
  • Always check your dog’s pads and nails
  • In extreme cold weather, take your dog to do his business and bring him right back

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Once you are back home with your dog, remember to provide him with a comfortable warm bed, and a sweater.  Abby always wears a sweater when we are home otherwise I’d have to take her out to pee once every 2 hours!

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

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Abby, “Moms, I will guard our food with my life!”

Abby looked so serious sitting by our table, that I couldn’t resist taking her picture.

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Yes, Abby had a nice helping of our food and she inhaled it.  Because most of Abby’s diet is made up of human food, there was not danger of her getting an upset stomach.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, your furry kids, and family!

Fall 2018 And Your Canine Companions

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The above picture of Champagne is exactly how I felt this past Summer: hot, bothered, and anxiously waiting for better weather.  And you know what?  My wish came true and here’s Fall!  We’ve had rain and a lot of cloudy days lately here in Stoughton, MA but I can’t complain about the weather because it’s been very pleasant with a few sunny days.

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So, what’s Abby been up to?  She’s been taking her usual walks – no longer very early in the morning – and lots of sleeping in her comfortable and warm bed.  What a hard life my girl has, right?  Anyway, enjoy this weather and don’t forget to walk your doggies.

Summer 2018 – Go Away!

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We’ve lived in Stoughton, MA 2 1/2 years, and Summer time in MA is beautiful, but this year I really want the Summer to be over and done.  Why?  I am tired of 90 degrees days and high humidity.

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Last Summer we went to Provincetown, or P town, and we enjoyed ourselves, but this Summer none of us, and yes that includes Abby, have wanted to go out.  I know, I know.  I am complaining, but I am sure a few of you pet parents, and canine companions agree with me.  On a pleasant note, Summer is almost over!!

Are Dog Owners Healthier People?

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Yes, I do believe that most, not all, dog owners are healthier people than those without dogs.  I remember a couple of years ago when my Alex was injured and unable to walk with me, I went out by myself to walk, and I still remember how boring it was.

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I never did it again.  What was the solution?  I started to offer dog walking as one of my services.  Regardless of your dog’s breed, go out and take him for a walk.  A dog will keep you active, and – this is the best part – he or she will surely enrich your life.

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If you don’t believe me, ask any pet parent about it, and they will be glad to talk your ear off, and show you an amazing amount of pictures of their fur babies.  For those without dogs, give it a try and foster a dog and see how much your life will change.

Loose Leash Walking & Behavior Modification

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I’ve met countless of pet parents that are unable to walk their dogs regardless of the dog’s weight, age, breed, etc.  My most popular behavior modification class is, Loose Leash Walking with Your Dog.  Depending on the dog and handler, getting a dog to walk properly could take one session or a few sessions.  Why?  Because we will be working on changing a dog’s old bad behavior – pulling on leash – by modifying his behavior and doing so takes time, patience, consistency, and repetition.

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Champagne, Abby, and Bentley (L to R)

The cuties in the above picture range from 31lbs., to 119lbs.,  and they’re all walking with me.  If I can do it, so can you!  Walking is a great exercise for you and your dog, therefore if you can’t walk your dog properly, find a professional that can help you with this.

No Afternoon Walks During Summer Time

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Walking a dog in the afternoon when it’s hot and humid is certainly dangerous and I don’t recommend it, that is why when Summer comes to MA, I only walk dogs in the morning or evening.  We all need our exercise, but you shouldn’t put yourself and your dog in harm’s way to do so.

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Dogs like Abby and the beautiful pit bull in the above picture with dark coats tend to overheat faster and easier than dogs with light color hair.  Go for a walk with your dog, but be mindful of the time of day, temperature outside, your dog’s age, breed, weight, etc., before heading outdoors.  Enjoy your weekend!

Abby, My Social Butterfly

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Abby, “Hello”

Abby is one of the friendliest and most playful dogs I’ve met, but even like that I continue to expose her to different dogs – yes even pit bulls – in order to brush up on her doggie manners.

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Abby, “Moms, I am making some new friends”

Regardless of the size, breed, age, etc., of your dog, socializing your dog should be an ongoing project for all pet parents.  Before I forget, Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Belated Birthday Abby!

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Abby, “Mom, are you feeding me any time soon?”

My inpatient birthday girl could hardly wait for her breakfast.  That look speaks volumes!

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Abby ate her delicious breakfast – finally! – which consisted of a stir fry and some kibble.  She inhaled it.

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Abby, “Moms, I am ready.  Let’s go”

Yes, Abby was more than ready to go and get some cookies for her birthday.  I like for her to travel in her crate or wearing a seat belt, specially made for dogs, so she is safe.

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Abby, “Moms, I want this one!”

Abby was certainly not shy about letting us know exactly what she wanted.  We took her to Maggie’s Dog House in Hingham, MA.

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Abby, “Mom, make sure you hold on tight to my bag full of goodies”

And so after we did some shopping we headed for a little bit of an outing to the city.

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Abby, “Mom, I like everything I am smelling”

And so we ended up going to Back Bay, Boston.  Abby loved it.

 

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Abby, ” I am 3 years Old?  No way!  I feel younger than that.

 

After our nice long day, Abby finally got her birthday cake.  Abby’s birthday is at the beginning of April, but we were too busy at that time so we decided to celebrate it a little bit late.  I am not too sure Abby mind that, do you?

 

Our Night Time Oral Care Routine

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Champagne and Abby (Left to Right)

Brushing your dog’s teeth is very important for your overall canine companion’s health.  Because of that I do my best – I do forget once in a while – to brush her teeth every night.

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My tools.

Yes, each doggie has her own toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Abby, “Am I first?”

I always make sure that I place them in a spot that they are not to move from in order to maintain order in my pack and safeguard my sanity.  Abby, next to me, since she will be my first “patient”, and Champagne, patiently waiting for her turn.

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Abby, “Mom, wait”.

Abby is already used to getting her teeth brushed in the morning, and before going to bed.  Although you’d never know it from looking at the above picture.

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My next victim, I mean patient was Champagne, a beautiful Pit Bull.  She is very comfortable having me put my fingers in her mouth.

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If you are asking yourself, “How did she get such compliant doggies?”  Well, magic.  No, really, I used treats.  At the beginning, most dogs will take some time to adjust to you brushing his teeth, but as time goes by you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.  With that in mind, do you brush your dog’s teeth?