I’ve been asked many times by pet parents, “What can I do to drain some of my dog’s energy?” One of the things, there are a few, that I recommend to use is a dog backpack. Here are some of my reasons:
- A backpack will give your dog a job to do
- It will drain your dog’s energy faster than just walking
- It can hold treats, bags, water, etc. (Please don’t over load it)
- Your dog will look adorable
Before you go out and get a backpack, please remember the following:
- Ask your vet if your dog should wear a backpack. Senior, puppies, sick and dogs that are recuperating from an illness or surgery should Not wear one until your vet gives you her ok.
- Do not overload the backpack. Start with nothing in it and then add light objects.
- Make the walk shorter until your dog gets used to walking with a loaded backpack.
Abby, in my opinion, looks adorable, but then I am her mom. Does your dog wear a backpack?
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Outings
Tagged Beabull, dog backpack, dog behavior, Hiking, ma, Stoughton, walking, Working Dog
A couple of weeks ago, we took Abby with us to Martha’s Vineyard and as you can see by the above picture, she was more interested in the food she managed to find in my bag than the beautiful scenery around her.
We got lucky because the day turned out to be beautiful and we had a chance to walk around and enjoy the weather. When we got home, we were all exhausted, but happy.
By the way, the reason why I picked pit bulls as part of my title is because of the bad, perhaps terrible, reputation they have. In the above picture, there are two pit bulls: the grey one is Kingston; and my girl, Alex a pit mix, is behind Kingston. Any dog, regardless of his breed can be a balanced dog or a horrible dog. Many times the choice is up to the pet parent.
Yes, for the most part, a dog’s behavior is greatly determined and affected by the pet parent. Also, remember that there is always that exception. Whether you have a pit bull or a lab, make sure that you find the right person to help you have a balanced dog. Dogs are amazing teachers, and I can tell you from personal experience that they will teach you many things, patience being at the very top of my list.
Who said Harvard is only for humans? We took Abby this past weekend to Harvard to walk, do some sightseeing, take pictures and, of course, continue working on her commands and behavior. How did she do? Not bad.
The day was beautiful but because Abby is dark and part Bulldog, I had to stop for breaks so she wouldn’t overheat. This is very important specially for those pet parents that have dogs with dark fur:-)
We were hanging around the library, and after a break Abby got her second wind and decided to run around like a looney, of course, attracting the stares of those passing by. As you can see, she didn’t have a care in the world. A lesson for us, humans, to learn from our doggies.
After all that running, it was time to hydrate and relax for a bit. We then headed home for a late lunch and a nap. What a hard life we have.
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Humor, Outings, Training, Walking
Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, Bulldog, Harvard, hydrate, Massachusetts, Stoughton, traveling
Alex, Sarris, and Dexter (Left to Right)
My Alex was an amazing dog and even though she was part Pit Bull she was the friendliest dog I’ve ever met, and I want Abby to be like Alex. Now, please understand that some dogs, just like people, are more friendly than others. Dogs are individuals.
Abby to Roxie, “Let me help you. I think you have a little bit of food around this side of your face. Why do you have to be so tall?”
Abby – a Beagle/Bulldog mix – is naturally friendly. I’d say overly friendly, but even like that I expose her to different dogs, such as cutie pie Roxie. The more your dog interacts with other dogs the better and more relaxed she will be. Enjoy your weekend.
Cynthia, “Who wants a treat?”
Every time I try to take pictures of dogs for the most part it ends up in a complete disaster, but I laugh and enjoy the experience. Now, if treats are in the mix, pictures tend to be easier to take. Abby is already giving her paw to Cynthia.
Abby and Champagne (left to right)
Dogs cannot fake things. That’s why they are amazing creatures. Abby is already licking her lips in anticipation of a treat while Champagne is patiently waiting for it. Yes, the gorgeous pit bull has more self control than my girl, a Beabull.
Abby and Champagne, “We are aging here. Please give us our treat.”
Not to worry, they both got a nice treat and I was able to take a decent picture. Yay! After looking at this picture I noticed that Abby’s head next to Champagne’s looks so small. Dogs, regardless of the breed, are amazing.
Champagne, “Could I help?”
One thing I’ve realized, and many of you probably would agree with me, is that the kitchen is the most popular and used room in a house. All of Abby’s friends love to hang out in the kitchen specially when Cynthia is cooking.
Champagne, “I am so tired.”
After Champagne helped Cynthia prepare a delicious meal, she was very tired so she took a nap. She is probably dreaming about food.
Champagne, “What? Time to eat? Yay!”
How interesting, and funny, that once it was time to eat the above beautiful girl woke up right away. I think that both, dogs and humans, enjoy hanging out in the kitchen. What room is the most popular/used in your house?
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged Anxiety, behavior modification, Cooking, Food, Pit bulls, Training