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.
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.
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?
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Tagged Beagle, dog backpack, dog behavior, dog training, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, Stoughton
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.
The 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.
Another 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.
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Tagged canine behavior modification, dog backpack, dog walking, Gentle Leader, Hyperactive dogs, ma, Stoughton
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.
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.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, dog walking, Gengtle Leader, ma, Pit bulls, Pleasant Street, Stoughton
This morning I told Abby, “We have to go to drop off some mail at the post office. But, this time you, meaning Abby, will be carrying all 30 envelopes”. She looked at me with a surprised look. Yes, like the one above.
Since Abby “agreed” to carry all 30 envelopes, I decided that as a reward she could smell the flowers – I know there are no flowers in the picture – which she loves to do. Let’s remember she is part Beagle.
Abby was so good that she even posed for this picture. I do my best to give Abby a job. Why? Because as a pet parent, I need and have to make sure that her needs are met. Going to the post office took us almost an hour. Once we got home, she drank some water and fell asleep. Like I said, “Busy Dog = Happy Dog”.
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Tagged Beabull, behavior modification, dog backpack, dog walking, Gentle Leader, ma, Stoughton
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
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
Let me start by saying, thanks to all the veterans, their families and the dogs that served this country. Cynthia and I were in the Navy years ago, and we both met amazing people and learned a lot from them.
We were planning to go out with the kids, but after a short walk, about 1/2 hour, Abby and Emmie both seemed tired so we decided to forgo our outing today and do it sometime this week.
Anyway, Emmie showed us what she wanted to do today, vegetate, and we decided to follow her lead. Enjoy your weekend.
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, dog behavior, dog boarding, dog walking, veterans day, yellow lab