Category Archives: Training

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!

Walking And Behavior Modification

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One of the things I teach pet parents and I find very important during Behavior and Training Level I, is to not allow their dogs to bolt out the door, any door for that matter.  Why?  They could get injured, killed, lost, cause an accident, and/or harm another dog/animal or human.

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Even though Abby knows her boundaries at home, I still work with her in different areas and environments in order for her to continue to learn and improve.

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I tell pet parents that they should not set up their dogs to fail.  What do I mean by that?  It’s not fair to ask a dog that is not exercised mentally and physically to do this.  We, pet parents, need to fulfill their needs in order to get a balanced and well behaved dog.  Like I tell many of my pet parents, behavior modification is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards, if you and your dog walk hard, are amazing!

Dogs Prone To Heat Exhaustion

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During Summer, we, pet parents, need to be very careful when taking our dogs for a walk specially if they are Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, Akita, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Why, you probably ask yourself? Because they have short noses and flat faces.  They are very cute, but they need more care and attention than dogs with long muzzles.

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I took the above picture in the Back Bay, Boston a couple of months ago.  When I saw this, I had a smile from ear to ear.

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Abby is a mix of a Beagle and Bulldog, and when the weather starts to get warm even though she is young – 3 years old – she walks slower than any other time.  This is a sign for me to slow down, walk early in the morning, carry water with me, and pay more attention to her.  Enjoy your Summer.

Safe Dog Walking Temperatures During Summer Time

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Abby, “Are you taking a picture of me again?!!

Summer time here in Massachusetts is great because there is low humidity, and we don’t get many hot days like in Maryland.  But just so you know, I still miss Maryland.  Anyway, Abby and I get up early in the morning for our first walk, around 6am, in order to make sure that my girl does not get overheated or burn her cute paws.  The next walk is late in the evening and this is usually a short walk because there are some days when the ground is still hot.

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Champagne, “I am posing and smiling.  Treats and water please!

The time you choose to walk your dog is very important, but for those dogs that have dark coats like Champagne, pit bull in above picture, and Abby it could mean life or death.  I love to walk with my dog, but I am always very mindful of the weather and temperature.  Well, lace up your walking shoes and enjoy your walk with your canine companion.

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?

 

Spring And 4th Nor’easter – Stoughton, MA

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Abby, “Moms, I love the snow.  I am using my ears as wings.  Weeee!”

Today, Tuesday, is the first day of Spring, but you wouldn’t know it since we still have snow on the ground, and tomorrow we’re expecting our 4th nor’easter.  What will Abby be doing?  Playing in the snow, of course!

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While Abby will be having a blast playing in the snow tomorrow, other dogs prefer to nap in a comfortable bed with a blanket or two.

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Abby and Champagne (L to R).  Champagne, “Will I be getting a treat any time soon?”

And then there are those, like Abby and Champagne, that prefer to “help” in the kitchen and be Cynthia’s sous chefs.  Regardless of what you decide to do tomorrow, please be safe and keep yourself and your furry kids warm.

Massachusetts And Our Furry Kids Bracing For Another Nor’easter

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Jack, “Keep up with me”.

Since we have a storm coming to MA today, we got our morning walk done, and of course Jack seemed to be in a hurry to do so.

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Jack and Louis, “This is how we wait for another Nor’easter”.

Yes, Jack and Louis certainly do not seem worried at all.  If only we could be more like our canine companions, right?  If you need to be outside, be safe.