Category Archives: Training

To Walk Or Not To Walk – Abby’s Dilemma

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Abby, “Mom, I don’t think we’ll be able to walk today”.

That was Abby looking out the window the day we had a northeastern coming our way.  I did keep her busy, but I am pretty sure she would have preferred to go for a walk.

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Abby, “I need to pee, but I can’t find the smell I am looking for!”

Abby and I love to walk, but please be extra careful when you are out walking because drivers may not be able to see you due to the height of the snow.  It also doesn’t help that Abby and I are both short.

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Abby, “Mom, please stop taking pictures of me already!”

Yes, as you can see in the above picture, Abby was already done being the object of my pictures.  Fine, no more pictures . . . well, for now.

Abby And Her First Northeastern

Abby, “Mom, did you hear that?”

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Since the weather was terrible, to say the least, Abby volunteered to help me put our laundry away.  Oh, she was also on guard duty, as you can see.

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Abby, “Mom, this is not folded properly”.

To be quite honest, I don’t know how much help Abby really was, but I know that she always tries her best to help me out with chores at home.

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Abby, “Mom, I am so tired.  Helping you takes a lot out of me”.

I know, I know.  I shouldn’t work Abby so hard.  Let’s keep in mind that she volunteered to help me out.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Happy Holidays 2017

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Abby, “Mom, you are doing it wrong!”

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over.  Time certainly flies and December is usually a blur.  Some of us, ok some of them, like Abby and Cynthia will be busy decorating.

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Others will be traveling to spend these holidays with family.

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Abby, “Moms, stop hugging me”.

We, like many others, will be spending our time with cute but ungrateful children like Abby.  Why ungrateful?  She wanted to pose for the picture without being hugged.

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Abby, “Mom, hurry up!”

Some, those with adventurous souls, will be traveling with their furry kids.  Why not?  Let’s add a little more stress to the trip.  Isn’t that what makes life interesting?

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Abby, “I am posing and looking straight at the camera. Do I get more treats than Champagne?”

Yes, then there are those that prefer to hang out with friends rather than family like our Abby.  But I can’t blame her.  Champagne is an amazing pit bull.  Regardless of how you plan to celebrate these holidays, enjoy yourself and the time you have with your loved us.  That time is priceless.

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.

South End, Boston, MA (Woofstock)

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I thought I died and went to heaven when I saw so many dogs and their pet parents this past weekend in a fair appropriately named Woofstock.  To say that Abby and I loved it would be an understatement.

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A few dogs were ready for Halloween, and so they were socializing with others while showing off their costumes like this cutie pie.

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Whoever thought about putting this event together did a great job.  By the way, there was very little barking although there were lots of dogs so I’d venture to say that we all had a good time.

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I had to take this picture.  When I was a kid, I used to see women carry their children like the above picture, but never a puppy.  So adorable.  Have a great week.