Our Alex, a pit bull mix, was one of the best dogs I’ve ever had as a pet and as my helper when working with other dogs to modify their behavior, but my girl, when we got her as a puppy, had bad separation anxiety so it took us a while to get her to be balanced. Let me tell you that she was worth it. We had her for 13 years, and even now I don’t think that it was long enough.
Our Charlie, the new addition to our family, has separation anxiety and he is getting better as time goes by:
-We couldn’t leave him in any room by himself because he would scream murder at the top of his lungs. Nowadays, he is able to stay by himself for a short period of time.
-Charlie would bark/whine when Abby went out to do her business. Recently, he only makes a funny sound, yes sometimes he still whines, but the intensity and length of time is but a couple of seconds.
-When we placed Abby in the car first, Charlie would go berserk. As time went by, he understood that he would get in the car too so he does get excited, but it’s manageable.
The above is just a few of the things we’re working on with Charlie and his separation anxiety. To those pet parents that are probably asking themselves, “How long will it take for that separation anxiety to disappear?” Let me tell you that it depends on the dog, the activities you are doing with him, the behavior and training you are working on, and the consistency and commitment on your part. Work hard, but also remember to take a break every so often. Stay safe.
Prince, “I am so tired. Please turn off the light for me. Thanks!”
We waited until after midnight to go to bed in order to wish each other Merry Christmas, but our canine companions were ready to go to bed already so we followed Prince’s example, and it was lights out for my pack.
Abby, “Moms, could we our breakfast and presents already? Please!”
This morning, my impatient girl, Abby, was eagerly waiting for breakfast and presents in the form of treats. Prince, on the other hand, was a lot more casual about it. We wish you a Merry Christmas to all of you!
When a dog gets sufficient mental and physical stimulation, she will be well behaved and balanced. The majority of the “issues” pet parents encounter with their canine companions is due to a lack or inappropriate amount of mental and physical activity.
There are many ways to exercise your dog, these are just some suggestions: running, walking, swimming, kayaking, etc. However you decide to exercise and stimulate your dog with, please start slowly. How do you exercise/stimulate your dog?
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.
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.
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.
Regardless of the size or breed of dog I’ve taken care of, one thing I’ve realized they all love to do is nap. We, humans, sometimes feel guilty of taking a nap, yours truly is one of those, but as time goes by I am starting to feel less and less guilty.
Some dogs like Josie, the one by the sliding dogs, love to nap while getting a bit of sun, while others, like Bella, prefer a mix of a carpet and a cool floor. My point is, let’s learn from our canine companions and take a nap without any guilt!
My inpatient birthday girl could hardly wait for her breakfast. That look speaks volumes!
Abby ate her delicious breakfast – finally! – which consisted of a stir fry and some kibble. She inhaled it.
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.
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.
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.
Abby, “Mom, I like everything I am smelling”
And so we ended up going to Back Bay, Boston. Abby loved it.
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?
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!
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.
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.