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.
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?
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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.
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Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, dog behavior, dog boarding, dog walking, veterans day, yellow lab
Beautiful day for sightseeing.
Yesterday, I conducted a seminar in Plymouth, MA and we were able to do some sightseeing prior to it. This was my first time in this area and it was beautiful to say the least.
Abby, “Mom, that looks like a giant kibble”
Before starting my seminar, I took Abby for a walk so she can socialize with people, and see new things. Yes, she was very interested in the giant kibble.
Abby, “Hello everybody.” Abby greeted everybody with lots of enthusiasm.
I conduct seminars mostly from home, but I also choose outdoor places depending on: subject matter, weather, amount of people, etc. The day was gorgeous.
Abby, “This is how a dog should meet people, with all paws on terra firma.”
The four people in my seminar had specific questions, therefore I tailored our time together to answer questions that pertained to barking, walking, meeting a dog properly and avoiding a bite from such dog, senior dogs, etc. Abby, of course, was my assistant. After I finished my session with them, we walked back to our car, we were getting hungry, to head home and rewarded ourselves by having a delicious dinner. How was your weekend?
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Tagged adult dogs, dog behavior, dog psychology, Massachusetts, pet parents, plymouth ma, seminars
Abby, “Hello stranger. Pet me please. I could be your best friend.”
Abby, just like Alex, is very people and dog friendly, and of course she was not going to pass up the opportunity of meeting this nice man. Abby has come a long way in regards to meeting people. At the beginning, let’s remember she was a puppy, she’d pee every time she’d meet someone new, but that is no longer the case.
Abby, “Moms, I don’t think that this is a bus stop.”
This past Memorial day weekend, we took Abby to South Boston, MA to expose her to a new environment and to my surprise she did well. She was relaxed while Cynthia took this picture. She needs to learn to be relaxed even when we are not right next to her.
Abby, “Moms, are we going bike riding?”
Abby usually wears a Gentle Leader, but there are times when I change her leash and collar specially when she is so nicely behaved. A Gentle Leader gives me more control with very little effort.
Abby, “Mom, more water please.”
A couple of minutes after we started walking I gave Abby some water. See the Gentle Leader? This is my second Summer in New England and I love it. Winter is another story, of course. Even though the weather here is not as hot nor humid as in Maryland, I still do our outings during the morning in order to make sure that Abby does not overheat.
A million thanks to all those who served and their families for their sacrifices.
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