Walter, “Did you say treat? I hope so because I am not doing this for my health”
Just like many pet parents out there, we are spending our weekend at home, although we did go to the supermarket for a few things we needed yesterday, but other than that we are relaxing at home.
Dexter, “Is the food ready? I hope so because I am starving!”
Some dogs along with their humans are sleeping, walking, eating, etc. whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy it!
Posted in Annapolis, MD, Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs, senior dogs
Tagged Australian Shepherd, boxer, Boxer mix, Canine Behavior, dog boarding, pack of dogs, relaxing
Walter, Australian Shepherd, and Dexter, Boxer mix. (L to R)
I got a video from Dexter’s mom this week in which he was playing with a toy without a care in the world. When we met Dexter he was 5 years old. He is a little over 10 years old now, and he looked so happy and much older that I remembered. That video made me think. Why we, humans, are so worried about getting old? I know we have to plan for the future, that’s a given, but many of us worry for no particular reason. I do think that dogs live in the moment, something we humans find somewhat difficult to do, and so I’d say to you, do what makes you happy, and learn from your dogs. Carpe Diem people!
Posted in Annapolis, MD, Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs, senior dogs
Tagged aging dogs, aging humans, Annapolis, Australian Shepherd, balanced life, Carpe diem, MD
Walter, Alex, and Dexter (Left to Right)
Because of the Coronavirus pandemic we are taking more precautions in order to stay safe, and that-of course-includes our dogs and home. These are the things I’d recommend you do to keep your dogs clean:
- Brush your dog’s hair (long and short-haired dogs) after a walk. Always!
- Wipe off your dog’s paws (get baby wipes from the Dollar Store) and check her pads for any foreign object in them
- Change her bedding frequently (every couple of days or daily)
- Brush her teeth before going to bed
When it comes to our house, I dust, vacuum, and sweep often because as you pet parents well know, our doggies shed a lot. What about yours truly? I wash my hands constantly and I carry hand wipes with me always. Keeping our dogs clean does not require a lot of money or time so let’s get in the habit of doing so in order to keep us all safe. Take care.
Posted in Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs, senior dogs
Tagged Australian Shepherd, boxer, coronavirus, dog bed, dog boarding, Dog hair brushing, Dog wipes, Maryland, Pet Parent, pit bull
I know, I know. I am always a big advocate on walking your dog, but you also need to give her enough time to relax and recuperate. Add to that a nice comfortable bed and a blanket, and your dog will be in doggie heaven. Enjoy your weekend!
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Dogs, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged asleep, Beabull, Beagle, Bulldog, dog bed, dog boarding, Family, pit bull
These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:
- A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
- You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
- By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future
Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless! Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Dogs, foster dogs, senior dogs, Training
Tagged behavior modification, Family, foster dogs, foster parents, french bulldogs, Pit bulls, shelter dogs
Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things. Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog. Instead, I got Abby.
These are some of the things I do to get her tired:
- Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes. When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
- Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me. It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
- Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking. And yes, she does wear a flotation device
- Shopping – yes, you read it right. There are stores that do allow dogs. The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc. This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
- Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals. Only eye contact
If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder. Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, dog trainer, Dogs, Outings, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged backpack, Body language, dog behavior, dogs and bikes, Gengtle Leader, Hyperactive dogs, summer
Abby, “Treats after this picture mom?”
Happy New Year from All My Canine Companions to you and your furry kids.
Regardless of how you spent the new year – some of us did lot of walking and napping – we hope you had a great time and enjoyed your loved ones. Happy New Year!
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, dog trainer, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged canines, dog behavior modification, dog training, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, pit bull, Stoughton MA
I love to walk, that is no surprise to those who know me, but when the weather gets really cold I keep in mind, and you should too, the following:
- Puppies and senior dogs should take short walks
- If your dog is shivering, doesn’t want to leave the house, etc., this is a clue for you Not to take him for a walk. Yes, you heard me right
- Short-haired dogs like Abby need a sweater and/or jacket when outdoors
- Always check your dog’s pads and nails
- In extreme cold weather, take your dog to do his business and bring him right back
Once you are back home with your dog, remember to provide him with a comfortable warm bed, and a sweater. Abby always wears a sweater when we are home otherwise I’d have to take her out to pee once every 2 hours!
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, dog trainer, Dogs, Outings, senior dogs, Walking
Tagged anxious, backpack, Dog, dog bed, family member, french bulldogs, Winter
Alex, “Moms, this feels good!”
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?
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged dog collars, Gentle Leader, Halti, leashes, ma, Pit bulls, Stoughton
Alex, Bella, and Josie (L to R)
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!
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dogs, foster dogs, senior dogs
Tagged behavior modification, canine companions, dog bed, dogs, naps, Pit bulls, weimaraner