Abby, “Mom, I like the new smells I am picking up from here!”
Yes, we’re finally back home. Home is really where your heart is, and a long time ago I realized that that place was Maryland. For the last 5 years, we lived in Stoughton, MA and although it was a nice place, and we met amazing people and dogs, I always hoped that we had the opportunity to come back to Maryland and it finally came true.
Abby, “Mom, I picked up an amazing new smell. It smells like chicken!”
We were really busy moving for the last couple of weeks, but finally things are less hectic, and I have been able to take Abby for nice walks around the neighborhood lately. Thanks to all the pet parents in Massachusetts that trusted us with their canine kids, we’ll miss you all, and looking forward to meeting amazing dogs and their pet parents in Crofton, MD. It feels great to be back home!
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Tagged behavior modification, Crofton, dog backpack, dog trainer, dog walker, Maryland, Odenton
Abby, “Mom, I am 100% sure that we’re lost. Could we please ask for direction? Please!!!
Yes, we were totally lost when we visited Quebec, but it didn’t matter to us. How come? We had a good time exploring this beautiful city, and eating along the way.
Abby, “Moms, do you need help packing? One suitcase = 2 cookies. What do you think?”
We were all ready to go back to Massachusetts after visiting Canada, but I think Abby a bit more because she watched us carefully while we packed our things.
Abby, “Moms, did you remember to pack my food and treats?”
I had to take the above picture. Abby looked so adorable that it was hard to resist. Anyway, we were ready to leave Quebec after a nice vacation, and yes, Abby did get treats and food along the way.
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Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, canine companions, dog behaviorist, dog training, Pit bulls, traveling with dogs
Abby, “Mom, hurry up! We need to get on the road before it gets dark!”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog, but lots of things happened the last few months that kept me busy: my mom fell down and had to have surgery; Cynthia’s mom passed away; my mom stayed with us for a while; a few doggies stayed vacationing with us; and Abby, of course, helped out big time. Because of that, we decided to take a well deserved vacation. Where did Abby go? Montreal, Canada. By the way, we left at 1pm so I don’t know why she was so concerned about leaving before it got dark. Drama queen!
Abby, “Mom, let’s cross the street now. Come on!”
So, where was Abby, in the above picture? The Latin Quarter, Montreal. After breakfast, we headed out the door to do some sightseeing, take pictures, and enjoy ourselves.
Abby, “Mom, I am so tired! Thanks for dinner. Good night.”
Our days in Canada were certainly enjoyable, but by the end of the day we were all really tired, and Abby was the first one to get in bed. Smart girl.
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Tagged adopt, Beagle, Boston, bull dogs, dogs, Massachusetts, vacationing
Today we honor those who died in military service, but I also want to remember those dogs that so bravely served our country, and the families that made the ultimate sacrifice and that still remember those long gone, but never forgotten. Thank you.
Abby, “Mom, did you put some cookies in my back pack?”
Abby is a working dog, and if you ask her she’ll probably tell you that she needs a raise in the form of more cookies and human food. One of Abby’s task is to carry her own gear. Yes, people, there were a few cookies in that backpack.
Walking with my pack. Prince, yours truly, Champagne, and Abby. (L to R)
Abby also helps me walk dogs. The funny thing about it is that she gets a little confused when the weekend comes around because that’s when we are off. Yes, she is a hard working girl! In order to fulfill your dog’s needs give her a job, she’ll thank you for it.
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Tagged balanced dog, Beabull, dog backpack, Dog Daycare, dog sweater, Pack Walk, Stoughton MA
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!
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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
Dogs, just like us humans, tend to get dry skin specially during Winter. There are many things that I could recommend such as: changing his food, running a humidifier, making sure he is drinking enough water, etc. to avoid dry skin, but do you know what? This is the one thing, above all, that will keep your dog from having dry skin: brushing him once a day, at least. Yes, that’s it! Brushing him once a day. Very simple.
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Tagged dog behavior, dog brushing, dog grooming, long haired dogs, relaxation, short-haired dogs, Stoughton
Abby, “Moms, I am loving all this snow!”
We got our first snow storm this past Sunday, and when Abby went out and saw all that snow, do you know what I think she was thinking, “Yay! Play time!” Do you know what I was thinking? “Oh boy, time to shovel all that snow. Again!”
Abby, “I am exhausted!”
Yes, Abby took a nice long nap after playing outside. She certainly has a hard life! Before I forget, she also watched the game, Patriots vs. Chiefs, and we all were glad to see the Pats win! Waiting anxiously to see the Patriots play in Super Bowl LIII. Go Pats!
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Tagged dog bed, dog behavior, happy, hyperactive dog, Patriots, temperament, Working Dog
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!
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Tagged backpack, Body language, dog behavior, dogs and bikes, Gengtle Leader, Hyperactive dogs, summer