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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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!
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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!
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Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, dog behavior, dog training, ma, Portuguese water dog, Stoughton
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!
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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?
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Abby, “Moms, I will guard our food with my life!”
Abby looked so serious sitting by our table, that I couldn’t resist taking her picture.
Yes, Abby had a nice helping of our food and she inhaled it. Because most of Abby’s diet is made up of human food, there was not danger of her getting an upset stomach. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, your furry kids, and family!
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The above picture of Champagne is exactly how I felt this past Summer: hot, bothered, and anxiously waiting for better weather. And you know what? My wish came true and here’s Fall! We’ve had rain and a lot of cloudy days lately here in Stoughton, MA but I can’t complain about the weather because it’s been very pleasant with a few sunny days.
So, what’s Abby been up to? She’s been taking her usual walks – no longer very early in the morning – and lots of sleeping in her comfortable and warm bed. What a hard life my girl has, right? Anyway, enjoy this weather and don’t forget to walk your doggies.