Tag Archives: Australian Shepherd

Dog Walking Tips During Summer

Alex, a Pitbull mix, and Walter, a handsome Australian Sheperd.

To say that I love to walk with my dogs would be an understatement, but when it’s hot I need to be aware and mindful of the following:

  1. Pick an appropriate time to walk – I do my best to walk them before 9am and after 7pm
  2. Dark or black color coats – dogs like Walter, Australian Shepherd in the above picture, tend to overheat faster than dogs with light or white coats like Alex, a Pitbull mix
  3. Know the breed of your dog – dogs with flat faces and short noses regardless of the color could overheat fast because they are unable to cool down like those with long noses
  4. Water – always, and I mean always, carry with you enough water for you and your dog
  5. Take a break – you could stop for a couple of minutes under some shade or find a store that allows dogs inside like Home Depot so both of you could get a break from the heat, sun, and humidity
  6. Limit your time – if you usually walk 1 hour, depending on how hot it is, you may have to walk 20 to 30 minutes instead

Summer is a great time to walk with your dog, but just be careful and mindful of the above tips. What time do you walk your dog when it’s hot? Enjoy your week!

Rest And Relax Like Your Dogs Do, Without Guilt

A blast from the past, Dexter, Walter, and our Alex. Clockwise.

We, humans, tend to take too many projects/jobs/chores on that leave us exhausted, overwhelmed, and fed up, to say the least. I believe our dogs are not only our companions, but our teachers. Have you ever seen a dog look guilty because he was napping? I haven’t. And with that in mind, we, humans, should follow that example and do our best to carve out some time to relax and enjoy a good book, movie, or even a walk. Yes, walks are relaxing for me. And with that being said, how do you relax?

Getting Ready For Thanksgiving 2021

Walter, a handsome Aussie, my Alex, a pit bull mix, and Dexter, a Boxer mix (from left to right)

Although we will be staying home this holiday, I was so glad to see on TV the amount of people traveling to see their loved ones which brought for me a sense of normalcy. What a difference a year makes!

This year we got everything needed for our Thanksgiving meal so we’ll let you know how it went. Travel safely. Hug your loved ones a bit longer than usual, even the family members that get on your nerves, and enjoy your holiday. Stay safe!

COVID-19, Dogs, Family And Being Grateful

Walter and Alex (L to R)

The pandemic is wreaking havoc in the world, and if you listen to the news the number of infected and deaths because of it is rising. Although it does feel gloomy and scary, I am grateful to have our dogs and family with me. I choose to focus on the positive, and I hope you do too. Stay safe!

Enjoying Our Weekend At Home With Our Dogs

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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.

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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!

Dogs, Aging, And Carpe Diem

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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!

Keeping Our Dogs, House, And Ourselves Clean

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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

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Nap time!

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.

Excessive Pacing & Your Canine Companion

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I’ve had a few clients ask me, “My dog paces excessively in the house and I don’t know what to do.  What would you recommend to get rid of this annoying habit?”  The first thing I always tell them is to have their vet check their dog for it may be something related to his health.  Once the vet has cleared your dog and everything, health wise, is fine then you need to look elsewhere for an answer.

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Oliver, “I think I need a bigger bed.”

The answer could be one or all of the following:

  1. Are you providing adequate exercise to your dog?  A puppy or young dog needs at least a 1/2 hour brisk walk twice a day and this is the very minimum.
  2. Does your dog have a bed or crate?  Most dogs enjoy having a place where they know they can rest without being disturbed.
  3. How many times did you take your dog to potty?  Puppies and seniors need to go potty more often than adult dogs, but it also depends on the size of the dog.  Small dogs need to go potty more often than large ones.

IMG_4993Now, there is always that exception.  The handsome Aussie, Walter, most of the time preferred to hang out under our table, but in the evenings and night time he did go to his bed.

Also, please know that for dogs that you are adopting and/or fostering as well as those that are nervous, sensitive or were abused in the past, pacing will take a while to disappear.  Have patience and continue working with your dog.  As time goes by, you’ll see positive results.

Labor Day 2015

Roxy, a feisty Pomeranian

Roxy, a feisty Pomeranian

Most of us are looking forward to this holiday weekend, and some are already enjoying it.  Roxy is certainly not wasting any time at all.  I know napping will be one thing I will be doing this weekend.

Gir, mini Doberman Pinscher

Gir, mini Doberman Pinscher

Don’t feel like napping?  No problem.  Perhaps this weekend you will find fun and games to keep you occupied.  Gir is playing hide and seek.  He doesn’t seem to mind having his picture taken.

Walter and Alex (L to R)

Walter and Alex (L to R)

Ok, so perhaps napping and games are not your cup of tea.  If that is the case, I’d recommend you spend time with your canine companions at home.  They always seem to want to participate in activities such as: cooking, napping, eating, and of course, walking.  Regardless of what you decide to do this holiday weekend, try to include your furry kids in your festivities.  Enjoy your weekend.

The Name Game – Is It Important?

Walter, a handsome Australian Shepherd.

Walter, a handsome Australian Shepherd.

Let me start by answering the question above.  Yes, the name game in training a dog is extremely important.  This is always the first command I work on before moving on to any other command.  Why is it important?  For the simple reason that if you don’t have your dog’s attention, whatever command you are giving him will fall on deaf ears and you will end up angry, frustrated and aggravated while your dog will be completely clueless about what is going on.  The above picture of handsome Walter is the perfect example of a dog not paying any attention at all.  He did not want any thing to do with the camera.

namegame2A lot of pet parents would give a command when their dog is exploring his environment.  Is this a good time to do it?  No.  He will just learn to ignore whatever command you are giving him because you don’t have his attention.

namegame3Do you give a command now?  Yes.  I called his name, Walter, and he gave me that beautiful eye contact.  At this point, you could give him a command, but not before you get his attention.  At the beginning, work only on the name game, and reward your dog with a treat, petting him, etc.  Don’t move on to any other command until your dog looks at you every single time you call his name.  I’d suggest you start doing this indoors and later on move on to doing it outdoors.  Make training fun for you and your dog.  Enjoy your weekend.