Abby is 2 1/2 years old and what I’ve found out is that she does well when she wears a backpack because it gives her a job to do, carrying things, while she exercises, and as a result she seems to be more relaxed. The first time I saw her with a backpack I couldn’t stop smiling. I think she looks adorable. Then again, I am biased since I am her mom.
Since she is part Beagle, she gets to use her nose for a bit although I think something got her attention in the above picture.
I’ve never had a dog like Abby. What do I mean by that? She is the first canine kid that needs a lot of structure in order to be a balanced dog. But you know what? She is certainly keeping me on my toes and teaching me a lot about dogs. Like I said many times, dog are great teachers. What is your dog teaching you?
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Tagged Beagle, dog backpack, dog behavior, dog training, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, Stoughton
Were you wondering what Abby was up to this morning? My hard working girl was walking this gorgeous pit bull, Champagne, and they were both gracious enough to pose for this picture. Ok., more like a miracle. I took this picture when we were into our 30 minute walk. By the way, they are both wearing a Gentle Leader. Great tool.
What happened to Champagne after our walk? She was out like a light. And that was all Abby’s doing. As you can see, Abby is an excellent member of the pack. Why? Because she showed Champagne how to walk next to me without pulling me all over the place.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, dog walking, Gengtle Leader, ma, Pit bulls, Pleasant Street, Stoughton
A couple of weeks ago, we took Abby with us to Martha’s Vineyard and as you can see by the above picture, she was more interested in the food she managed to find in my bag than the beautiful scenery around her.
We got lucky because the day turned out to be beautiful and we had a chance to walk around and enjoy the weather. When we got home, we were all exhausted, but happy.
Who said Harvard is only for humans? We took Abby this past weekend to Harvard to walk, do some sightseeing, take pictures and, of course, continue working on her commands and behavior. How did she do? Not bad.
The day was beautiful but because Abby is dark and part Bulldog, I had to stop for breaks so she wouldn’t overheat. This is very important specially for those pet parents that have dogs with dark fur:-)
We were hanging around the library, and after a break Abby got her second wind and decided to run around like a looney, of course, attracting the stares of those passing by. As you can see, she didn’t have a care in the world. A lesson for us, humans, to learn from our doggies.
After all that running, it was time to hydrate and relax for a bit. We then headed home for a late lunch and a nap. What a hard life we have.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, Bulldog, Harvard, hydrate, Massachusetts, Stoughton, traveling
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.
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
“Take my picture already.”
When I lived in Maryland, I would wake up early, around 6am, to walk my dogs every single day. Once I moved to Massachusetts, I was able to walk my dog a bit later, around 8am, but even like that I always have to remember the following:
- I need to walk Abby early in the morning. I will probably have to start waking up at 6am again because the weather is hitting 90 degrees as of late.
- I have to make sure to take water with me.
- I need to pay attention to Abby’s body language. If she starts panting too much, I will stop the walk, find a shaded area, give her water, not cold water for this can shock her instead of helping her, and wet her chest and head.
- Once we come back, I always check her paws, brush her, and wipe her off. This way I keep her clean but at the same time I check to make sure that she is ok.
My last 3 dogs, pit bull mixes, were mostly white therefore they were able to handle the heat better than other dogs. In the above picture, the white pit bull will probably handle the heat and humidity better than the dark one. Please keep in mind that dogs of dark color overheat very easy. Abby is a perfect example of that and that is why I need to pay attention to her body language.
Go out and enjoy a nice walk with your dog, but try to make your walks early in the morning and/or late in the afternoon and pay attention to your dog’s body language.
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Tagged Beagle, dog trainer, Heat stroke, Massachusetts, pit bull, summer, walking