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
Abby, “Mom, is my breakfast ready?”
About a month or two ago, I noticed that Abby smelled a bit fishy so I took her to the vet to have her anal glands expressed, and I took that opportunity to ask questions about what to do in order to prevent this from happening again. What was the answer? This, “Nothing. Just bringer over whenever she needs to get her anal glands expressed.” Well, that was the last time I took Abby to Banfield. When I work with pet parents and their dogs, I give them not only the tools and knowledge they need to get a balanced dog, but more important I give them a long list of the things they need to do and avoid in order to prevent unwanted behavior before it happens.
Fiber, for a dog like Abby, is very important and so with that in mind this is what she had for breakfast:
- 1/2 cup of kibble. This is the only amount of kibble she eats for the entire day
- 2 1/2 tablespoon of oatmeal
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of egg shell. I washed and dried egg shells and then used a blender to make it into powder. Excellent source of calcium
- 8 blueberries
- 1/2 cup of apple. You can substitute this with 1/3 of a small banana
Since I started to feed Abby more human food than kibble: her cute butt doesn’t smell anymore; her #2 is firm and she does it either once or twice a day; she no longer licks her butt; and she has lost weight. But when Abby had to eat more kibble than human food her fishy smell and butt licking returns.
Abby, “Yay! Breakfast.”
I started to give Abby human food in very small portions over the last couple of months and I like the changes I see in her. By the way, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind: the recipe in this post is for a dog of 35 to 40lbs; provide plenty of water for your dog; and make sure to exercise your furry kid. Enjoy your weekend.
Abby, “Mom, tell me the truth. Are we lost?”
On Sunday, we went to Blue Hills Ski Area located in Canton, MA to do a little hiking and sightseeing but also to see how Abby would behave or in her case misbehave.
Picture courtesy of Cynthia, our own photographer:-)
We did a lot of walking, but the day was quite conducive to being outdoors, a bit cloudy with a nice breeze and with an amazing view.
Abby, “Mom, am I supposed to pose for this picture? Where’s my treat?”
We all enjoyed our outing, but I think Abby enjoyed it the most. She met a lot of people, dogs, and scents that would bring the Beagle out of her. How did she do? She did well. But, we still need to continue working on behavior. Before I forget, she tried to eat a french fry she found on the floor. I said she tried because I was able to get it out of her mouth before she ate it.
Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you.” Cynthia, “No!”
Abby is a handful, but she is a really nice puppy. Just like our Alex, Abby is friendly to all dogs and people. One thing surprised me though, Abby greeted all the humans she met along our hiking path with all paws on terra firma. Yay! As you can see, Abby is improving.
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Tagged Beabull, Beagle, Blue Hill, Bulldog, Canton, Hiking, Massachusetts, Recreation, Skiing
Abby, “Hello stranger. Pet me please. I could be your best friend.”
Abby, just like Alex, is very people and dog friendly, and of course she was not going to pass up the opportunity of meeting this nice man. Abby has come a long way in regards to meeting people. At the beginning, let’s remember she was a puppy, she’d pee every time she’d meet someone new, but that is no longer the case.
Abby, “Moms, I don’t think that this is a bus stop.”
This past Memorial day weekend, we took Abby to South Boston, MA to expose her to a new environment and to my surprise she did well. She was relaxed while Cynthia took this picture. She needs to learn to be relaxed even when we are not right next to her.
Abby, “Moms, are we going bike riding?”
Abby usually wears a Gentle Leader, but there are times when I change her leash and collar specially when she is so nicely behaved. A Gentle Leader gives me more control with very little effort.
Abby, “Mom, more water please.”
A couple of minutes after we started walking I gave Abby some water. See the Gentle Leader? This is my second Summer in New England and I love it. Winter is another story, of course. Even though the weather here is not as hot nor humid as in Maryland, I still do our outings during the morning in order to make sure that Abby does not overheat.
A million thanks to all those who served and their families for their sacrifices.
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Tagged Beagle, Boston, dog behavior, dog walking, Gentle Leader, Memorial Day, summer