Tag Archives: behavior modification

Dogs And The Roles They Play In Our Lives

Abby, “Take the picture mom. This is my good side.”

Abby is my personal trainer. How’s that you’d ask? I have to take her for walks, outings, and running so being active because of Abby is an understatement.

Abby, “Always buckle up!”

Abby is my traveling companion. We went to Montreal and Quebec last year and she did wonderful.

Abby, “Mom, it’s dinner time. Let’s go.”

Abby makes me laugh. She looks a bit serious, but she is really a funny girl.

Our dogs play many roles in our lives, and the imperfect human that I am sometimes forget this important detail, but Abby is always there to remind me about it. Aren’t I a lucky person?

Dogs And Our Moods And Behavior

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There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state.  I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.

Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry.  Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out.  Traitor!  Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver.  Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small.  And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.

Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life.  Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?

Finding Happiness In Simplicity

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Abby, “I love taking car rides with my moms!”

Lately watching the news is scary and depressing-to say the least-but then I take a look at Abby finding happiness in simple things such as: walking, taking a ride in the car, eating, etc., and all I feel is a great sense of gratitude.

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Abby, “I smell food.  Mom, do you smell it too?”

Dogs are great teachers, and for me they are an integral part of my life.  They make me take a look at what really matters and not worry about things that are out of my control.  What does your dog bring to your life?

Back Home – Maryland

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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.

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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!

Reasons Why You Should Foster A Dog

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Nap Time!

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

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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.

Summer 2018 – Go Away!

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We’ve lived in Stoughton, MA 2 1/2 years, and Summer time in MA is beautiful, but this year I really want the Summer to be over and done.  Why?  I am tired of 90 degrees days and high humidity.

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Last Summer we went to Provincetown, or P town, and we enjoyed ourselves, but this Summer none of us, and yes that includes Abby, have wanted to go out.  I know, I know.  I am complaining, but I am sure a few of you pet parents, and canine companions agree with me.  On a pleasant note, Summer is almost over!!

Siesta Time And Dogs

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Alex, Bella, and Josie (L to R)

Regardless of the size or breed of dog I’ve taken care of, one thing I’ve realized they all love to do is nap.  We, humans, sometimes feel guilty of taking a nap, yours truly is one of those, but as time goes by I am starting to feel less and less guilty.

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Some dogs like Josie, the one by the sliding dogs, love to nap while getting a bit of sun, while others, like Bella, prefer a mix of a carpet and a cool floor.  My point is, let’s learn from our canine companions and take a nap without any guilt!

Loose Leash Walking & Behavior Modification

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I’ve met countless of pet parents that are unable to walk their dogs regardless of the dog’s weight, age, breed, etc.  My most popular behavior modification class is, Loose Leash Walking with Your Dog.  Depending on the dog and handler, getting a dog to walk properly could take one session or a few sessions.  Why?  Because we will be working on changing a dog’s old bad behavior – pulling on leash – by modifying his behavior and doing so takes time, patience, consistency, and repetition.

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Champagne, Abby, and Bentley (L to R)

The cuties in the above picture range from 31lbs., to 119lbs.,  and they’re all walking with me.  If I can do it, so can you!  Walking is a great exercise for you and your dog, therefore if you can’t walk your dog properly, find a professional that can help you with this.

Walking And Behavior Modification

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One of the things I teach pet parents and I find very important during Behavior and Training Level I, is to not allow their dogs to bolt out the door, any door for that matter.  Why?  They could get injured, killed, lost, cause an accident, and/or harm another dog/animal or human.

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Even though Abby knows her boundaries at home, I still work with her in different areas and environments in order for her to continue to learn and improve.

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I tell pet parents that they should not set up their dogs to fail.  What do I mean by that?  It’s not fair to ask a dog that is not exercised mentally and physically to do this.  We, pet parents, need to fulfill their needs in order to get a balanced and well behaved dog.  Like I tell many of my pet parents, behavior modification is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards, if you and your dog walk hard, are amazing!

Abby, My Social Butterfly

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Abby, “Hello”

Abby is one of the friendliest and most playful dogs I’ve met, but even like that I continue to expose her to different dogs – yes even pit bulls – in order to brush up on her doggie manners.

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Abby, “Moms, I am making some new friends”

Regardless of the size, breed, age, etc., of your dog, socializing your dog should be an ongoing project for all pet parents.  Before I forget, Happy Mother’s Day!