Tag Archives: behavior modification

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!

Spring And 4th Nor’easter – Stoughton, MA

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Abby, “Moms, I love the snow.  I am using my ears as wings.  Weeee!”

Today, Tuesday, is the first day of Spring, but you wouldn’t know it since we still have snow on the ground, and tomorrow we’re expecting our 4th nor’easter.  What will Abby be doing?  Playing in the snow, of course!

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While Abby will be having a blast playing in the snow tomorrow, other dogs prefer to nap in a comfortable bed with a blanket or two.

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Abby and Champagne (L to R).  Champagne, “Will I be getting a treat any time soon?”

And then there are those, like Abby and Champagne, that prefer to “help” in the kitchen and be Cynthia’s sous chefs.  Regardless of what you decide to do tomorrow, please be safe and keep yourself and your furry kids warm.

Holidays = Chaos?

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I know, chaos may be an exaggeration, but for most people holidays tend to be pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  What I like about holidays, of course, happen to be the food “we” cook,  I am using we very loosely since Cynthia is the one that cooks, while Abby and I end up being the “critics”.  I know, what a hard life we have, but hey, someone’s got to do it.  Right?

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Along with all the food we are planning to enjoy, comes plenty of relaxation and/or sleeping, which Champagne gladly demonstrates for us all the time.

 

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Abby, “Mom, did you remember to pack my food?”

And then we have those that will be traveling to visit family.  That won’t be us this year, but for those that are traveling my suggestion would be: have patience; carry food and water; take your dog with you; and above all, enjoy your family.  What plans do you have for these upcoming holidays?

 

My Hard Working Abby

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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.

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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.

Busy Dog = Happy Dog

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This morning I told Abby, “We have to go to drop off some mail at the post office.  But, this time you, meaning Abby, will be carrying all 30 envelopes”.  She looked at me with a surprised look.  Yes, like the one above.

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Since Abby “agreed” to carry all 30 envelopes, I decided that as a reward she could smell the flowers – I know there are no flowers in the picture – which she loves to do.  Let’s remember she is part Beagle.

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Abby was so good that she even posed for this picture.  I do my best to give Abby a job.  Why?  Because as a pet parent, I need and have to make sure that her needs are met.  Going to the post office took us almost an hour.  Once we got home, she drank some water and fell asleep.  Like I said, “Busy Dog = Happy Dog”.

Canine Behavior and Pit Bulls

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By the way, the reason why I picked pit bulls as part of my title is because of the bad, perhaps terrible, reputation they have.  In the above picture, there are two pit bulls: the grey one is Kingston; and my girl, Alex a pit mix, is behind Kingston.  Any dog, regardless of his breed can be a balanced dog or a horrible dog.  Many times the choice is up to the pet parent.

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Yes, for the most part, a dog’s behavior is greatly determined and affected by the pet parent.  Also, remember that there is always that exception.  Whether you have a pit bull or a lab, make sure that you find the right person to help you have a balanced dog.  Dogs are amazing teachers, and I can tell you from personal experience that they will teach you many things, patience being at the very top of my list.

Abby Went to Harvard

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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.

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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:-)

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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.

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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.