Tag Archives: Boston

Happy Belated Birthday Abby!

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Abby, “Mom, are you feeding me any time soon?”

My inpatient birthday girl could hardly wait for her breakfast.  That look speaks volumes!

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Abby ate her delicious breakfast – finally! – which consisted of a stir fry and some kibble.  She inhaled it.

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Abby, “Moms, I am ready.  Let’s go”

Yes, Abby was more than ready to go and get some cookies for her birthday.  I like for her to travel in her crate or wearing a seat belt, specially made for dogs, so she is safe.

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Abby, “Moms, I want this one!”

Abby was certainly not shy about letting us know exactly what she wanted.  We took her to Maggie’s Dog House in Hingham, MA.

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Abby, “Mom, make sure you hold on tight to my bag full of goodies”

And so after we did some shopping we headed for a little bit of an outing to the city.

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Abby, “Mom, I like everything I am smelling”

And so we ended up going to Back Bay, Boston.  Abby loved it.

 

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Abby, ” I am 3 years Old?  No way!  I feel younger than that.

 

After our nice long day, Abby finally got her birthday cake.  Abby’s birthday is at the beginning of April, but we were too busy at that time so we decided to celebrate it a little bit late.  I am not too sure Abby mind that, do you?

 

Memorial Day 2016 -South Boston, MA

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dog Training & Behavior Tips

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Abby, “I am sitting perfectly. Could I get my food now, please?”

If you want to start your puppy or newly acquired dog on the right path, these are some of the things I recommend pet parents to do:

  • Start working on training and behavior modification as soon as you get your dog
  • Set rules and boundaries so your dog knows what is not acceptable
  • Be consistent and give clear instructions
  • Provide your dog with adequate physical and mental exercise
  • Get the whole family involved in raising this puppy/dog
  • Give structure to his every day life
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Abby, “Wow! So many things to see and smell.”

One thing, I’ve realized after training a variety of dogs, many pet parents forget to do is expose their dogs to different environments, people, sounds, etc.  Abby is sensitive to sound just like many other dogs therefore she goes everywhere I can take her.

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Some pet parents have told me, “I don’t know why she doesn’t behave.  She went through 2 obedience classes.”  Well, the answer is simple, training was provided, but behavior modification was not.  Training and behavior modification is a lifelong commitment and process, but take my word for it, the bond you develop with your dog and the enjoyment you’ll get from living with a balanced canine companion is priceless.

Out And About in Seaport District, Boston, MA

Harlow, "I think we should eat here."

Harlow, “I think we should eat here.”

One of the things I recommend pet parents to do with their canine companions is go out and explore different areas in order to acclimate their dog/puppy to a variety of environments.  I trained Harlow a couple of weeks ago, Level II Basic Training and Behavior, so every time she stays with us she brushes up on what she learned and we go out to practice in the real world.

Harlow, " I think we are lost."

Harlow, ” I think we are lost.”

My sense of direction is so bad that even Harlow knew that we were lost.  No problem, we went and asked for help.

Harlow, "Help.  This human is showering me with hugs and kisses."

Harlow, “Help. This human is showering me with hugs and kisses.”

I recommend a lot of things to pet parents and one of them is to get their dogs used to being hugged.  Why?  Because being hugged is not something most dogs enjoy.  Harlow enjoys it as long as you give her a treat.

Harlow, "Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?"

Harlow, “Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?”

Harlow did wonderful during our outing.  She did get startled twice when someone dropped some dishes, we were walking by a restaurant, but she was getting used to the noises better than I expected.  You have to remember that Harlow is only 6 months old.

Harlow, "Wow!  Look at all the people here"

Harlow, “Wow! Look at all the people here”

Harlow was very curious seeing so many people around, but she was not nervous about it.  This is why training and behavior need to go hand in hand.  A balanced dog is a pleasure to have and to take out with you every time you get a chance.

Harlow, "Is that the menu for the restaurant we'll be eating at?  I am hungry."

Harlow, “Is that the menu for the restaurant we’ll be eating at? I am hungry.”

Expecting your dog to behave like a good canine citizen is really up to you.  Dogs are amazing teachers, but they need us to guide them and get them to be balanced.  Go out with your dog and enjoy the outdoors.

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.

Alex Found a Sea Monster in Boston, MA

Alex, "Mom, let's go and explore."

Alex, “Mom, let’s go and explore.”

Every time we go somewhere new, Cynthia along with Alex love to explore the area, as you can clearly see in the above picture.

Alex, "Moms, I think I found a water monster."

Alex, “Moms, I think I found a sea monster.”

It always amuses me to see Alex explore her surroundings with such interest.  I guess Alex found a sea monster.

Alex, "Moms, I am not kidding.  I found a sea monster."

Alex, “Moms, I am not kidding. I found a sea monster.”

I guess if Alex found a sea monster, she will be featured in the news and have her 15 minutes of fame.  Well, let’s hope it doesn’t go to her head.

Alex, "Never mind.  I am not as brave as I thought."

Alex, “Never mind. I am not as brave as I thought.”

Ok., let’s forget Alex’s 15 minutes of fame.  My girl hightailed out of the water when she saw that her new found sea monster got too close to her.

Alex, "I am not afraid of you, sea monster."

Alex, “I am not afraid of you, sea monster.”

Alex decided that the best way to observe a sea monster is from shore.  This way nobody gets hurt.  Well, rather nobody gets scared out of her mind is more like it.  My funny girl.  She always puts a smile on our face.

Spring is Coming – 2015

spring151Do you know how Alex is going to welcome Spring?  She will start by taking frequent naps specially when we go out sightseeing and/or shopping.  She has to have her beauty sleep.

spring152Alex’s naps will be followed by walks throughout the day.  She is a senior, almost 13 years old, and as such it is very important that she keeps her mobility, therefore exercise within reason is essential.

spring153Aside from naps and walks, Alex will also be working on some training.  She enjoys it as long as the reward is food so that is easily accomplished.  How will you and your furry kids be welcoming Spring?