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Guard Dogs Sleeping On The Job?

After our morning walk, Alex, a pit bull/Dogo Argentine mix, and Dexter, a boxer mix, were brushed and wiped, and because the weather was so nice we stayed hanging out on the deck for a little while.

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I like to brush them and wipe them after our walk not only because I like my house and dogs clean, but also because it relaxes them as you can see in the above picture.  If they were guard dogs, check out Alex already asleep, my girl would have been the first one to be fired.  But, they are not guard dogs, but rather part of our family and for many of us our canine children.

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I did have high hopes for Dexter since he was the only one awake, but within minutes, though honestly speaking I think it was seconds, he was out like a light just like my girl, Alex.  These two beautiful specimens are the perfect example of what guard dogs should not be doing: sleeping on the job.

Be Careful And Gentle When You Are Hugging A Dog

A lot of us, pet parents, as the picture clearly shows, love to hug our dogs, but please make sure that you are doing this properly or your dog, yes your own dog, can bite you.  A hug to us, humans, just means a physical expression of our feelings and we enjoy doing it, but to a dog a hug means invasion of personal space and dominance.  If you enjoy hugging your dog, like most of us do, please be aware of the following:

  • A dog sees a hug as a sign of dominance
  • Hug your dog after your daily walk.  Both of you will be tired and he’ll be less likely to fight back your hug because he is too tired to do it
  • Do not surprise your dog.  Allow him to see where you are coming from so he does not get fearful of your movements
  • Praise him after you hug him.  You could even offer him a treat so he can associate a hug with a treat and as such this would become a pleasant experience

Aside from being careful, and this is very important, please be gentle when hugging your dog.  If you have a pit bull like Kingston, the beautiful boy in the picture, that is very affectionate and craves attention and hugs and weighs around 70lbs. then I’d venture to say, yes hug him.  Do not hug any dog that you know for sure does not like such attention regardless of the breed.  Now, if on the other hand, your dog is a little dog barely weighing 10 lbs., I beg you to please hug him gently.  A 70 lbs. dog and a 10 lbs. dog need to be handled differently.  Yes, dogs are adorable and I do understand your desire to show him affection, but do it carefully and gently.  Cynthia is famous for hugging our dog, Alex, hard.  A few times when she hugged her too hard, Alex whimpered in pain, and let’s not forget that she weighs 45 lbs. therefore she is not a little dog, but she never has attempted to bite her.  Instead she walks away from Cynthia and comes straight to me with a face that I’d venture to say is telling me, “Ouch!  Could you please tell her that it is ok to hug me, but to be a little gentle because I am a skinny girl and her hugs hurt me?”

If you pay attention to the picture, I think Alex is actually relieved that the object of Cynthia’s affection happens to be Kingston and not her.

By the way, I am not advising pet parents not to hug their dogs.  Au contraire, show your dog how much you love him, but please do it nicely, that’s all.

Please, Put Your Dog on a Leash

Today, as usual, I went out walking with Alex and Kingston, but we stayed close to home, meaning within a good 20 minute walk from home, because it looked as if it was about to rain.  Both of them were eager to go for a walk, yes, even my Alex, so we got our gear on: brushes, bags, extra leash, etc., and headed out the door.  We were walking for about 15 minutes when out of nowhere this beautiful long-haired dachshund comes running towards us at full speed barking as if there was a fire nearby and he needed to alert everybody.  I immediately stopped and both, Alex and Kingston, stopped as well.  Neither one of them pulled or tried to lunge at this little dog.  Instead while the little dachshund was still in a barking frenzy, they both looked at each other and then at the dog that was making all this noise as if saying, “What is wrong with you?  Why are you barking so much and so loud?”  They were both quite curious and I think even amused about this little guy.  At that moment, I hear a guy saying, “Sorry, that’s my dog.  Don’t worry, he does not bite”.  When the guy finally picked him up he said, “His name is JZ, sorry”.  I told him, “It’s a good thing that both my dogs are laid-back and not aggressive, but if your dog were to approach another dog in the way that he did, barking and running at full speed towards them, he’d have been bitten because that crazy energy in their world is not balanced nor accepted.  Please, be careful with your dog and put a leash on him”.  He then explained to me that his dog is never without a leash, but that this time he, an escape artist, got out of the car so fast that he was not able to do anything except run after him.  We said good bye and I kept walking with Alex and Kingston.

Please, pet parents, put a leash on your dog.  It’s not only for your dog’s safety, but for other’s as well.  Your dog can get run over by a car, bite another dog, or a person, and may be even cause a traffic accident.  Unless you know you have total control over your dog, like some people do, please protect your dog and put him on a leash.  Take the time to train your dog so when you open the door he does not bolt out like a crazy canine, but rather waits for your signal that it’s ok to come out.

When I put Alex and Kingston on the back of my CRV, the one that is a little crazy is my daughter Alex, but Kingston just patiently waits for me to tell him, “Out”.  Because of that, I have to wait until Alex comes down otherwise she’ll run out the door and get hurt.  I make both of them sit down so I can put their leash on and once I’ve accomplished that, then, and only then they are allowed out of the car.  They both already know the drill, but Alex sometimes takes a little longer to settle down.  My daughter suffers of selective hearing so is up to me to make sure that when she steps out the door is when I allow her to do so.

Protect your canine companions.  It’s up to you to make sure that they don’t get hurt and that they do not harm others.  Let’s be responsible about our dogs regardless of the breed and size.