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Desensitization And Dogs

desen1As per Wikipedia, desensitization in psychology is defined as the diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated exposure to it.  We got Alex when she was about 3 months old, and from the beginning she got exposed to different people, environment, dogs, etc., and that is why I am able to use her to help other dogs to be balanced.

desen2Alex can easily walk in a crowded place without a second thought.  How long does it take to desensitize a dog from a particular thing/situation?  There is no time frame for that because every dog is different.  Some dogs can take a couple of hours or days while others can take months or even a year or more.  That is why the best thing to do when you get your dog is to expose him to as many things as possible.

desen3Also, please make sure that you start slowly.  I took Alex, little by little, to different places, making each place more hectic and noisy.  Do not put your dog in a situation that would cause him to shut down by overwhelming him with the amount of stimuli you are exposing him to and find the right trainer to help you do this.

desen4Bella, our foster failure, has Alex as a perfect example to follow, but not all pet parents are fortunate enough to have a furry kid like my Alex.  If you are not able to help your dog, talk to different trainers, behaviorist, vets, etc., in order to enlist their help and get your dog on a road to recovery.  Living with your dog should be a pleasant, relaxed, joyful experience, and if that is not the case then is up to you to change that.

desen5Alex was exhausted after our outing in Chinatown last year when we visited Toronto, Canada.  New places, smells, and people can get your dog pretty tired that’s why I am taking Bella, little by little, to different places.  We’ve covered a lot of areas in our neighborhood so we’ll be venturing out a little further this Summer and blogging about it.  I am starting all over again with Bella, but that’s fine because that means new adventures and more outings.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget to walk your furry kids.

 

 

Chinatown – Toronto, Canada

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After taking pictures in Downtown Toronto, we headed for Chinatown.  Can you see the bike lane?  I wish that more places here in the US would follow suit.

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I was amazed at how well Alex did while sightseeing in Toronto, but we took breaks for I wanted to make sure that she did not over do it.  When I am not sure about whether or not a person is comfortable with dogs, I prefer to put Alex on one side so she can still see that person, but she is not so close that he’d be uncomfortable like in this case.

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We did a bit of shopping while in Chinatown and my 2 girls posed for this picture.  To be able to shop, Cynthia went to the stores and gave me a “report” on what was good or not while Alex and I waited for her outside, but even like that I had a great time with them.

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Our girl, Alex, was pretty tired so we stopped and let her relax for a while.  As soon as she put her head on my lap she fell asleep.

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What did Alex do once we got back to the hotel?  She fell asleep, of course.  The next day, after we all had breakfast we were back on the road heading for Niagara Falls.  By the way, crossing the border from Canada to the US was interesting, to say the least.  We had the misfortune of dealing with a very tired, according to his co-worker, and quite unprofessional border patrol man.  He made us stopped in order to inspect our car, but because of that we met a very funny, polite, and nice man from the agriculture department, so something positive came out of it.

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Cynthia and I took a tour in Niagara Falls and we had a great time while Alex stayed at the hotel sleeping.  After a day of fun, we packed our things and headed back home.  I was surprised, why?  Because Cynthia wanted to go home a couple of days before our trip was over while Alex, our picky daughter, was eating no kibble and chicken soup only.  My 2 companion travelers were wonderful, and I’d take a trip with them anytime, but for our next trip Cynthia and I decided to pick one place to visit rather than going from one place to another for it made us pretty tired.  All in all, I am glad we took this trip.  I think we all needed it.  Once we got home, late in the evening, Alex finally ate 1 cup of kibble and her appetite came back.  We were all happy to be in our own beds back in Maryland.

The 3 Musketeers On The Road: From Michigan to Toronto, Canada

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Well, as much as we liked visiting family, it was time for us to get going so we took some more pictures and headed to Toronto, Canada.

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It took us a couple of hours to get to the border and although, so far, all the Canadians I’ve met have been polite, friendly, nice, etc., the border patrol woman who took care of us was pretty rude.  I told Cynthia, “Let’s look at it as something we can laugh about it later on.”  I am not too sure she bought that.

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We finally got to Toronto, Canada and we were all glad to find a hotel that accepted dogs.  We were given a room on the 7th floor with a nice view that Alex just could not wait to check out for herself, as you can see in this picture.

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We were hungry and tired so we had dinner and then headed for our comfortable bed.

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The next day, after dinner and good night sleep, we all headed to Toronto, and Cynthia caught a glimpse of water so I drove towards it and we found this beautiful place, Lake Crescent Park.

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Our daughter, Alex, was nice enough to pose for this picture.  By the way, she was still only having chicken soup, but no kibble as a meal.

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After taking a couple of pictures, we headed for downtown Toronto.

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We did a lot of walking, and I was a little hesitant since Alex usually walks 30 minutes twice a day and no more than that.  But you know what?  I think Cynthia and I were more tired than Alex.

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I thought DC would be the only place with the most bikes ever, but I was wrong.  Toronto has a huge amount of bikes.  No wonder they look so fit.

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We walked all over and there was some sort of convention going on, so we tried to find places where there was less traffic and people.

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With all the walking we did, we had to take breaks here and there.  I don’t remember what Cynthia was telling me at the time when she took this picture, for all I remember is that I was happy.  Happy to be with my life partner, Cynthia, and Alex, our picky girl.

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Cynthia loves to take pictures of us, but I got this one of the two of them.  We had an amazing time in Toronto, Canada.  Perhaps one day, in the future, we’ll go back and stay a little longer.  Enjoy your pack.