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Deck Restoration By All My Canine Companions – Part I

deckresto1Cynthia and I have been meaning to do our deck for the last couple of weeks, but the weather and our schedule did not permit us to tackle this job until this weekend.  We told the kids, Alex and Bella, about it and as you can see Bella was ready to help out, but Alex needed a bit of convincing.

deckresto2Bella started by surveying and accessing our deck’s damage in order to come up with a game plan.

deckresto3This is how Alex did her evaluation of our deck’s damage.

deckresto4Alex, then, decided to talk to Cynthia about this project, but midway through their planning Alex fell asleep.  Way to tackle this job!

deckresto5Once we had a plan in place, Bella made sure that we knew the areas where the most attention was needed by pointing with her little nose.  She was such a big help to this project.

deckresto6We try to include Alex and Bella in as many things as we possibly can in order to get them used to different things.  Once we started working on the deck, they fell asleep in the kitchen by the sliding doors.  What does that teach them?  Self-control.  Training your dog should be part of your every day life, and this is a perfect example of that.  How does your canine companion help you tackle chores?  Have a great Sunday!

Dogs And Good Manners

gdmanners1When Bella came to live with us a little over 4 months ago, she had absolutely no doggie manners: she’d step over Alex; bump into her; and this was the worst, while Alex was sunbathing by the sliding doors Bella would try to put part of her body on top of Alex.  Manners is something dogs can learn from one another, and I’ve been lucky to have Alex, a very laid-back, balanced pit mix, help other dogs accomplish that.

Is manners something you can teach a dog overnight?  No.  There are many factors that need to be present and put into play in order to have a well-mannered dog and these are just a few: patience, structure, exercise, discipline, commitment, consistency, love, and a balanced dog like Alex.

gdmanners2A few pet parents I’ve talked to believed that if they took their dog to an obedience class, this would solve most, if not all, problems, but let me tell you that an obedience class is just the beginning of getting your dog to be a happy, balanced, and well-mannered dog.  I look at an obedience class as one more tool that you can use to start training and conditioning your dog to listen to you, her pet parent.

Also, please don’t expect your dog to learn manners from another dog in a couple of hours, days, weeks, etc.  Why?  Dogs are individuals, as I mentioned on a previous post, and they learn at their own pace.  Bella, our foster failure, has made amazing progress, but that took time and a ton of patience.  There is still a lot more I need to work on with Bella, but now she is able to live with other dogs in peace while respecting their space.