Dogs, just like us humans, tend to get dry skin specially during Winter. There are many things that I could recommend such as: changing his food, running a humidifier, making sure he is drinking enough water, etc. to avoid dry skin, but do you know what? This is the one thing, above all, that will keep your dog from having dry skin: brushing him once a day, at least. Yes, that’s it! Brushing him once a day. Very simple.
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Abby, “Moms, I am loving all this snow!”
We got our first snow storm this past Sunday, and when Abby went out and saw all that snow, do you know what I think she was thinking, “Yay! Play time!” Do you know what I was thinking? “Oh boy, time to shovel all that snow. Again!”
Abby, “I am exhausted!”
Yes, Abby took a nice long nap after playing outside. She certainly has a hard life! Before I forget, she also watched the game, Patriots vs. Chiefs, and we all were glad to see the Pats win! Waiting anxiously to see the Patriots play in Super Bowl LIII. Go Pats!
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Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things. Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog. Instead, I got Abby.
These are some of the things I do to get her tired:
- Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes. When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
- Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me. It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
- Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking. And yes, she does wear a flotation device
- Shopping – yes, you read it right. There are stores that do allow dogs. The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc. This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
- Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals. Only eye contact
If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder. Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!
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Prince, “I am so tired. Please turn off the light for me. Thanks!”
We waited until after midnight to go to bed in order to wish each other Merry Christmas, but our canine companions were ready to go to bed already so we followed Prince’s example, and it was lights out for my pack.
Abby, “Moms, could we our breakfast and presents already? Please!”
This morning, my impatient girl, Abby, was eagerly waiting for breakfast and presents in the form of treats. Prince, on the other hand, was a lot more casual about it. We wish you a Merry Christmas to all of you!
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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!
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.
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.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, dog behavior, dog walking, french bulldogs, Pit bulls, Stoughton MA
Champagne and Abby (Left to Right)
Brushing your dog’s teeth is very important for your overall canine companion’s health. Because of that I do my best – I do forget once in a while – to brush her teeth every night.
Yes, each doggie has her own toothbrush and toothpaste.
Abby, “Am I first?”
I always make sure that I place them in a spot that they are not to move from in order to maintain order in my pack and safeguard my sanity. Abby, next to me, since she will be my first “patient”, and Champagne, patiently waiting for her turn.
Abby, “Mom, wait”.
Abby is already used to getting her teeth brushed in the morning, and before going to bed. Although you’d never know it from looking at the above picture.
My next victim, I mean patient was Champagne, a beautiful Pit Bull. She is very comfortable having me put my fingers in her mouth.
If you are asking yourself, “How did she get such compliant doggies?” Well, magic. No, really, I used treats. At the beginning, most dogs will take some time to adjust to you brushing his teeth, but as time goes by you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes. With that in mind, do you brush your dog’s teeth?
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