Abby is 2 1/2 years old and what I’ve found out is that she does well when she wears a backpack because it gives her a job to do, carrying things, while she exercises, and as a result she seems to be more relaxed. The first time I saw her with a backpack I couldn’t stop smiling. I think she looks adorable. Then again, I am biased since I am her mom.
Since she is part Beagle, she gets to use her nose for a bit although I think something got her attention in the above picture.
I’ve never had a dog like Abby. What do I mean by that? She is the first canine kid that needs a lot of structure in order to be a balanced dog. But you know what? She is certainly keeping me on my toes and teaching me a lot about dogs. Like I said many times, dog are great teachers. What is your dog teaching you?
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Tagged Beagle, dog backpack, dog behavior, dog training, dog walking, in-home dog boarding, Stoughton
I’ve been asked many times by pet parents, “What can I do to drain some of my dog’s energy?” One of the things, there are a few, that I recommend to use is a dog backpack. Here are some of my reasons:
- A backpack will give your dog a job to do
- It will drain your dog’s energy faster than just walking
- It can hold treats, bags, water, etc. (Please don’t over load it)
- Your dog will look adorable
Before you go out and get a backpack, please remember the following:
- Ask your vet if your dog should wear a backpack. Senior, puppies, sick and dogs that are recuperating from an illness or surgery should Not wear one until your vet gives you her ok.
- Do not overload the backpack. Start with nothing in it and then add light objects.
- Make the walk shorter until your dog gets used to walking with a loaded backpack.
Abby, in my opinion, looks adorable, but then I am her mom. Does your dog wear a backpack?
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Outings
Tagged Beabull, dog backpack, dog behavior, Hiking, ma, Stoughton, walking, Working Dog
A couple of weeks ago, we took Abby with us to Martha’s Vineyard and as you can see by the above picture, she was more interested in the food she managed to find in my bag than the beautiful scenery around her.
We got lucky because the day turned out to be beautiful and we had a chance to walk around and enjoy the weather. When we got home, we were all exhausted, but happy.
Abby, “Mom, do I really have to pay my bills on time?”
Abby was pretty surprised when I told her that she needed to go in person and pay her water/sewage/garbage bill. As you can see, she was so bothered by it that she was giving me the cold shoulder. What a brat! I wanted to be mad at her, but she looked so cute wearing that sweater that all I did was smile.
Abby, “Ok mom, let’s go home. I dropped off the check.”
And so Abby paid her utility bill, posed for this picture, and we headed back home. Abby goes every where I am able to take her. That’s the only way your canine companion can get used to different noises, people, cars, etc. What places are you able to take your dog to?
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Tagged Anger, behavior modification, dog behavior, dog sweaters, dog walking, ma, Stoughton
Let me start by saying, thanks to all the veterans, their families and the dogs that served this country. Cynthia and I were in the Navy years ago, and we both met amazing people and learned a lot from them.
We were planning to go out with the kids, but after a short walk, about 1/2 hour, Abby and Emmie both seemed tired so we decided to forgo our outing today and do it sometime this week.
Anyway, Emmie showed us what she wanted to do today, vegetate, and we decided to follow her lead. Enjoy your weekend.
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, dog behavior, dog boarding, dog walking, veterans day, yellow lab
Yesterday, Saturday, was a gorgeous day so we decided to go to Little Italy, also know as the North End, in Boston, MA. Cynthia and I agreed that we are going to do our best to see as much of Massachusetts as we possibly can while we live here. When we lived in Maryland, DC was a 20 minute drive from home and we failed to see a lot of it and so we don’t want to make the same mistake again.
Abby, “I am posing, therefore I want a treat.”
We took Abby and Emmie for a nice walk around Little Italy, and Cynthia found 2 bakeries, forgot the names, where she got some delicious bread. I am sure we’ll be heading that way many more times in the future.
Abby and Emmie, “No more pictures. We are tired.”
Our trip was about 3 hours long, let’s not forget the traffic coming and going, and afterwards everybody was tired, thirsty, hungry and sleepy. After we all had a nice lunch, we took a well deserved nap. And that’s what I call a well spent Saturday.
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Tagged basic training, behavior modification, Boston MA, dog behavior, Recreation, walk, yellow lab
This picture was taken in DC. From L to R: My Alex, yours truly, Sarris, and Dozer.
When I do a consultation, the first thing I want is for the pet parent to tell me what issues his dog is exhibiting and what is it that they want to accomplish. Once they do that, usually my first question is: how many times a day do you walk your dog and for how long? Some pet parents look at me a little funny, but what they don’t know is that providing a dog with physical and mental stimulation makes a difference between having a balanced dog or a nightmare of a dog.
A beautiful day in DC.
A walk, as I tell all my clients, is to be a structured walk. What do I mean by that? Your dog needs to be on your right or left side, not ahead of you and not smelling every single thing on his/her path. In the above picture, I am walking 3 dogs, from left to right: Dozer, a Doberman Pinscher mix; Sarris, a Weimaraner; and my Alex, a pit bull mix. All of them are walking beside me not ahead of me. Walking is draining them physically, and walking while paying attention to what I am doing and I want is draining them mentally. When we got home, they were all out like a light. Well, to be quite honest, I took a nap too.
Alex, “Mom, I think someone is taking our picture.”
I’ve written a few times about the importance of walking your dog, and do you know why? Because some, if not a lot, of the behavioral problems exhibited by dogs are the result of a lack of physical and mental exercise. In the above picture, they are all alert but calm. That you’ll get from your dog if you take the time to walk him/her. Before I forget; walking is an excellent exercise for us pet parents. So go out and walk your dog:-)
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Tagged doberman, dog behavior, dog training, dog walking, ma, pit bull, Stoughton, weimaraner