This morning a man from the Maryland Renaissance Fair came by our house looking for a bird he lost recently. I felt bad for him because there is some wildlife around where we live and I told him so, but I do hope that he finds his bird.
I haven’t been to the fair yet. I know, excuses, excuses. But if you have the time to go, have fun! Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!
I’ve recently seen that shelters are struggling with the large intake of dogs that it is believed stems from the desire of people to adopt dogs during the pandemic, and this is yours truly trying to influence you to go out and adopt, but-and this is super important-make sure that your energy, that of your current dog, and new dog align together.
What do I mean by that? Well, this is what I mean:
You and your dog are for the most part sedentary – meaning that you go for a walk once in a while and both of you are ok with it. Do not adopt a dog-regardless of age-that is hyper or needs a huge amount of exercise because it will not work out
You and your dog are active – meaning that you walk/run/hike every day and thrive on being active. Adopt a dog that is active and have a wonderful time!
You are active, but your dog is getting old and requires less exercise – You could adopt an active dog that could run/hike/walk with you, always remembering to provide your senior dog with shorter walks and time to go potty
You are sedentary, but your dog is active – do not adopt a hyper dog to provide exercise for your current dog. It will be a huge headache having 2 active dogs
You are probably thinking, “Marcela, I thought you were trying to encourage us to adopt, but your post doesn’t seem to suggest that.” To what I’d respond by saying that having a multi-dog household is wonderful as long as the activity level matches that of the pet parent and current dog in order to be successful. With that being said, if you are thinking about adding a new doggie to your family, this may be the right time. Do you have a multi-dog household?
Years ago, when I took my very first dog training class with an excellent dog trainer, Janet Bennet, there was a lady with a small dog and during class she had conversations with her dog rather than plainly telling him, “Sit.” To say that I smiled about this exchange between the two of them would be an understatement, but I know now that that is the worst thing you could do with your dog.
Yes, you should use words to teach your dog commands, but dogs don’t need a story of why you want him to do something. To be effective at communicating with your dog, use your body language, tone of voice, intention, and energy. And if you have a fearful, sensitive, excitable, or shy dog, the least you talk to him, the better for both of you because you will not be frustrated and he will learn at his own pace. So, let’s leave our talking for the trainer you are communicating with about your canine companion and start communicating properly with your dog. Stay safe!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you pet parents and your canine kids! Although the day started cloudy with some flurries, as time went by it turned out to be sunny and nice enough to take a long walk. Aside from celebrating this day about love, we also celebrate it because Charlie, yesterday, has been with us for one year. Could you believe that? Time goes by so fast.
Enjoy this beautiful day with your family, give them extra hugs and kisses, and don’t forget to walk. Stay safe!
We are currently looking to add another canine companion to our family, but we are being patient about it because it has to be the right fit for us specially for our Abby.
If you decide to add another dog to your family, make sure that you consider the following: age, gender, breed, and temperament. As long as the introduction of the new dog is done properly, you will enjoy having multiple dogs at home. Wish us luck on our search of another canine companion and stay safe!
Remy is what I would call a gentle giant. Our Abby looks so small next to him, and he looks so imposing, don’t you think? But you know what? He is actually a very sweet and sensitive doggie. We are glad to have him with us.
I’ve noticed something interesting about Remy. He likes hanging out with my mom, and she enjoys his company too. It seems like we have a total of 2 guard dogs. Take care and stay safe.