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Spring is Coming – 2015

spring151Do you know how Alex is going to welcome Spring?  She will start by taking frequent naps specially when we go out sightseeing and/or shopping.  She has to have her beauty sleep.

spring152Alex’s naps will be followed by walks throughout the day.  She is a senior, almost 13 years old, and as such it is very important that she keeps her mobility, therefore exercise within reason is essential.

spring153Aside from naps and walks, Alex will also be working on some training.  She enjoys it as long as the reward is food so that is easily accomplished.  How will you and your furry kids be welcoming Spring?

Belated Happy New Year 2015

2015This was the first year we were not home.  Instead we went to Boston to visit family and did a little sightseeing while there.  As you can see, Alex could care less about the ducks around her.

20152It was funny to see Alex totally uninterested in all the real ducks around her, but once she saw these “fake” ducks she couldn’t help herself and she had to go and meet them.  As you can see, she is meeting them the polite way, the doggie way.  How?  By sniffing the tush.

20153Alex even posed with them.  She was such a good girl.  By the way, because it was so cold that day, we were out for about 20-30 minutes only.  We parked very close so we went back to the car and headed to get some food.

20154We could take Alex pretty much anywhere dogs are allowed because she is used to so many things, including horses.  We saw a policeman on a horse, but I was hesitant about asking him for a picture so we kept walking.  When Alex was a puppy I took her everywhere so that as an adult dog she would be comfortable in different situations and areas.  Belated happy new year 2015!

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.

 

 

Dogs Are Individuals

Roxy, Alex, and Gir (L to R)

Roxy, Alex, and Gir (L to R)

The above picture is one of my favorite pictures.  Most of us can easily see their differences because of their color, size, breed, etc., but most importantly what we, pet parents, need to keep in mind is that every dog is an individual.  As such, the approach we use regarding training, housebreaking, behavior modification, etc., needs to be tailored to that particular dog.

Roxy – Cute Pom

  • She has a big personality and always walks like she owns the place
  • She is my little shadow and loves to be with us
  • She gets easily scared of anything that flies such as bees, butterflies, etc., but she unbelievably brave when she thinks her human is in danger

Alex – My Pit Mix

  • She is a quiet Alpha, but she easily lets any other dog take that place
  • She gets along with all dogs, but prefers to hang out with people
  • She walks perfectly with a Gentle Leader

Gir – Min-Pin

  • The smallest dog I’ve taken care of so far, but just like Roxy, he has a big personality
  • He loves to snuggle on my lap and sunbathe with Alex
  • He has a lot of energy

individuals2When you decide to take your dog for training and/or behavior modification or if you decide to go at it alone, please remember that your dog is an individual and that even learning will be up to your dog.  Some dogs are fast learners, while others take a little longer.  The key ingredient you need to have for sure is patience.  A lot of patience.  Also, have fun with your dog.

Basic Training Part II – BARCS ID# A21561474

certificateBella completed her Basic Training/Good Manners class on Saturday, 3/01/14 and to say that we are proud of her would be an understatement.  With Casey, my first dog, I took Obedience I, Obedience II, and Canine Good Citizen.  With Alex, my current furry kid, I took Obedience I.  Why do I do this?  What’s the point?  These are questions I’ve been asked by a few pet parents, and my answer to them is:

  • A trained dog is a better behaved dog which in return makes sharing your life with her a joy rather than a burden
  • Training allows you to manage your dog better in different settings, not just at home, but for that to happen you need to incorporate training into your every day life
  • You can take your dog to family reunions or gatherings, and/or she can be the “hostess” when you have people over

bellaThere are a lot of more reasons for your dog to have, at a minimum, basic training under her belt, but it’d be too long to list them all.  For those pet parents that have dogs classified as aggressive/strong breed or whatever other term they are using now, basic training is paramount, and, in my opinion, essential.  Living with dogs should make your life better and more enjoyable, but you, as the pet parent, need to do your part.  Congratulations to our foster dog, Bella, for working hard to get her Basic Obedience certificate.  This cutie is still available for adoption.  If interested, please contact BARCS.