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Abby + Backpack = Good Girl

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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.

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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.

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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?

Dog Behavior And Walking Your Dog

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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.

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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.

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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:-)

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?

Blizzard 2015 – Really?

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Well, I really thought that Maryland was going to get hit pretty bad with this storm, but we dodged the bullet, and I am so glad.  I was worried to be quiet honest, but Alex, on the other hand, was cool like a cucumber.  When I took her out, I think she was just happy to be out and did not seem to have a care in the world.

blizzard20152Aside from taking Alex for short walks, during Winter I do my best to make sure that I always have chicken soup cooked and ready for my girl.  She seems to enjoy it specially when she gets it as part of her morning and evening meal.  Don’t forget to exercise your canine companions, but please bundle up, both you and your furry kid, make the walks short, and be safe.

Christmas is Coming – Is That The Mailman?

presents2014Just like us humans, dogs also wait for their presents when Christmas is approaching, as you can see in the above picture.  The bad thing about it is that I don’t know yet what to get for them.  Any ideas?  I think an orthopedic bed.  They all go to the front window when they hear the doorbell ring expecting goodies for them.  Brats! presents2014 (2)And this is what most people end up seeing once I open the door.  Two adorable furry kids waiting for presents.  Talk about not having any patience.  Have a great weekend.

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.