How was your Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful time. I felt exactly like the above picture, tired and content after eating a delicious meal, but grateful for all the blessings in my life.
Now, who is impatiently waiting for the new year? I just hope I make it to 12AM so I can say, Happy New Year!” I don’t know about you, but I start to get sleepy around 10pm. Wishing you, your furry kids and family an amazing New Year!
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!
The above picture of Champagne is exactly how I felt this past Summer: hot, bothered, and anxiously waiting for better weather. And you know what? My wish came true and here’s Fall! We’ve had rain and a lot of cloudy days lately here in Stoughton, MA but I can’t complain about the weather because it’s been very pleasant with a few sunny days.
So, what’s Abby been up to? She’s been taking her usual walks – no longer very early in the morning – and lots of sleeping in her comfortable and warm bed. What a hard life my girl has, right? Anyway, enjoy this weather and don’t forget to walk your doggies.
We’ve lived in Stoughton, MA 2 1/2 years, and Summer time in MA is beautiful, but this year I really want the Summer to be over and done. Why? I am tired of 90 degrees days and high humidity.
Last Summer we went to Provincetown, or P town, and we enjoyed ourselves, but this Summer none of us, and yes that includes Abby, have wanted to go out. I know, I know. I am complaining, but I am sure a few of you pet parents, and canine companions agree with me. On a pleasant note, Summer is almost over!!
One of the things I teach pet parents and I find very important during Behavior and Training Level I, is to not allow their dogs to bolt out the door, any door for that matter. Why? They could get injured, killed, lost, cause an accident, and/or harm another dog/animal or human.
Even though Abby knows her boundaries at home, I still work with her in different areas and environments in order for her to continue to learn and improve.
I tell pet parents that they should not set up their dogs to fail. What do I mean by that? It’s not fair to ask a dog that is not exercised mentally and physically to do this. We, pet parents, need to fulfill their needs in order to get a balanced and well behaved dog. Like I tell many of my pet parents, behavior modification is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards, if you and your dog walk hard, are amazing!
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?
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:-)
Do 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.
Alex’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.
Aside 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?