I got tired of typing that long, Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training title, so I went with the shorter version, Charlie’s Progress. Hope you don’t mind.
Anyway, today Remy came to vacation with us for a few days and I’ll be honest when I say that he is the most gentle dog we’ve ever had. So cute too!
Remy already met Abby the last time he stayed with us, but this was the first time Remy was meeting our Charlie. How did it go? Charlie barked furiously-our neighbors probably thought something was going on-when he saw Remy, but after a couple of minutes he was quiet. I will give you all the juicy details on my next post. Take care and hydrate!
In January we moved from MA to Maryland, and to say that Abby was excited about our move would be an understatement. She loved “inspecting” the boxes we were putting together to pack our things; she dashed between Cynthia and yours truly as if to “help” us pack; she watched Cynthia like a hawk while she taped the boxes; and when she was tired she’d take a nap near one of us or go to bed.
Abby, “Aha! I told you this was your glove mom.”
Abby seems to enjoy moving, but she is the exception rather than the rule. Because dogs enjoy having a routine, moving could be stressful for them so I’d recommend the following:
Walk/run your dog at least once a day. Exercise is paramount at this time
On moving day, make sure that your dog is in her crate while things are being loaded to a truck/car
Once you get to your new place – assuming you took her for a long walk/run in the morning – put on her collar and leash and walk with her through the entire house
Afterwards, put her in her crate while your things are being unloaded
Take her out of the crate once unloading is done, but limit where she could go and explore for the first week or so
Dogs love routine, but if you plan ahead of time perhaps moving doesn’t have to be very stressful for your canine companion and you. How did your dog(s) do on your last move?
When a dog gets sufficient mental and physical stimulation, she will be well behaved and balanced. The majority of the “issues” pet parents encounter with their canine companions is due to a lack or inappropriate amount of mental and physical activity.
There are many ways to exercise your dog, these are just some suggestions: running, walking, swimming, kayaking, etc. However you decide to exercise and stimulate your dog with, please start slowly. How do you exercise/stimulate your dog?
I’ve met countless of pet parents that are unable to walk their dogs regardless of the dog’s weight, age, breed, etc. My most popular behavior modification class is, Loose Leash Walking with Your Dog. Depending on the dog and handler, getting a dog to walk properly could take one session or a few sessions. Why? Because we will be working on changing a dog’s old bad behavior – pulling on leash – by modifying his behavior and doing so takes time, patience, consistency, and repetition.
Champagne, Abby, and Bentley (L to R)
The cuties in the above picture range from 31lbs., to 119lbs., and they’re all walking with me. If I can do it, so can you! Walking is a great exercise for you and your dog, therefore if you can’t walk your dog properly, find a professional that can help you with this.
Since Nina, one of Abby’s friends, believes that there are ghosts in Stoughton, MA, Abby decided to take a trip to Salem, MA and see if she could find some witches. You know what? She did. The statue behind us is that of Elizabeth Montgomery who played Samantha in Bewitched. When I was a kid in Ecuador, I used to love that show. And by the way, that’s the reason why I have a smile from ear to ear. I got to “see” Samantha.
The day was gorgeous, sunny and warm, and so we walked and explored. Aside from that, Abby got to work on behavior modification. How? By meeting people while being calm, and also seeing a few dogs and not pulling us to meet such dogs. She is also getting used to walking amongst crowds of people.
Another thing I got Abby to experience was walking slowly on a bench. What’s the big deal? Well, this bench had a lot of space between boards and Abby had to learn to position her cute paws and walk on it without much hesitation or fear. You see? A nice outing while working on behavior modification. That’s what I call a win-win for our pack.
Abby, “I heard something, but I don’t see anybody around”. Nina, “I don’t like this”.
Nina, the cutie pie on the left, comes to hang out with Abby sometimes, and walks are always on Abby’s schedule. Today we had some rain so we took a late morning walk.
Abby, “I told you I heard something. Could that be a ghost?”
I don’t know exactly what they heard, but they both turned their heads at the same time. Let’s remember they can hear better than us, humans. Our walk was an hour long and we all enjoyed it.
Nina, “I don’t know about you, but I am leaving. There may be ghosts around here.
Are there ghosts in Stoughton, MA? I don’t know, but Nina certainly didn’t want to stick around to find out. Smart girl. I may need to have Abby’s ears checked by the vet since she didn’t even move. What do you think?
This morning I told Abby, “We have to go to drop off some mail at the post office. But, this time you, meaning Abby, will be carrying all 30 envelopes”. She looked at me with a surprised look. Yes, like the one above.
Since Abby “agreed” to carry all 30 envelopes, I decided that as a reward she could smell the flowers – I know there are no flowers in the picture – which she loves to do. Let’s remember she is part Beagle.
Abby was so good that she even posed for this picture. I do my best to give Abby a job. Why? Because as a pet parent, I need and have to make sure that her needs are met. Going to the post office took us almost an hour. Once we got home, she drank some water and fell asleep. Like I said, “Busy Dog = Happy Dog”.
Abby, “Hello stranger. Pet me please. I could be your best friend.”
Abby, just like Alex, is very people and dog friendly, and of course she was not going to pass up the opportunity of meeting this nice man. Abby has come a long way in regards to meeting people. At the beginning, let’s remember she was a puppy, she’d pee every time she’d meet someone new, but that is no longer the case.
Abby, “Moms, I don’t think that this is a bus stop.”
This past Memorial day weekend, we took Abby to South Boston, MA to expose her to a new environment and to my surprise she did well. She was relaxed while Cynthia took this picture. She needs to learn to be relaxed even when we are not right next to her.
Abby, “Moms, are we going bike riding?”
Abby usually wears a Gentle Leader, but there are times when I change her leash and collar specially when she is so nicely behaved. A Gentle Leader gives me more control with very little effort.
Abby, “Mom, more water please.”
A couple of minutes after we started walking I gave Abby some water. See the Gentle Leader? This is my second Summer in New England and I love it. Winter is another story, of course. Even though the weather here is not as hot nor humid as in Maryland, I still do our outings during the morning in order to make sure that Abby does not overheat.
A million thanks to all those who served and their families for their sacrifices.