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Merry Christmas 2018

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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.

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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!

A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog

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Alex, “Moms, this feels good!”

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.

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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?

Happy Belated Birthday Abby!

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Abby, “Mom, are you feeding me any time soon?”

My inpatient birthday girl could hardly wait for her breakfast.  That look speaks volumes!

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Abby ate her delicious breakfast – finally! – which consisted of a stir fry and some kibble.  She inhaled it.

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Abby, “Moms, I am ready.  Let’s go”

Yes, Abby was more than ready to go and get some cookies for her birthday.  I like for her to travel in her crate or wearing a seat belt, specially made for dogs, so she is safe.

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Abby, “Moms, I want this one!”

Abby was certainly not shy about letting us know exactly what she wanted.  We took her to Maggie’s Dog House in Hingham, MA.

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Abby, “Mom, make sure you hold on tight to my bag full of goodies”

And so after we did some shopping we headed for a little bit of an outing to the city.

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Abby, “Mom, I like everything I am smelling”

And so we ended up going to Back Bay, Boston.  Abby loved it.

 

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Abby, ” I am 3 years Old?  No way!  I feel younger than that.

 

After our nice long day, Abby finally got her birthday cake.  Abby’s birthday is at the beginning of April, but we were too busy at that time so we decided to celebrate it a little bit late.  I am not too sure Abby mind that, do you?

 

Abby And Her First Northeastern

Abby, “Mom, did you hear that?”

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Since the weather was terrible, to say the least, Abby volunteered to help me put our laundry away.  Oh, she was also on guard duty, as you can see.

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Abby, “Mom, this is not folded properly”.

To be quite honest, I don’t know how much help Abby really was, but I know that she always tries her best to help me out with chores at home.

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Abby, “Mom, I am so tired.  Helping you takes a lot out of me”.

I know, I know.  I shouldn’t work Abby so hard.  Let’s keep in mind that she volunteered to help me out.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Holidays = Chaos?

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I know, chaos may be an exaggeration, but for most people holidays tend to be pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  What I like about holidays, of course, happen to be the food “we” cook,  I am using we very loosely since Cynthia is the one that cooks, while Abby and I end up being the “critics”.  I know, what a hard life we have, but hey, someone’s got to do it.  Right?

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Along with all the food we are planning to enjoy, comes plenty of relaxation and/or sleeping, which Champagne gladly demonstrates for us all the time.

 

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Abby, “Mom, did you remember to pack my food?”

And then we have those that will be traveling to visit family.  That won’t be us this year, but for those that are traveling my suggestion would be: have patience; carry food and water; take your dog with you; and above all, enjoy your family.  What plans do you have for these upcoming holidays?

 

Veterans Day 2017

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Whether you are going to explore new places like Abby…

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Or making new friends, take a moment to remember this special day.  Thanks to all those who served and their families.

Is Dog Behavior Modification Fast, Easy, And Simple?

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If anybody tells you that dog behavior modification is fast, easy and simple to do, that person would be lying to you.  In order to modify the behavior of a dog, you really need, at a minimum, 3 weeks.  Whenever I am going to work with a dog, I do a meet and greet to make an assessment of the dog and the expectations of the pet parent.  Abby, a 2 1/2 year old Beabull, ate so fast that she would toss her cookies right after she inhaled her food.  I tried a lot of different things, including a funny looking dish and at the beginning it worked, but later on she went back to puking on and off.  Because of that, I changed the way I did things with her: she started by eating in her kennel; I did not talk to her at all, no commands, nothing; I was the only one feeding her; and all I asked from her was to give me eye contact right before I put her dish down.

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So, how is Abby doing right now?  She hasn’t tossed her cookies in a long time and I no longer have to use the funny looking dish I got for her unless I want to.  What I was doing with Abby was behavior modification, and I can tell you from experience that it takes time, consistency, patience, repetition, and a thorough knowledge of dog body language that most pet parents lack.  For that reason, I’d recommend that you find the right person to help you.  Ask a lot of questions, and don’t buy the, “I can fix your dog in 1 week for only $1,800”.  If you find someone like that, don’t walk, run, and run fast.  Behavior modification takes time and depending on what you are trying to change it can be quite complex.