Walter, Australian Shepherd, and Dexter, Boxer mix. (L to R)
I got a video from Dexter’s mom this week in which he was playing with a toy without a care in the world. When we met Dexter he was 5 years old. He is a little over 10 years old now, and he looked so happy and much older that I remembered. That video made me think. Why we, humans, are so worried about getting old? I know we have to plan for the future, that’s a given, but many of us worry for no particular reason. I do think that dogs live in the moment, something we humans find somewhat difficult to do, and so I’d say to you, do what makes you happy, and learn from your dogs. Carpe Diem people!
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Abby, “Mom, please turn off the lights. Moving is exhausting!”
Yes, that’s how tired Abby looked after helping us unpack. By the way, she is lucky since we are not unpacking everything. Remember to provide your canine companion a bed and some blankets.
Abby, “Mom, wait! I am not ready. Please wait!
Sorry Abby, but I had to capture that facial expression. We are taking nice walks except when the days don’t permit us to do so. All in all, I could say that although it was stressful to move and super tiring, to say the least, we are really glad to be back in Maryland and we are looking forward to all the adventures we’ll have in Crofton!
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Tagged Annapolis Maryland, canine companions, Crofton, dog bed, dog behavior modification, MD, Odenton Maryland
Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R). This was the last time Dexter stayed with us.
We met Dexter, a very handsome Boxer mix, about 2 years ago during a pack walk in Annapolis, MD and the impression I got of him was that he was a quiet and gentle boy and you know what? I was right.
Dexter stayed with us for almost 3 weeks this time, and I was glad that we had all that time with him before he and his mom moved to Phoenix. Will I miss him? Yes, I will miss him dearly, but I hope that he does not miss us at all. Leave that to us. I want him to be happy. That is what I want and wish for all the dogs that stay with us.
I don’t board a lot of dogs at one time because I want to provide the care, attention, love, exercise, and so many other things that a kennel facility is not able to do. The only bad thing about it is that I end up falling in love with all these beautiful dogs, but I don’t regret it. Have a wonderful life our sweet, handsome, gentle Dexter and may your life be full of love, peace, and a lot of treats. We love you, always.
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Tagged Annapolis, boxer, Bull dog, dog boarding, dog trainer, Kennel facility, MD, pit bull
When I was walking Bella, the first week we got her from BARCS, I ended up flat on the ground because she did not know how to walk properly and because she was afraid of everything. I had to start desensitizing her so I, little by little, took her to new places to experience things such as bikes, motorcycles, people, etc. I started by getting her accustomed to low-level stimulus, and slowly, very slowly, increased its intensity. Our walks, at the beginning, were in our neighborhood for the most part, but since she seemed very comfortable in that environment I took her to Johns Hopkins Rd. in Crofton, MD because this is a busy street.
Some trainers and behaviorist like to use flooding – a dog is made to face his fears and he is prevented from fighting and/or fleeing – and for some dogs this method works, but not for others, like Bella. When we took her to Baltimore for an adoption event months ago, she lost it. It was so bad that when we got home she had diarrhea. As you can see, flooding was not for Bella.
This is what I wanted from Bella: a relaxed, but attentive state of mind. How did she do? Great, in my opinion. She only barked once at a girl who got pretty close to our car, but she stopped within seconds. What did I learn? That what I must have in abundance is patience in order to help my girl, Bella. What are you doing to help your dog become a balanced canine companion? Let me know.
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Tagged balanced dog, behavior modification, Crofton, good state of mind, MD, Odenton, rehabilitation