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Stop Talking To Your Dog!

Abby and Charlie, “Mom, you talk too fast so we’ll just go ahead and ignore you. There!”

Years ago, when I took my very first dog training class with an excellent dog trainer, Janet Bennet, there was a lady with a small dog and during class she had conversations with her dog rather than plainly telling him, “Sit.” To say that I smiled about this exchange between the two of them would be an understatement, but I know now that that is the worst thing you could do with your dog.

Yes, you should use words to teach your dog commands, but dogs don’t need a story of why you want him to do something. To be effective at communicating with your dog, use your body language, tone of voice, intention, and energy. And if you have a fearful, sensitive, excitable, or shy dog, the least you talk to him, the better for both of you because you will not be frustrated and he will learn at his own pace. So, let’s leave our talking for the trainer you are communicating with about your canine companion and start communicating properly with your dog. Stay safe!

Is Your Anxiety Affecting Your Dog?

Remy, Abby, and Charlie, “Man! Are we lost again?”

Yes, your anxiety is affecting your dog. Before I start a session with a client and her dog, I make sure that the pet parent is relaxed and ready to work. Dogs are able to figure out when you are sad, stressed out, angry, etc. How do they do that? I believe they do it by looking at our body language, tone of voice, and smell.

A couple of months ago, I had to get a quote for some home repairs, and I just didn’t feel like doing that that particular day, but I’ve already made the appointment, and I did not want to waste this person’s time so I started to get ready, 30 minutes prior to the appointment, while Charlie and Abby slept. Now, once I started to get ready, both Abby and Charlie, woke up and started to pace, followed me around, and tried to make eye contact. I stopped for a minute and looked at both of them, and asked myself, “What is going on with these two?” I realized that I was stressed out, and that I was stressing out my dogs without realizing it. What did I do? I sat down, started touching their ears and neck, and after a couple of minutes Charlie, Abby and yours truly relaxed. And with that being said, yes, we do stress out our dogs, and if we pay attention to them, we’d be able to modify our behavior-human behavior that is-and learn to live a balanced life. Have a great week!

Managing A Multi-Dog Household

Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, and Remy, a handsome Pit bull napping while I write this post.

A few pet parents have asked me how do I manage a multi-dog household and this is what I tell them:

  1. Exercise is the #1 ingredient and the most important of all. If your dog is tired, chances that he will have the energy to get in trouble highly decreases. He can run, walk, hike, etc.
  2. Each dog needs to have his own area for eating. If you use a crate, great!
  3. Never leave your dogs loose in the house while you are out running errands
  4. Manners! Dogs have manners so there will be no pushing, pawing, steeping over one another, etc.
  5. Do your best to spend a few minutes with each individual dog

I have Abby and Charlie as my dogs and demo dogs, but I also get my clients’ dogs that stay with us for short and extended times so I make sure that my pack gets along with each other. Now, aside from what I listed above, you, the pet parent, have to practice being a zen person. What is that? A zen person lives peacefully and has a sense of bliss. Yes, this may be the hardest part for most of us to do, but this is good for our dogs, and for us as well. Any questions? Stay safe.

Kibble Or Fresh Food?

Beef, rice, and veggies.

Are you just as confused as other pet parents when it comes to deciding what to feed your canine companion? Don’t feel bad, you are not alone. Alex, our first dog, ate mostly kibble til she got to be about 10 years old or so. Because I saw how much her mobility was declining, after doing some research I ended up mixing kibble and fresh food. Result: within days she was moving around without a problem. Seeing this made me, depending on the dog, mix fresh food and kibble and so this is what Abby and Charlie usually get:

  • Abby gets, depending on the level of activity planned for that day, about 1/2 cup of kibble and 2 cups of fresh food for the day. Once every blue moon, she gets a little bit of wet food. She weighs about 30lbs.
  • Charlie gets about 1 cup of kibble and 2 1/2 of fresh food for the day. He weighs about 70lbs.

When I fed them only kibble, Abby’s tush stunk and she did #2 often-more than twice a day-and her mouth smelled, while Charlie’s #2 was too soft and he licked his butt like crazy.

Through trial and error, I figured out what worked best for my dogs and that is a mix of fresh food and kibble. I’d suggest you do some research-books, nutritionist, other pet parents-and slowly see what works for your dog. Just like humans, what works for one person may not work for another. Feed what’s best for your canine companion and don’t forget to take her out for a walk. Stay safe.

Have A Great Monday! Really?

This is how Abby and Charlie helped me do chores today.

As you could see from the above picture, my canine kids certainly know how to start the week. Monday was never my favorite day, but now I am starting to learn to appreciate every day. Yes, even Monday.

Charlie, “What in God’s green earth is that light? Moms!”

I had to post the above picture. Charlie seemed to be fascinated by that candle. A minute later he moved away from it. The novelty wore off fast. Anyway, enjoy your week and stay safe!

Spring Is Here!

Abby and Charlie, “It may be Spring already, but we still need our blankets and sweaters mom.”

Yes, Spring arrived in Maryland last month, but we’re still wearing sweaters and light jackets on certain days. By the way, we are starting to see some wonderful changes on Charlie which I’ll talk about on another post.

Well, enjoy your weekend. Weather permitting, we’ll probably BBQ, take some walks, naps, and just enjoy the weekend. Stay safe!

A Rainy Day In Annapolis, MD

Abby and Charlie napping on this rainy day.

Yes, it’s raining in Annapolis, MD and to be frank I truly don’t care for rainy days, but if you look at Abby and Charlie I’d say that they are taking advantage of this weather. Don’t you think so?

On the plus side, we did get to have a nice morning walk today so I guess I shouldn’t complain, but let’s get real, I am human and so I will complain regardless. Stay safe!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2022

Bella and Dexter, “Could we have some privacy please mom! Aren’t we adorable?”

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you pet parents and your canine kids! Although the day started cloudy with some flurries, as time went by it turned out to be sunny and nice enough to take a long walk. Aside from celebrating this day about love, we also celebrate it because Charlie, yesterday, has been with us for one year. Could you believe that? Time goes by so fast.

Enjoy this beautiful day with your family, give them extra hugs and kisses, and don’t forget to walk. Stay safe!

Back To Our Old Routine

Abby and Charlie, “Mom, we saw a fish. Could we get it?” Mom, “No!”

Since Abby and Charlie were driving us up the wall-totally my fault of course-this is what their day looks like:

  1. Walking – extremely important therefore I listed it first. If possible, twice a day
  2. Behavior and Training – make your pup wait for you while you take laundry out of the dryer; eye contact to you right before you feed him; sit while you put on his Halti and much more
  3. Structure – your dog should have time for walks, behavior and training, crate time, and naps
  4. Job – find out what your dog loves to do and hire him/her for that job

The above are just a few of the things you need to do in order for your dog to be balanced, and for you to keep your sanity and minimize at all cost your hair turning gray. There are studies that state that stress causes our hair to turn gray so for the sake of vanity if nothing else, follow the above list. Stay safe!

I Need Ideas For Charlie’s 3rd Birthday!

Charlie, “Where’s my cake and food?”

The above picture was taken a couple of days after we got Charlie from the SPCA in Annapolis, MD almost a year ago, and-I am going to come clean-I forgot that his birthday was the 16th of this month. Could you believe that?

Since I’m guilt-ridden about it, I’d like to make it up to Charlie this weekend by celebrating his birthday so I need ideas. Thanks!