There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state. I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.
Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry. Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out. Traitor! Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver. Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small. And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.
Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life. Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?
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Tagged Anxiety, behavior modification, Family, Health, home, life, Pit bulls
Abby, “Mom, I am 100% sure that we’re lost. Could we please ask for direction? Please!!!
Yes, we were totally lost when we visited Quebec, but it didn’t matter to us. How come? We had a good time exploring this beautiful city, and eating along the way.
Abby, “Moms, do you need help packing? One suitcase = 2 cookies. What do you think?”
We were all ready to go back to Massachusetts after visiting Canada, but I think Abby a bit more because she watched us carefully while we packed our things.
Abby, “Moms, did you remember to pack my food and treats?”
I had to take the above picture. Abby looked so adorable that it was hard to resist. Anyway, we were ready to leave Quebec after a nice vacation, and yes, Abby did get treats and food along the way.
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Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, canine companions, dog behaviorist, dog training, Pit bulls, traveling with dogs
These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:
- A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
- You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
- By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future
Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless! Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.
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Tagged behavior modification, Family, foster dogs, foster parents, french bulldogs, Pit bulls, shelter dogs
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.
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?
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Tagged dog collars, Gentle Leader, Halti, leashes, ma, Pit bulls, Stoughton
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.
Yes, I do believe that most, not all, dog owners are healthier people than those without dogs. I remember a couple of years ago when my Alex was injured and unable to walk with me, I went out by myself to walk, and I still remember how boring it was.
I never did it again. What was the solution? I started to offer dog walking as one of my services. Regardless of your dog’s breed, go out and take him for a walk. A dog will keep you active, and – this is the best part – he or she will surely enrich your life.
If you don’t believe me, ask any pet parent about it, and they will be glad to talk your ear off, and show you an amazing amount of pictures of their fur babies. For those without dogs, give it a try and foster a dog and see how much your life will change.
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Dogs, foster dogs, Walking
Tagged dog walker, french bulldogs, Halti, Labrador Retriever, leashes, Pit bulls, Stoughton MA
Alex, Bella, and Josie (L to R)
Regardless of the size or breed of dog I’ve taken care of, one thing I’ve realized they all love to do is nap. We, humans, sometimes feel guilty of taking a nap, yours truly is one of those, but as time goes by I am starting to feel less and less guilty.
Some dogs like Josie, the one by the sliding dogs, love to nap while getting a bit of sun, while others, like Bella, prefer a mix of a carpet and a cool floor. My point is, let’s learn from our canine companions and take a nap without any guilt!
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Tagged behavior modification, canine companions, dog bed, dogs, naps, Pit bulls, weimaraner
Abby, “Are you taking a picture of me again?!!
Summer time here in Massachusetts is great because there is low humidity, and we don’t get many hot days like in Maryland. But just so you know, I still miss Maryland. Anyway, Abby and I get up early in the morning for our first walk, around 6am, in order to make sure that my girl does not get overheated or burn her cute paws. The next walk is late in the evening and this is usually a short walk because there are some days when the ground is still hot.
Champagne, “I am posing and smiling. Treats and water please!
The time you choose to walk your dog is very important, but for those dogs that have dark coats like Champagne, pit bull in above picture, and Abby it could mean life or death. I love to walk with my dog, but I am always very mindful of the weather and temperature. Well, lace up your walking shoes and enjoy your walk with your canine companion.
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Tagged Beabull, canine companions, dog walker, Gengtle Leader, leashes, Pit bulls, Stoughton MA
Abby is one of the friendliest and most playful dogs I’ve met, but even like that I continue to expose her to different dogs – yes even pit bulls – in order to brush up on her doggie manners.
Abby, “Moms, I am making some new friends”
Regardless of the size, breed, age, etc., of your dog, socializing your dog should be an ongoing project for all pet parents. Before I forget, Happy Mother’s Day!
Abby, “Moms, I love the snow. I am using my ears as wings. Weeee!”
Today, Tuesday, is the first day of Spring, but you wouldn’t know it since we still have snow on the ground, and tomorrow we’re expecting our 4th nor’easter. What will Abby be doing? Playing in the snow, of course!
While Abby will be having a blast playing in the snow tomorrow, other dogs prefer to nap in a comfortable bed with a blanket or two.
Abby and Champagne (L to R). Champagne, “Will I be getting a treat any time soon?”
And then there are those, like Abby and Champagne, that prefer to “help” in the kitchen and be Cynthia’s sous chefs. Regardless of what you decide to do tomorrow, please be safe and keep yourself and your furry kids warm.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, dog behavior, dog walking, french bulldogs, Pit bulls, Stoughton MA