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By The Sweat of Your Brow You Will Eat

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Abby, “Mom, give my food now.”

When I was a kid, my mom used to say over and over again, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat,” and I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about.  In my defense, I was 6 years old at that time.  Anyway, now I understand what she meant and this is something that also applies to our canine companions.  By the way, do you see that pair of socks on the floor?  I left them there on purpose.  Why?  So Abby can go and play with them and I can correct her.  She won’t learn unless she makes mistakes.

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Abby, “Mom, you have my undivided attention.”

Notice the distance between Abby and me, but remember that she has been with us for almost 2 months so this was not an overnight thing.  I started with very little distance and now I’ve increased it.  The hand signal is for her to stay and this is why Basic Training is important.  Look at Abby’s eye contact.  Perfect!

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Abby, “Oh boy, when will I eat?”

Now is a good time to feed her.  I started by feeding her in her kennel and then outside the kennel.  Next time I’ll post what she does prior to sitting pretty like that.  Why?  Because she goes bananas and she has learned that she will not eat until she is calm.  As you can see, Abby does work for her food, or should I say sweat?  And just so we are clear, this is a combination of behavior and training.  We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but little by little we are getting there.  Do you make your dog work for his food?  If so, how?  Enjoy your weekend.

Snowing On A Monday Morning

Walter

Walter

Could you believe that I took this picture last Saturday while walking with Walter?

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Today, Monday, certainly looks completely different from last Saturday.  Does Walter look concern about it?  Not really.

snow3This is my backyard.  The same backyard where Cynthia, a couple of days ago, BBQ.  Isn’t it supposed to be Spring now?  No, I am not complaining, but rather wondering about this crazy weather.

snow4Years ago, I used to dread anytime the weatherman said we had snow coming.  On my defense, I’d like to point out that for the first 15 years of my life I lived mostly in a tropical climate, close to the beach, and snow was nothing more to me than some pretty pictures on a book.  Now, I actually appreciate every season of the year.  Why?  My girlfriend, Cynthia, and dogs have taught me to be appreciative of what each season brings to us.

snow5Look at Alex.  No care in the world.  Just watching us specially when she hears that we open one of her bags full of treats.

snow6Walter, another perfect specimen, of what relaxation should look like.  I think the Greek philosopher, Diogenes, had the right idea.  He believed that happiness was achieved by returning to nature, and what better way to keep in touch with nature than living with dogs.

Chao Gir

Gir

Gir

Tomorrow, Saturday, Gir will be going back home to mom and dad.  Here are a couple of things that are unique about him:

  • Although he is small, ok. tiny, he has a big personality
  • He has a great appetite
  • He loves to nap on my lap and sun bathe
  • He adores Nylabones and runs around with them.  Why?  Who knows, for nobody is chasing after him
  • He is not a morning doggie and prefers to wake up late

Every single dog has his/her likes and dislikes and what’s most memorable to me happens to be their quirks.  Have a great weekend.