Responsibility

Warning: This may sound like I’m on a soap box or ranting.

As dog owners it’s our responsibility to clean up after our dogs.  I frequent the parks, walk on the trails and of course walk through my neighborhood.  It appalls me at how much dog waste I see laying around.  I’m not sure if I notice it more because it’s winter and the snow makes it or if more people really aren’t picking up after their dogs.

We live in a city that is reasonably dog friendly, I know it could be better, but at least Rochester allows dogs in their parks.  Please, I beg of of you, pick up after your dog, pick up after others dogs, and if you see someone in need of a bag, offer them one.

Thanks for reading my rant and I’m now stepping off my soapbox.

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A New Year

Who else thinks it seems crazy that another year has passed?  I like to make goals each year while;  most of the time I accomplish those goals sometimes I don’t.  I can, however, tell you that each day I work towards my goals.

With a senior dog with a degenerative neurological disease and an adolescent puppy, I’ve made one of my goals this year to spend time with my dogs.  I should clarify- I am spending intentional time with my dogs.  So frequently our dogs are just there and we take that for granted.  We walk them because they need a walk, but our minds on are on other things whether it’s work or what’s going on with the family.  As we enter 2015 I encourage you to spend time with your dog whether it’s playing a game of fetch, teaching a new trick, or slowing down to enjoy the journey on your walks.

 

Here’s to an intentional 2015!

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How I Failed My Dog

I’ve been training dogs for a number of years and my dog Isabelle has been faithfully and willingly by my side.  I’ve had her since she was a puppy and we worked together every day practicing obedience,  agility, tricks or we would go on hiking adventures.  As she has gotten older (she’s now 8.5) and as Good Dog Camp has gotten busier, I’ve started to fail her because I’ve taken for granted that she’s ‘trained’ and that she’s an ‘old dog’ and should be allowed to relax.

Boy, have I been wrong about a few thing with her!  We recently started visiting Katie to rehab a partially torn cruciate and this is when I realized I needed to get back to my dog and give her more of what she needs.  After just 1 session of physical therapy and a week of practicing our homework I could already see a difference in her.  She was learning new things and enjoying it.  (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?)  Each week she approaches a new task enthusiastically, although clumsily.  The biggest thing that I’ve changed between our previous training routine and our current one is that instead of working 20-40 min, we now work 5 minutes so that she isn’t too tired and doesn’t over compensate for her weak leg.

Keep your eyes open for tIsabelle water treadmillhe anti aging tips for older dogs blog post.

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Winter in Minnesota

Today feels like a heat wave!  The ambient temperature is 26 and the windchill is 10.  For some this may sound cold, but for those of us in Minnesota it a time to celebrate!  Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that I was able to take the dogs out for a nice long and fun walk.  It felt great for me to get some fresh air (that didn’t burn my lungs) and for the dogs to burn off some of their pent up energy.  Gertie did very well on her loose leash walk and is learning self control while at bootcamp, while Grace and Samwise had a blast playing with each other.  Here are a few pictures of our adventure today.  Enjoy 🙂

Gertie Leash Walk

Gertie Sit at corner

Samwise and Grace trail

 

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ll admit it, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I mean, how can it not be with the while family together and delicious food all around?  I think this might also be my dog’s favorite holiday as she gets lots of pets from family members while she waits patiently for people to drop food on the floor or turkey to be unattended so she can help herself to a leg (ok, she wouldn’t do that….).

However, for many dogs Thanksgiving can be a stressful event with people coming in and out of the house, children running around, and extra table scraps being tossed their way thus causing stomach issues.  Here are some tips to help you and your furry friend out this holiday season.

Thanksgiving 2013

1) Take a walk before guests arrive.  This will help burn off some extra energy and make your dog a little more relaxed when people show up.

2) Practice ‘Place’   Having your dog go to his bed keeps him from being under foot.

3) Put your dog in a crate or shut them in a different room and give them a toy such a Kong to chew on.  This will help them feel more relaxed and prevent them from running away when the door is opened.

4) Do not feed your dog table scraps.  If your dog is not used to this, it can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea.  Most definitely do not feed them turkey bones.

5) Have extra water available to your dog throughout the day.  This is an exciting day and your dog may get thirsty.

 

Most importantly, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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