Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
We have two guests on fours. I'm always happy to meet new dogs. But this is the first time anyone stayed over. I got quite confused when they were placed in my kennel overnight and I had to sleep in the living room. There were some challenges at first. Kani (Maltese) urinated on Mom's bag and my bean bag! Then he pooped in the house. Mom and Dad were not pleased. We were made to sit-stay for our meals. It took a few tries for them to understand the concept. The more cooperative we are, the quicker we get to eat. Eventually, we got our yummy meals. I surveyed their bowls afterwards to make sure no kibble got missed. We got rawhides. Kani didn't even want it! What planet is he from!?! Gili (shih tzu) took it but seemed to only chew on the edges a couple of times. After I finished mine, I sneaked into Gili's. Choking while trying to swallow the smaller piece. It was soon taken away. :( We patrolled for squirrels at the usual park. I chased 2 on my watch. They must have been rookies as they were on their leash the whole time. Probably still on probation. I am told they are leaving today. It is fun having them around but I'll be glad to have Mom and Dad to myself now.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Although the fourth of july has come and gone, we all know the firework celebrations last longer than that. Personally, I don't have issues with fireworks (the vaccum seems like a bigger threat - I am working on overcoming it).
A veterinarian and veterinary genomics researcher said "I have never heard of a way of completely preventing it before it starts. However, a noise phobia is liable to start around a year of age and ramp up quickly. So if your dog is anxious about fireworks this year for the first time, be prepared for the problem to return and probably be worse next year. Don't just wait and see if it's worse next year, but be prepared to take steps." (Read this interesting article)
So have my fellow young fur friends shown any signs of anxiety this 4th july? Perhaps it is time to start preventing the problem from escalating right now. Afterall, it is always easiest when the anxiety is mild. Helping your best friend live a fulfilling, balanced life is the best gift you can give them. More than any treats, fancy clothes or toys that money can buy.