Keeping things in perspective

As I was walking Targ this morning, I tried to imagine my neighborhood under 4 feet of water… Looking around at what kind of destruction that would cause, I remembered that my meager little concerns about rising gas prices, making my loan payments, the piece of siding that fell off the house, and wondering what I’m going to have for dinner are miniscule in relation to what the people of the southern part of this country are dealing with.

Ok, so my loan payment will be late… but what’s $5.00 when I’ve got gas in my car? and a car to drive for that matter?

A piece of siding? Please.. my house is still standing… and dinner? Well, I think many of the folks who are currently suffering would eat that old can of soup that I’ve been ignoring because it’s “too salty”.

And my critters… they are all safe, sound, dry and healthy… I feel blessed.


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Now Touring… The Musical Version

IF WE COULD TALK TO THE ANIMALS
Dr. Dolittle : The Musical
(Music / Lyrics : Leslie Bricusse)Dr. Dolittle

If we could talk to the animals,
just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger,
chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be.

If we could talk to the animals,
learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree.
We’d study elephant and eagle,
buffalo and beagle,
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea.

We would converse in polar bear and python,
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo.
If people asked us, can you speak in rhinoceros,
We’d say, “Of courserous, can’t you?”

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Think of all the things we could discuss
If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us.

The Power Of No

Targ Smiling Targ and I were out for our morning walk yesterday and witnessed a behavioral problem in the making.

We live in a very urban area and quite often see other doggerts walking in the AM. We watched some poor soul who had no idea what she was doing to her dog.

This female doggie was very vocal about seeing us and the dog that was coming up behind her. She was barking and barking and barking! So, the owner lifted up her ear flap and yelled “NO!” in her ear.

Unfortunately, this dog had already started to relieve herself so by the time that she got the message that her Mom was mad at her, she thought she was mad at her for relieving herself!

Imagine you are sitting on the couch at home and a loved one walked up to you and said in a stern voice, “No!”.

Now imagine the only tools you have to ask what the heck their problem might be, are your body language and your expression. How would you know that your loved one is mad that you changed the channel on the TV five minutes ago… or that they don’t want you sitting on that side of the couch?

The trick in correcting unwanted behavior in your doggerts is to “catch them in the act” and then give them something else to do!

Is you dog picking up things they shouldn’t be? Teach them “drop it”
Ripping up your shoes? Trade for a high value toy that they can chew.
Barking? Find out what is triggering them and either remove it or desensitive them to it.. or better yet, put the bark on cue… teach them to bark so they only do it when you want them to.

If your dog relieves themself in the house, “rubbing their nose in it” does no good. None. What it does do is stress out your dog.

Find out why your dog is eliminating inappropriately. Did you leave the dog home alone toO long and they just couldn’t hold it anymore? Or maybe your dog was never fully housebroken?

If this is a new behavior for you dog, call your vet! There may be a physical reason that this is happening.

Remember, you will catch more flies with honey… reward the correct behaviors, replace the unwanted behaviors.

Woof!

Trimming the Excess

Things are feeling pretty skinny around here!

So! what do you think of the new side menu? Pretty schnazzy, huh? Boy am I hoping I didn’t miss anything! Updating a website is hard work, but I really thought it was necessary. The previous menu was so cumbersome
that is felt like it was too “fat” for the site.

Speaking of… well, fat.. Targ has lost 10 pounds!
LB and I are very excited to see it. Poor guy has been gaining weight and nothing we have done has been able to slow his weight gain down. Turns out he has low thyroid levels.
After one month on his new medication we have seen such an improvement in attitude and overall health!

Targ has been having a great time with his new sisters.
They have really kept everyone busy.
We’ve been teaching them how to jump over a tiny little agility jump (gotta be mindful of those puppy joints!) and there is nothing like watching two puppys and a full grown dog
all cramming through a jump at once! What a sight! Do you think I would have had the camera then? Oh.. no.. of course not!

Busy Busy Busy

Well things have been very busy around here!
We have adopted two Bullmastiff puppies. (Yes, we are insane.. and insanely busy!) Our little StoVoQor has been a real peach but now that
she is getting comfortable she is getting into all kinds of puppy trouble!

Don’t let that innocent look fool you! She’s a little hellion! But we love her dearly.
Targ is unsure of what to do with the little bugger and is honestly a bit overwhelmed by her
exuberance.
Fortunately, our Second little puppy will be coming home soon, so StoVoQor will have someone her own age to play with.

We don’t have a photo of ParmaQay yet. That will be coming soon… as soon as we have a moment to breathe!

If you were at the Albany Obedience Club Celebration Match, you saw us.
We were there chatting with critters!
I’m off on a grand adventure this month. I’ll will be attending Tellington Touch Training in July. Check back often for updates on my progress in the practitioner training program.

LB and I will also be in Stephentown in July for an agility camp for dogs. We will be presenting information on Energy and Health and Animal Communication.
I will also be offering private sessions and will be puppy sitting while LB and Targ play at Rally-O!

August brings another Animal Communication Workshop, this time on a Thursday night from 6:30-9:30PM.
Visit our Workshops page for more information!