Dog Park Disaster

Gwen and I decided to take Joey, Ben, Buddy, and Blue to the dog park.

All of our dogs are well trained.  Joey earned the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the American Kennel Club.  Blue is in advanced classes.  Ben and Buddy are at the intermediate level.

However, sometimes they act like a pack of wild crazy dogs that have never had a day of training in their lives.  Today was one of those days.

  • They were involved in several disagreements with the other dogs.
  • Joey got into a fight.
  • Three of the boys managed to escape the park and create a ruckus by running around and barking at a group of people with their dogs.

Due to their behavior, we had to leave the park early.  The boys still managed to have a great time and are rather pleased with themselves.

Oh well, they are cute and we still love them.

Dog Care the A-Z List

A – Agility is a great sport for high energy dogs.  It also creates a deeper bond between dog and owner.

B – Boarding options should be researched in advance to ensure your dog will be comfortable and will be well cared for when you have to be away from him.

C – Collars shouldn’t be tight or constricting.  Make sure you can easily slide two fingers under the collar.

D – Dog parks are a great way to allow your dog time to socialize with other dogs and expend some of their energy.  They are also a wonderful place for the owner to make new friends.

E – Emergency veterinarian clinics are available in many locations.  Research your area and find the one closest to you, so you know where to go in case of a medical emergency.

F – Food for dogs come in a wide variety of quality.  Reading the label will help you find food that has quality ingredients.  Try to stay away from brands that are made of corn and meat byproducts to keep your dog healthy and happy.

G – Grooming your dog can be great bonding opportunity.  Most dogs love to have their coats brushed.  However, bath time can be a bit tricky with a dog.  It is important to be patient, positive, provide warm water, and do your best to make your dog comfortable.

H – Heartworms are deadly parasites that live in the heart and they are transmitted by misquote bites.  Heartworm prevention can save your dog’s life.  Talk to your veterinarian if your dog is not already on a heartworm prevention medication.

I – Identification is important, in case your dog ever gets lost.  Putting tags on your dog’s collar and having them microchipped will increase the chances of your dog returning home.

J – Jumping is a common problem with dogs.  To teach a dog not to jump, ignore them whenever they try it.  I will turn away from the dog and not even look at them, until they become calm.

K – Kids love to pet dogs, but it is important to monitor them for the dog’s safety and the children’s safety.

L – Leashes come in a variety of styles.  Retractable leashes can be dangerous, because they break easily.  They can also get stuck, which makes it difficult to get your dog under control in a potentially dangerous situation.

M – Mothers and puppies should stay together for at least six to eight weeks.  The puppies need time to mature and be weened.  They also benefit by learning appropriate dog manners from their mother and their siblings.

N – Natural disasters happen all over the world.  It is important to have a plan for your dog in case of emergency situations.

O – Oral hygiene is often overlooked in dogs, but having an unhealthy mouth can cause other medical problems.  Dry food is better for the dog’s teeth.  It is also important to have their teeth regularly cleaned.

P – Paws are another area that tends to get overlooked.  Dogs need their nails trimmed to prevent foot pain and injury.  They also need the pads on their feet inspected for any cuts or abrasions that may need to be treated.

Q – Quite spaces to rest are important to dogs.  They like having a little personal space from time to time.  Teach children not to disturb the dog, when they are in their quite/personal resting space.

R – Rescue organizations are full of dogs of every size and breed.  Dogs get sent to these places for a number of reasons and it is often not the dog’s fault.  You can find a great dog by checking your local rescue organization.

S – Socialization is important for all dogs.  They need to know how to behave around other dogs and people.  When socializing your pet, try to introduce them to all kinds of people.

T – Training your dog can be fun and creates a deeper bond between you and your pet.  Training can be done at home or you can take your dog to a training school.  I enjoy the training schools, because we get to meet different people and practice training skills in a wide variety of settings.

U – Understanding your dog will improve your relationship with your dog.  Dogs use body language to communicate with us and other dogs.  You can easily learn what your dog is saying by reading books on dog body language or doing a little bit of online research.

V – Vaccinations help your dog stay healthy and live a longer life.  A lot of countries require dogs to be vaccinated for rabies, but there are other diseases that can be prevented through vaccinations (parvovirus, distemper, bordetella, and canine hepatitis).

W – Walking your dog can be a lot of fun for both you and the dog.  Dogs love to explore and sniff new areas.  They also love doing fun things with their owner.

X – Xerox copies of important documents (vaccination records, microchip information, and other medical documents) can be a life saver in emergency situations.

Y – Yacking or spitting up stuff is a common problem.  Dogs will vomit much easier and more often than humans.  When a mother dog is trying to ween her puppies, she will eat food and then regurgitate it back out for the puppies.  This allows the puppies to go from milk to soft foods and eventually to eating regular food.  That’s why dogs are more prone to vomiting.  However, it can also be a sign that your dog needs medical attention.

Z – Zest and a zeal for life is common among dogs.  They tend to appreciate the mundane things of life and bring joy to those around them.

Joey – Dog Shaming Photo

I started taking Joey to a dog park and to a day care center, while I was at work, to help channel all that energy.

He was finally doing well in school and his social skills were improving by leaps and bonds.  He became very popular every where he went.  He was friendly and got along with all the dogs.  He was even dubbed the official dog park greater at one point.

However, Joey did have a habit of peeing in the water bucket at the dog park.  It was so embarrassing and I would end up going for fresh water at least once during each visit.

I decided to do a dog shaming photo, but Joey didn’t care.

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Moving Day is Fast Approaching

We are scheduled to move in just a couple of weeks.  In the mean time, I am busy cleaning and packing our stuff.  I am so excited about the new house and I really believe it will be well suited for me and my family.

I am also excited about the backyard at the new home.  There is over an acre of land and the vast majority of it is already fenced in for the dogs.  We will also have a small bone-shapped wading pool for them.  When they see this yard, I just know they are going to be ecstatic.  The Thaler dogs are about to get their own private dog park.