I know, I know, the dog park can be a terrible place, but for some people its a good place to bring your already well socialized ADULT dog. We live in a suburb, an area where there isn't necessarily good off leash options in a convenient location. What we do have is a few off … Continue reading In defense of the Dog Park
Due to life, I took an unexpected break from the blog. I needed some time off due to my outside life becoming hectic. But I never stopped thinking about this and knew that I would eventually pick it back up. What have we been up to? Well In November Qwerty and I competed in our … Continue reading And we’re back!
I have been meaning to train Qwerty to a muzzle for a long time. He has never bit any one. He doesn't even growl, unless he is mad at the cats for trying to steal his food. He isn't reactive. I am not sure he has a mean bone in his body. Why on Earth … Continue reading Don’t fear the muzzle
Qwerty has had a kong go slow bowl since he was a puppy. First off, I was going to make sure that I never had a dog that inhaled his food in one bite because that is not good for their health. But there are other benefits to feeding him in "non traditional" ways. I … Continue reading Why I don’t feed in a “normal” bowl.
Nice weather has finally arrived in Minnesota, after seeing signs of snow in the middle of May! We have met some wonderful canine friends through our training facility/doggy day care. Over the winter our doggy day care offered indoor dog park some days and we would regularly meet up with a group of amazing dogs! … Continue reading Doggy Playdates
Spring is FINALLY here, after a couple April Snow storms, our grass is starting to become green. We are outside in the yard playing frisbee so much more, it's such a nice feeling. Qwerty really is enjoying the extra time with his favorite circular disc. Every Spring we notice random dirt mounds in our yard, … Continue reading The new holes in my yard
Last Fall Qwerty had a laceration on his shoulder that needed time to heal. I was panicked, I have a crazy GSP that can't run for weeks?! What the heck was I going to do for 3 weeks while he is healing? Thank goodness for our Trainer who suggested we try a new class, Canine … Continue reading Our New Hobby
When people find out we have a young German Shorthaired Pointer with 2 kids under the age of 4, the most common reaction I get is "Oh, how does he do with them?" My answer is ALWAYS, Qwerty loves his little people. Our daughter was 2 when when we brought Q home. A toddler who … Continue reading Qwerty and His Littles
Qwerty LOVES his crate. When he is tired, he will put himself to bed. I get asked if we let Q sleep in the bed with us and the answer is, I would let him, but to be honest he wouldn't want to, he likes HIS bed. Crate training is probably one of the number … Continue reading Crate Training 101
The single most important part of training is socialization!! I cannot stress this enough! Whether you are bringing home a puppy or adult dog you must get them out and meeting new people, seeing new situations, and most of all bonding with you. Now, many people assume that socialization means bringing your dog around other … Continue reading Socialize Socialize Socialize!