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
Qwerty's second birthday was on May 9th. Last year I wrote a post describing what our first year with Qwerty was like, I thought I would try and do a yearly post on a summary of our years together. If you didn't read last years post, we got Qwerty from a wonderful breeder right around … Continue reading Qwerty’s Second Year
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
According to the Association for Pet Obesity prevention in 2017 approximately 60% of cats and 56% of dogs were overweight or obese. These numbers are staggering. Working in a Vet Clinic in the heart of winter we commonly hear "Oh, Fluffy has put on weight because it's cold and snowy outside" The truth is those … Continue reading Obesity
I don't talk about this to many people because it's a topic that is a little taboo, but it's a very common problem for any animal that eats. Qwerty has had an issue with chronic diarrhea/loose stool. It's been an on and off problem for about a year now. Diarrhea is an extremely frustrating problem … Continue reading The ins and outs of Diarrhea