Taking Your Dog to the Dog Park

This past weekend I had the pleasure of babysitting a beautiful, young German Shepard named Raider.  He’s a one and a half year old rescue.  His owners have had some issues disciplining him, but he’s made a lot of progress recently.  While I was watching him, they were mentioning about how they’re working on his socialization so they can start bringing him to dog parks.

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#DogThanking: Acknowledging Man’s Best Friend

Photo of the 2014 Best in Show courtesy of National Dog Show
Photo of the 2014 Best in Show courtesy of National Dog Show

It’s November now, and that means a lot of exciting things.  It’s almost time for the holiday season.  It’s finally cold.  Thanksgiving is coming, and that means the National Dog Show is also happening soon!  This year the National Dog Show will air on November 26, immediately after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This year National Dog Show sponsor Purina created a wonderful program that will donate to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.  I learned about it reading a post on My Brown Newfies & Me, and I’m so glad I did.   Continue reading “#DogThanking: Acknowledging Man’s Best Friend”

Playing with Your Senior Dog

According to Pet Place, Panda is officially a senior dog now that he’s nine years old.  This is news for the both of us!  Although he’s an old man now, I don’t want his life to become boring.  He’s always been a little particular about playtime, and now that he’s old I need to consider trying to games or modifying his old favorites to ensure his health and safety.  For this post, we’re going to talk about…

Panda’s Playtime

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Birthdays and Homemade Dog Treats

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Panda’s reaction to the word “treats”

Panda’s birthday is coming up! This year Panda turns nine!  Although the average lifespan for an American Bulldog is 10-15 years, Panda is the last of his litter.  Panda’s dad, however, lived to be 16 years old, so I’m holding on to hope.  In celebration of this big day, I’m going to make Panda some homemade dog treats!  Fair warning, I’m not much of a baker.  Luckily, Panda is an incredibly willing participant.  I’m sure that doesn’t shock you considering he’s almost 110 pounds.

Today we’re going to make:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats

Peanut Butter, Banana, & Parsley Treats

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Halloween with your Hound

Halloween is coming! Panda and I can’t wait.  Costumes, candy, pumpkin flavored everything: what more could a girl ask for?  Costumes for her dog, that’s what!  There is an endless amount of sickeningly cute options for dressing up your pets.  Seriously, take a second to look at Pinterest.  The opportunities are endless.

With a dog as picky and needy as Panda, however, putting him in a Halloween costume becomes an incredibly difficult task.  I’m going to make a list to some of my favorite costume options I’ve found, try them out on Panda, and let you know how reasonable they are to actually put on a nervous dog. Continue reading “Halloween with your Hound”

A Trip to the Vet: Panda in Boots

This week has been incredibly exciting for Panda and I.  We had to take a trip to the vet, which is a serious outing for us.  He’s not a huge fan of car rides or the vet, particularly in his old age.  This story is a perfect example of what we have to do to keep him calm in situations he’s not comfortable with, and I’ll throw in a product review for Top Paw Dog Boots.  SPOILER ALERT: Panda and I were not pleased.

First, let’s talk about the reason for our visit.  American Bulldogs, among other bully breeds, are prone to issues with their paws. This is especially common in dry, hot places.  It’s incredibly easy for them to get infections.  A while ago, Panda had an ear infection and an infection in between his toes.  We took him to the vet, put him on antibiotics, handled the whole thing.  All was well.  But, since then, he’s continued to lick one of his back paws and it’s become very irritated.  Hence the reason for the visit! Continue reading “A Trip to the Vet: Panda in Boots”

Spoiled Dogs: Which Habits are Truly Bad Ones?

Considering I’ve created this blog centered around my life with my dog, there’s no surprise I don’t hesitate to call Panda my best friend.  I’ve said it before and will say it again: he’s my world.  According to studies presented by the Humane Society, I’m not alone in this sentiment.

44% of American households own at least one dog.

66.7% of those Americans consider their dogs to be family.

With statistics like that, it makes sense that so many people have issues disciplining their dogs.  When you love a dog that much, it’s easy for you and your four legged friend to gain bad habits.  Panda and I have been working on ours for a long time now, but there are a few questions I still ask myself:

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