How to Keep Your Dog as Fit As An Olympian

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Is your dog fit enough to become the next great Olympian? I think Baylie must be saying to herself as she watches the 2016 games in Rio “I could do that if there were doggie Olympics”.
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Greeting an Unfamiliar Dog – Teaching Kids Dog Etiquette

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Baylie Giving the Green Light to be Petted

It’s typical behavior for dog-lovers to walk up to a dog we have never met to give him a pat on the head. However, this type behavior can invoke fear and provoke the flight or fight mechanism in a dog.   It’s also typical behavior for children to be drawn to an unfamiliar dog. They want to pet every pup they see as if it were a fluffy teddy bear.

Even thought Baylie has never shown any signs of aggression towards children or adults,  I keep a watchful eye,  nonetheless.  She’s a large-breed dog and even playfully jumping on someone can cause injury.  With so many dog bites in the news of late, we all have to be on our guard.    Even if you have the friendliest dog on the planet, a dangerous situation can develop in mere seconds. Although they mean no harm, children can do a number of things to trigger aggression in dogs.

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Why Pet Gates Make Sense In A #Bipetual Home

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Smoki & Baylie at an Impasse

Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads,  and 2) a pet gate.   Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but   I succumbed to the use of a pet gate.  Why now,  you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie,  but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.

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Flexi® Vario Review and Giveaway – The New Generation of Retractable Leashes

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There’s a new generation of retractable leashes recently announced at Global Pet Expo 2015.  The Flexi® VARIO retractable leash variably adjusts to the wants and needs of every dog owner.   We understand that not everyone is a fan of retractable leashes, however,  we believe there is a time and place for using a retractable leash when you would like to give your dog a little more freedom.  It all boils down to being a responsible pet parent.  If you go to the vet, groomer or any crowded place where you should not give your dog that extra freedom, the leash should be fully retracted.

Established in 1973,  Flexi® has spent over 40 years developing a high-tech product that makes it a leader in the market.
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Introducing A #Dog Into a #Cat’s World

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It’s been over two years since I rescued Baylie; a great pyrenees/border collie mix.  She has grown from four pounds to ninety pounds, and I don’t thinks she is done yet. My biggest concern when I brought Baylie into the home was how my cat, Smoki, would adjust to the new addition. I now can say,  Smoki, weighing in at just under ten pounds, and I have established ourselves as the alpha dogs of the pack. It didn’t happen overnight.  It took months of patience and diligence on our part.

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Smoki, at twelve years of age,  didn’t quite know what to think of Baylie when she arrived on the scene but one thing for certain, she wanted no part of this odd creature.  Even though in the beginning Baylie was much smaller than Smoki, I knew the groundwork had to be set to bring cohesiveness between the two since Baylie would grow to be a very large dog. It took repetitive slaps to the face and a lot of fat tails and hissing by Smoki to put her into hierarchy status over Baylie.

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Westminster Adds Mixed Breeds to Masters Agility Competition

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Photo – WestminsterKennelClub.org

Baylie Dog here.  I believe every dog should have its day.  And, for the first time since 1884, the breed known in polite company as an All-American (a.k.a. mutt) was hobnobbing with the purebreds at a Westminster Kennel Club Agility Championship event. As a non-purebred, All-American, mutt, Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix, I say, it’s about time!  Now we’ll focus our sights on Best in Show; All-American Mutt!
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Yes, I Bribe My Dog. What About You?

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I couldn’t help but laugh

Yes, I admit, I bribe my dog.  I have committed the cardinal sin in the dog training world.  Cesar Milan and Victoria Stilwell would be appalled at my behavior.  I don’t even want to think of the scolding I would get for reinforcing bad behavior in  my dog, Baylie.  I have no excuse  for rewarding Baylie for bad behavior other than I am old, and I just don’t feel like running through the house chasing Baylie with the lid to the margarine container she just stole from the kitchen countertop.  Trust me, it’s easier to shout, “treat” accompanied by the rattling of the treat jar to stop the sprint.  Recently, I put into play a little reverse psychology.  The less interest I show in retrieving an object,  the less interested Baylie is to run with it or guard it. I just let her lose  interest on her terms.  Smart, huh?  Plus, I have to admit, it can be quite entertaining at times just seeing what she will get into next.

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My 10 Reasons To Adopt a Puppy

1.          Guaranteed weight loss without spending a dime on gym membership.  I lost 8 lbs. and three inches.

2.         Puppies make excellent cleaners. Any morsel of food, crumbs, paper or spills  are lapped up by your puppy in a nanosecond.

3.       No need for an alarm clock. Your wake-up call for the next six months will be when the sun comes up or when it’s time for puppy’s breakfast or potty whichever occurs first. You’ll also get to see what your back yard looks like in the moonlight at 3:00 a.m. while you are out potty training.

4.         You’ll never worry about your cat becoming bored or obese. She will now  get plenty of exercise and stimulation running  laps inside the house; jumping from furniture to furniture to avoid the puppy.

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