Saturday, March 4, 2017

4 MYTHS ABOUT DOG BEHAVIORS.
I wanted to use this platform to inform humans about dog behaviors and the myths associated with them.    #shihtzu #victoriastillwell #ceasorsway #guidingeyesfortheblind #aspca #furbaby #iHeartShihTzus #lifewithShihTzus #boy




A) Tail wagging.  

When I am pissed off, or as Mama says, hyperaroused, my tail will be wagging.  Humans will continue to let their dopey dogs near me and I will be ready to attack while my tail is wagging. Yes, humans, I will attack while my tail is wagging.  It happened one time with a vet. She was shocked, but later Mama said the vet was somewhat stupid.

Dogs communicate in many ways which include their tails. Since we come in all kinds of breeds, you will have to make a judgment based on that particular breed regarding the dog's intentions. Speed, height, and placement will give you the intended message. Since I have a gorgeous tail that looks fantastic when it is up I tend to keep it there when I strut my stuff.  Mark my words that when I am going to attack that tail is vibrating.

 

The following are doggy behavioral intentions related to their tail wag:

 

"Hello there."  I have a slight wag with a slow breadth.


"I am not challenging or threatening you, or I am pleased."  If I have a full wag and, especially if the hips sway with it, then this is friendly.


"You bitch."  If I display tiny, high-speed movements of my tail that look like the tail is vibrating; this is aggressive. If I had my tail unusually high while vibrating, then I mean business. If my tail is lower, it could mean "I'm gonna run."


"You are going to give me chicken sausages."  The tail wags more to the right side of my butt because I am really pleased.


"Don't you look at me like that." The tail wags more to the left of my butt because I am feeling aggressive.


"I am scared" or "ok you are the boss.". My tail is tucked between the legs. 


 "Mama I don't feel good." My tail is downward near towards the legs can mean I don't feel good or I am depressed. Yes, we get depressed.


"Look out humans and dogs I am strutting my stuff." My tail is carried up and slightly curved over my back displaying confidence.


"Ok,  I"m chill."  When my tail is carried lower in the horizontal position but not near the legs it means I am relaxed.


"Give me that.". My mama is eating, and I sit next to her.  I then use my paw to push her arm closer to my mouth while wagging my tail in a medium wave. Since I am sitting, I am never sure what the height of my tail is.


B) Staring.

Dogs staring at you is another way we are communicating with you. When I stare at Mama it can mean I love you, feed me, I am confused, or what's up? I will stare when I want attention. Sometimes we are trying to figure out what you want from us. When I am confused in training,  I will stare while waiting for the next command.  If I stare combined with a stiff body, then that stare likely means I am going to attack.  Sometimes, we just can't figure out what the hell you are doing.

 C) Yawning.

Mama came home from a conference stating that "when dogs yawn they are always aggressive" so she stared at me for months. She finally said, "nope sometimes you are just tired."


D) Chewing.

For years Mama has criticized my eating habits. When I would swallow whole, she would say "this is not holy communion you have to chew."  Now she understands that a dog's digestive system is different than a human one and we can digest whole items without chewing them. Of course,  the item has to be able to be swallowed without the dog choking.

A dog's esophagus can increase and expand five times its size to swallow food as well as letting large pieces pass through without any trouble. We don't need to chew food plus our strong stomach acid can handle it.


Sometimes I throw up when I have eaten too fast, and Mama never criticizes me. She just cleans it up and says it is okay.

I think that is enough for now. Please check back in for more myths about doggie behavior.

Since I will be running for president in 2020,  I am beginning to think of whom I should have in my cabinet?  If you have any ideas please leave them in the comments below.

This is how you manage your human on a walk.  Resist until you get a treat.

Profile:  Dr. Max is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu.  He lives in Riverdale, NY. 

Education:  Ph.Do. in Dogcology,  PUNY, (Pooch University of NY).  MA in Psychology,  Mutger's University, Bayone, NJ.  BS in Animal Behavior from Poundston College, NJ.  

Mission Statement:  To educate and bring to light issues that affect all animals but in particular, dogs.   

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Profile:  Dr. Max is a 9-year-old Shih Tzu living in Riverdale, NY.

Qualifications:  Ph.Do., PUNY (Pooch University of NY), MA in Psychology, Mutger's University, NJ; BS, Poundston College, NJ.

Mission statement:  To educate and bring to light issues that affect all animals but in                                                           particular dogs.  


Hi everyone.  Dr. Max here.  I wanted to talk to you about my future plans and bring you up to date on legisalation affecting animals.  I have changed my tone here in that this blog is very serious but the topic cannot be light.  

With the political climate that we find ourselves in, I am concerned about the rights of animals in the United States of America.  Therefore, I am considering running for president in 2020 but will wait to see how things go regarding the rights of animals.  

It is important that the law recognizes legal rights of animals.  After all, animals are put down if they attack humans so isn’t fair that humans be held responsible for cruelty to animals?
I think it is time, that we look to Canada and their legislation to protect animals.  

Quebec welcomed pets into the circle of “sentient” beings by granting them many of the same rights as children in the eyes of the law. The legislation, hailed as the “Animals are Not Things Manifesto“ lifts the legal status of particular animals from small property, i.e. inanimate objects like toaster ovens and iPhones that can be manipulated any which way, to sensitive, emotional beings that require nurturing and respect.

Quebec’s new regulations addressed the psychological care of dogs, cats, horses and certain wild animals, requiring that each animal is given constant stimulation, socialization, and environmental enrichments. Any actions or activities that expose an animal to extreme anxiety or suffering are subject to legal consequences.

Animals have biological needs, said Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis, whose legislation includes fines of up to $250,000 for those who are cruel to animals as well as jail time for repeat offenders.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-bill-calls-animals-sentient-beings-and-includes-jail-time-for-cruelty-1.3102399   6/5/2015

Before passing this law, Quebec had a bad reputation regarding animal abuse, but they stepped up.

Canada is showing itself to be a progressive country both ethically and empatheticly.  I told Mama we should consider moving there.  

In 2014, France changed the definition of pets from “movable goods” to “living beings capable of feelings”.  In France, dogs are allowed into restaurants.  I have been to outdoor restaurants in America, and I have been very well behaved.  

Now is the time for America to rewrite its own legislation regarding animal welfare. Collectively you can lift dogs into the realm of beloved family members where they ultimately belong.  The mandatory sentence for the felony charge of animal abuse is 2 years in the USA.

If humans have bonded with dogs and they have become so intertwined in our lives then how can we be considered property?  We guard human property as well as our people.  We will give our lives to protect our humans. We are not property - we are family.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will be prosecuted as a crime against society and under the new categorization they will begin tracking and collecting information about incidents of animal cruelty and the perpetrators.

According to the FBI, the official definition of animal cruelty will be:

Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured, transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death.  Also, causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.

This new FBI categorization is intended to improve the way crimes against animals are tracked nationwide and could help bolster state animal cruelty laws across the United States. All 50 states now have felony animal cruelty provisions. On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the final state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty. The new FBI categorization is significant because it affirms that at the highest level of our government animal cruelty is recognized as a violent crime. As a civilized society, our opposition to all forms of animal cruelty must be unwavering.

There’s a national consensus that animal abuse should indeed be treated as a serious crime. Now animal cruelty will be a Group A felony. The new classification will make it easier to get harsher sentences and to identify young offenders. Because cases of animal cruelty, including animal neglect, will now be included in the FBI Uniform Crime Report law enforcement agencies have more incentive to pay attention to any incidents, and statistics on these types of crime will be more accurate and detailed. It will take some time to update FBI and law enforcement databases nationwide, so no data will be collected until January 2016, and then it’s projected to be several more months before there are numbers to analyze. (This was written in 2015).

Vicki Clinebell  

**At this time I have no information regarding the FBI database for humans abusing animals.

Let’s not forget that sociopaths start their training by hurting/killing animals.  Early intervention and recognition of these perpetrators can help to identify potential criminals.  
This sounds very "Minority Reports"  but I believe it is still helpful.

Don't forget to check out Mama's website because she has blogs on there that you may find interesting.  She doesn't write about treats or chicken sausages so I don't find them too compelling.  www.psychotherapybyita.com





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Dr. Max wishes you safe and happy holidays.

Profile:  Dr. Max is an 9-year-old Shih Tzu living in Riverdale, NY.

Qualifications:  Ph.Do., PUNY (Pooch University of NY), MA in Psychology, Mutger's University, NJ; BS, Poundston College, NJ.

The topic is A safe holiday for your pets.    I wanted to remind everyone that though this is hopefully a happy time please remember some simple rules to keep your precious family members safe. 


It has been one year since I have posted and this will be a repost from last year.  Mama has not been cooperative in posting but agreed it was necessary to repost this blog because it is an important one. I wanted to add that a few days ago it was our 7th Anniversary.  That's right Mama adopted me 7 years ago and I let her know who was boss right away.  

9 Foods that can be dangerous for your dog:

 (picture from Pinterest)

Turkey breast - high fat foods can lead to pancreatitis.
Sage - contains oils dangerous for your dog and can cause indigestion.
Nuts - Can a have a reaction within 12 hours=vomiting, inability to stand and tremors. Symptoms can either go away or lead to deadly shock.
Cooked bones - These can splinter inside your dog's digestive tract and cause major problems.
Nutmeg Using nutmeg in sweet potatoes and pumpkin can cause seizures if your dog consumes it alone or in these sides. It can lead to death in extreme cases.
Alcohol - Small amounts especially beer can cause life threatening toxicity. Hops in beer can cause elevated body temperature, racing heart, vomiting and sometimes death.
Chocolate, Dough and Batter - Small amounts of chocolate can harm them and dough can rise inside their bellies, which causes pain for your dog.Spare batter contains uncooked eggs, which are always a risk for Salmonella.




KEEPING PETS SAFE
It is probably a good idea to keep them separated and stress free in a spare room or behind a gate. Cats, of course, can jump over a gate so do the best you can.  Do remember to pay some attention to them. They can have feelings of being overwhelmed or abandoned. 

3  Plants coming into your home that will have to be eliminated.
Mistletoe - especially berries
Holly - especially berries
Poinsettia - leaves, stem, leaves http://m.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/poisonous_plants.pdf

There are many things that lie around and can be dangerous for your pet. Please be vigilant in keeping these things away from them.

Christmas trees - keep your pet supervised around them.  

7 decorations to be mindful of:

Imitation snow - hazardous if ingested.
Preservatives on your tree - they can leach into the water in the bowl and your pet will drink that.
Edible ornaments - Too much sugar can cause a rush, glue used could be toxic, materials can be poisonous or hazardous.
Lit candles - Enough said.
Christmas lights - Keep the strands away from the bottom where a cat or dog can easily chew on the electric cords. Make sure the end of the extension cord is tucked away so your pet cannot get to it.
Angel Hair - Finely spun fiberglass used in vintage decorations but has since been taken off the market.  Don't use old decorations made from angel hair. Newer versions made from PVC can also cause health concerns.
Tinsel - The most dangerous holiday decoration for your pets. Just ingesting a few strands of tinsel by your pet is highly likely to make your pet ill and even create deadly effects of an intestinal obstruction.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year and much more frequent posting by me.  I found a new groomer who does a good job of trimming my nails so it will be easier for me to type.



I would like to honor those that have gone over the rainbow bridge:
Maxine Kiefer Chaskin.  She was a sweet and wonderful baby.  She will be terribly missed.

Bella Ryan Buchholz She gave her Mama and siblings comfort and companionship that will be sorely missed.




Babe Morris passed over the rainbow bridge at age 21.

Molly Robinson's kitties passed over the rainbow bridge.



                  


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dr. Max wishes you safe and happy holidays.

                     

Happy Holidays
Profile:  Dr. Max is an 8 year old Shih Tzu living in Riverdale, NY.
Qualifications:  Ph.Do., PUNY (Pooch University of NY), MA in Psychology, Mutger's University, NJ; BS, Poundston College, NJ.

The topic is A safe holiday for your pets.       I wanted to remind everyone that though this is hopefully a happy time please remember some simple rules to keep your precious family members safe.

 

9 Foods that can be dangerous for your dog:

(picture from Pinterest)

Turkey breast - high fat foods can lead to pancreatitis.
Sage - contains oils dangerous for your dog and can cause indigestion.
Nuts - Can a have a reaction within 12 hours=vomiting, inability to stand and tremors. Symptoms can either go away or lead to deadly shock.
Cooked bones - These can splinter inside your dog's digestive tract and cause major problems.
Nutmeg Using nutmeg in sweet potatoes and pumpkin can cause seizures if your dog consumes it alone or in these sides. It can lead to death in extreme cases.
Alcohol - Small amounts especially beer can cause life threatening toxicity. Hops in beer can cause elevated body temperature, racing heart, vomiting and sometimes death.
Chocolate, Dough and Batter - Small amounts of chocolate can harm them and dough can rise inside their bellies, which causes pain for your dog.Spare batter contains uncooked eggs, which are always a risk for Salmonella.




(pictures from pinterest)




KEEPING PETS SAFE
It is probably a good idea to keep them separated and stress free in a spare room or behind a gate. Cats, of course, can jump over a gate so do the best you can.  Do remember to pay some attention to them. They can have feelings of being overwhelmed or abandoned. 
 
3  Plants coming into your home that will have to be eliminated.
Mistletoe - especially berries
Holly - especially berries
Poinsettia - leaves, stem, leaves http://m.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/poisonous_plants.pdf

There are many things that lie around and can be dangerous for your pet. Please be vigilant in keeping these things away from them.

Christmas trees - keep your pet supervised around them.  

7 decorations to be mindful of.

Imitation snow - hazardous if ingested.
Preservatives on your tree - they can leach into the water in the bowl and your pet will drink that.
Edible ornaments - Too much sugar can cause a rush, glue used could be toxic, materials can be poisonous or hazardous.
Lit candles - Enough said.
Christmas lights - Keep the strands away from the bottom where a cat or dog can easily chew on the electric cords. Make sure the end of the extension cord is tucked away so your pet cannot get to it.
Angel Hair - Finely spun fiberglass used in vintage decorations but has since been taken off the market.  Don't use old decorations made from angel hair. Newer versions made from PVC can also cause health concerns.
Tinsel - The most dangerous holiday decoration for your pets. Just ingesting a few strands of tinsel by your pet is highly likely to make your pet ill and even create deadly effects of an intestinal obstruction.

Mama and I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
Don't forget you can get a Dr. Max calendar on Etsy or Ebay.  If you have trouble ordering
just email Mama at itadow@gmail.com.

A few days ago another girlfriend passed away.  Her name was Honey Dew and she had moved to FL so I had not seen her in awhile.  I so missed visiting her in her nice, clean and organized home.  She was always such a happy pooch and I loved being around her.  We spent a lot of time together when there was very loud noises in our buildings. We took turns staying together in each others homes.
I know her Mama, Mercedes, is feeling very sad and I feel badly for her.  Please send your condolances to Mercedes.
 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Dr Max talks about anxiety

Profile:  Dr. Max  8 year old Shih Tzu living in Riverdale, NY.  

Qualifications:  Ph.Do, PUNY, (Pooch University of NY);  MA in Psychology, Mutger's University, NJ;  BS, Poundston College, NJ

The topic is Anxiety in dogs. I would like to add that much of this information is relevant to other species.  I have the honor of interviewing my cousin Galway. He is a Beagle and is eight years old. He has been living with his Mama for five years. Galway has suffered from an anxiety disorder for most of his life and luckily was rescued by his Mama,  Lorraine. 


Dr Max:  Galway, it is so nice to catch up with you. Can you tell us about the symptoms of anxiety that you experience and some of your history?
  
Galway:  Hi Dr Max. Thanks for doing this interview. So many dogs who suffer with anxiety are misunderstood and get punished for bad behavior when we can't help our impulses. I will tell you that I lived with a family where I was socialized as a puppy but not on lead. I was allowed to run in the woods with other dogs.   Did you know that a puppy has to be socialized between 4-14 weeks and that is it?  After that the pooch will experience stress when he or she is near another dog. 


Dr Max:   Yes, I read that.  I understand that you fare better when off lead.   Is that true?

Galway:  Yes that is true because I feel comfortable and more in control when I am off leash. I am still shy but I will hang out at the doggy spa with the other dogs.  The problem is that when on the leash I feel so much anxiety that my impulse is to go on the offensive and try to get to the other dog.  This has caused major problems for my Mama.  Just like humans, anxious dogs need to feel they have control. 

Dr Max:  That has to be hard on both of you.  In looking at your chart I see that you have some phobias.

Galway:  Well if you want to call them that. I hate being left alone. I get so anxious that I get destructive. I am so afraid of being abandoned again that fear just gets a grip on me. I am also afraid of  carriages. Don't ask!  I am a Beagle so I think it is in my DNA to howl when I see prey but Mama says carriages are not prey.

Dr Max:  So you went to see the Behaviorist/Vet Dr Shepherd.  I see in your chart that she put you on Prozac.  How is that working for you?

Galway:   In the beginning I felt more anxious but after awhile I was okay. I also went into training with Instinct. They are specialists in dealing with troubled dogs and they work closely with Dr Shepherd. The trainers are a lot of fun and seemed to care about me. My initiation was to stay at Instinct for one month and Mama was allowed to visit me periodically.

Dr Max:  How do you feel now since it has been some time that you have had your training and been maintained on Prozac?

Galway:  To tell you the truth, I am feeling much better but anxiety can still creep into my life. I get very upset when I run into dogs on a leash that I don't know. Carriages still get to me and I am not crazy about thunder either.  Fortunately, I only see carriages in Riverdale.  I am happy when I am at home with Mama and I also like her friends.  I feel much more secure in State College and my NYC vet wants to wean me off of the Prozac once I am able to handle the triggers that set off my anxiety.

Dr Max:  Well Galway thank you for letting us get to know you and helping to explain how anxiety has affected not only your life but your Mama's.  I see that you brought a photo so humans and dogs can see you experience anxiety because your Mama has left, even though my Mama is with you and has lots of treats.  Riverdale was a tough transition for you.  I have some issues with Riverdale too.

                                                           

In my next blog I will discuss anxiety in more depth since this disorder affects many species on the planet including humans.   Let's get ready for Fall.





In loving memory of my good friend Ella who recently passed away.  I will always miss her.
Dr Max.        








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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dr. Max. I'm here to help. 
 
Hi there.   In case you need to see my credentials again, here they are:  Ph.Do. in dogcology from PUNY (Pooch University of New York),  Maxter's from Mutger's University in New Jersey and a B.S. from Poundston, NJ.  I am originally from Bayone, NJ but was adopted from foster care when I was 2 1/2 yrs old. I came to live in Skyview in the Bronx in December 2010.  My human/Mama continues to help me focus on being less reactive and more sociable with humans and dogs of all sizes.

Since my mama is doing a presentation on Diabetes in humans I thought I would talk about Diabetes in dogs for this blog.

Diabetes does not occur that often in dogs.  It varies between one in 400 to one in 500.
Nevertheless, it still pays for humans to educate themselves on the symptoms.  We dogs still can't talk human. 

 Do you know the symptoms?  Here they are:
Increased thirst.
Increased urination.
Increased hunger.
Sudden weight loss.
Obesity.  (This can cause your dog to develop Diabetes).
Weakness or Fatigue.
Thinning or dull hair.
Cloudy eyes.
Depression. (Due to ketoacidosis)
Vomiting.

Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles are predisposed to ketoacidosis.  Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older dogs and in females.  

The following breeds are at a higher risk:
Keeshond
Puli
Miniature Pinscher
Samoyed
Cairn terrier
Poodle
Dachshund
Minature Schnauzer
Beagle

Standard tests for Diabetes include a complete blood count, chemical profile and urinalysis.   A high concentration of glucose will be found in the blood and urine.  High levels of liver enzymes and electrolytes imbalances are also common.  High levels of ketone bodies may also show in the urine. 

Treatment and Care:
Daily exercise since obesity is a major cause of Diabetes.  Balancing the food and liquid cravings can lower insulin demands.  Soft and moist foods need to be avoided because they cause rapid accumulation of glucose in the body.  You know not to switch the food too rapidly.  Your pooch will get diarrhea if you switch the food too quickly.   Your vet will give your pup an individual treatment plan and help the humans look for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.    There are various types of insulin available and your vet will determine the best one for the dog.

Usually smaller dogs need multiple doses of insulin as part of their insulin therapy while larger dogs need only one dose per day.  Your vet will prescribe based on weight, size, gender and individual insulin needs.  Just like humans you may need to evaluate your dog's blood glucose levels on a daily basis and adjust the insulin dose accordingly.

I am sorry to say but if the diabetes is serious enough the lady dogs will probably need a hysterectomy because of the surge of hormones at the time of estrus.

Careful maintenance can help your pooch live a normal life-span.  (PetMD 1/2014)


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Dr. Max. I'm here to help.

Hi there.  Dr. Max, still here.  In case you need to see my credentials again, here they are:  Ph.Do. in dogcology 
from PUNY (Pooch University of New York),  Maxter's from Mutger's University in New Jersey and a B.S. from Poundston, NJ.  I am originally from Bayone, NJ but was adopted from foster care when I was 2 1/2 yrs old. I came to live in Skyview in the Bronx in December 2010.  My human/Mama continues to help me focus on being less reactive and more sociable with humans and dogs of all sizes.  

  

You have not heard from me for quite a while because there has been a lot going on.  As I mentioned in my last post, Skyview, where I live, has been doing something awful called pointing.  What this means is that they are drilling between the bricks and repairing mortar.  They also drilled around the posts on the terrace.  Apparently the posts are aluminum and the original builders did not leave room in the cement for the aluminium to contract and expand.  The noise and dust have been horrific and we have not had access to our terrace.  Everything from the terrace had to be brought inside so Mama just threw out our cafe table and chairs.

 

Man outside our window fixing the terrace.







      At this time, Mama went a little nuts and got rid of a lot of our regular furniture. Then she just started moving everything around, painting and replacing the floors.  There was no place for me to hide.  There was noise everywhere which made me sick.
      I am finally getting to my point of how stress affects dogs.  We do experience many of the feelings that humans do.  How you recognize stress in your pup is the following:

     The number one sign of stress is soiling,  the body is tense, tired appearance, change in pace, a different tail wag or lower than usual, whining, barking, avoids eye contact. red pigment around eyes and ears, jaw clomping, yawning, drooling, ears back or uneven, sits or lays down, paws sweating, irritability sniffing, digging,  out of context behaviors.   Please note that illness is a reaction to stress for us just as it is for you.  That can include vomiting,  diarrhea, loss of appetite, allergies, and skin reactions.   I will say that a number of dogs in Skyview told me how sick they got from all the noise and dust.  


I was throwing up for two days so Mama brought me to the vet.  He
gave me a shot to stop the vomiting and fluids to replace electrolytes.

I stepped on a bee because of the contractors and off to the vet again.  That hurt soooo much.  He gave me a shot for the pain.  a shot of steroid and an antibiotic. 



    

      Don't forget we read your body and pick up on your stress. We will try to calm you down but internalize the stress ourselves. Please take a break and take us both for a walk. Also, talk calmly to us and let us know everything is ok. Petco advises you not to coddle a dog because this might be perceived as positive reinforcement for exhibiting bad behavior due to stress. Whenever I get stressed Mama kisses me and says everything is ok. I like it and it helps to calm me down. At other times she yells treats to divert my attention. Works every time. I am such a sucker. 
      



 I pride myself on being a tough guy but I am really scared here.  There are just too many changes.  I need my routine.





     I will also admit that I pooped in the apartment a few times.  I never ever do anything like that but I was thrown off balance by all the noise of the drilling on the outside and the confusion of different men coming in to work within the apartment.  It was all too much.  The men are outside drilling today but Mama is home because it is a holiday so I feel better.  She just got me groomed by Angela which sucks.  I love Angela but I hate getting groomed.  I do feel good though.

           Some advice to help with your dog if he/she is stressed according to Petco:
    Crate training.  Personally I don’t like a crate but it can be a safe place for your dog. I hide under the bed.
Confine your dog to another room when having a party.
Keeping up basic routines.  I find this is really helpful because it is something I can count on. 
        I know Carol comes on Mon and Wed and Renalto comes on Thur to walk me.      
Take your dog to the vet to check him/her out. Sorry my fellow pups but it is necessary in case something is wrong physically. Also stress can create an illness.  Check out Doctors Foster and Smith Ultra-Calm Biscuits for dogs.  It helps control anxiety with natural formula with valerian root and chamomile.  I get 3 to 4 of these when I get groomed. :)

     On the positive side I have acquired two training certificates.  I completed the Advanced course but Petsmart felt I had to let strangers pet me without treats.  No one pets this boy without treats so I did not get a certificate.  I am presently in the Tricks class with Judith whom I love.  I do think that the stress of the past year has interfered with my training.  

     I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays in case I don’t get back to you by that time.  I hate to say this too but be careful with human treats to your pooch.  Apparently your pup can get pancreatitis from eating too much fat from human food.  Yikes I feel like a traitor telling you that.  Peace out to my fellow canines.  Let's not forget those poor humans and animals in the Philippines.




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