Monthly Archives: November 2011
As I’ve previously posted, Chazz while he loves men, women, kids, does not hold his furbros in the same esteem. Translation, Chazz is Dog/Dog Reactive. This has hampered our walks in the park, and just generally been inhibiting to his life overall.
I recognized this soon after he came home to live with me. ChazzTheDog is smart, and handsome, loving, and cute as a button – but he imagines himself as a large dog trapped in a small body..and he’s just not havin’ it!! (Note: I verified this in reading up on his breed mix, and finding this right in the literature)
So, I have been on a journey to get him training for some months now. I “audited” several training classes offered near & far. I eventually picked out and arranged for Basic Training. The day of the first class as we waited for instructions to go to the site of the class; Chazz got out of his new collar & leash (purchased for class) and ran over to engage in provoking (read barking, growling, leaning in..but no biting or contact, thank goodness) another dog easily 4 times his size that was walking by. This incident ended badly, and I was so upset I was unable to get us to the class – & simply drove home.
Well, I’m happy to report that that situation has finally changed. Let me start with the fact that as new or inexperienced dog owners we need to be educated. So to that end, my local independent dog store, Blue Collar Working Dog was hosting a 3-Hour ” Pack Leadership 101 Seminar” delivered by Urban Dog S.T.A.R. Dog Training. I along with my roommate, the previously mentioned “Uncle Bill” went on a Sunday evening, sat on some not the most comfortable chairs, and to the tune of a $40.00 couples fee, learned & gathered all sorts of valuable information about dogs, dog behavior, training tips, and probably most importantly insight into our dogs & the challenges we were faced with behaviors we were unhappy with & wanted to change…yesterday!!! This information was delivered in a relaxed, sometimes humorous, easily understandable way by Tanya, Dog Trainer Extraordinaire – & I believe everyone got their money’s worth.
I am not going to detail the seminar’s content. I encourage you to go to the website linked above. I do want to say that one of the most important things I got was that…it wasn’t my fault. I want my dog to be a happy, well adjusted dog who can do all the things dogs do sniff, go for walks, visit friends, eat, nap, play…and that wasn’t the case. And I didn’t have the knowledge or skills to fix that situation. And I felt like a bad adopted dog mom. Well not anymore.
Chazz & I had our first inhome training session with Tanya. It was good. I learned much, and Chazz had his little doggy world turned upside down for 2 hours. But he did well, and we both survived the whole thing, and it didn’t cost an arm & a leg. I am looking forward to the next training session. There is a plan in place now to help Chazz learn new patterns and to correct problem behavior.
And you know what, it’s not Chazz’s fault either. He was not given guidelines in his first three years, he had to fend for himself. Anyone who knows me or even sees me with this dog knows I adore this little guy. Now, I have a renewed positive outlook that he is going to be helped. (yes it will probably get worse before it gets better) But in the long run he will be a happier, healthier dog living a great doggy life.
I realize Halloween has come & gone and we are moving on to Thanksgiving as far as holidays go, but I want to offer one last goodbye post. All in all, we had a great time, and hope to be back next year.
MuttMania participated in the Long Beach, CA 11th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, Vendor & Adoption Fair on Sunday October 30,2011. This was so much fun, a lot of hard work, loaded with important messages to get out in the community regarding dog homelessness, adoption & rescue work…not sure where to begin…so gonna say it with some images.
These are a mere handful of pictures, photographed by a good friend of mine, Andrew Potts, at the site , Lincoln Park a public space. Al vendors were required to have a special item, AdoptedMom decided to do a Holiday Dog Boutique – XMAS, Chanukah, New Years!
PRODUCT REVIEW: pupCHIPS®
CATEGORY – Snack Food
It’s 3 o’clock and you’re starting to feel those familiar little hunger pangs. Lunch was hours ago; and you just have that hollow feeling, like you could eat a little something…
Of course a snack! Some fruit, an energy bar, a handful of nuts/pretzels, yogurt, trying to keep it healthy of course.
Well, why not enjoy that snack while your best furbabie has one as well? Take time out and share snacktime with your pooch. Just open up a bag of crispy, crunchy, pupCHIPS for your four-legged friend.
PupCHIPS is a new snack for your dog, “just because you love them”. Different than a treat earned in training, for doing a trick, for behaving politely when company is over, or any of those reasons – this is a snack for fido…just because you want to.
PupCHIPS come in flavors of Chicken, Liver, Salmon, and Yogurt & Berry.
CHICKEN: Ground Rice, Ground Corn, Chicken Liver, Ground Barley, Chicken Powder, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potato Flour, Chicken Fat, Dried Brewers Yeast, Ground Flax Seed , Salt, Beta Carotene, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydrolyzed Poultry Liver,Tapioca, Natural Flavors, preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement.
Honestly, my dog, Chazz does not like crunchy. He doesn’t care for food that is hard or snappy. So when I gave him the “chips” to taste test…he wasn’t very interested…at first. He kind of pushes at it with his nose, but the chips never get near his open mouth. Later, I had an idea and I got out one of his bowls. Poured some chips in and added a little water to soften them up. I placed the bowl on the floor & returned to my computer & some work that needed finishing. When I came back downstairs the bowl was empty, pupCHIPS were gone! So the flavor was yummy! Chazz liked them and gives them a 3 paws up rating!!!
And your dog will like them too. PupCHIPS come in easy portable snack size packs that fit in your purse, backpack, or dog carrier. You no longer need to drag a travel bowl, can or bag of dog food with you when you’re going to be gone a short while. Convenient & easy to bring along pupCHIPS is the answer.
For more information or to purchase online go to http://www.pupchips.com
Review Attribution: AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did not receive any kind of compensation for this product review. AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did receive sample packages of pupCHIPS for the purpose of feeding to ChazzTheDog and doing a Product Review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own, one individual; and were not influenced in any manner from the outside.