My dog Fleegle is learning to heel. I’m using the treat and clicker method off-leash in the backyard. With the treat as a lure held low, he has the stop and goes down, along with the 180 turns and the 360 spins. When he gets excited for a treat, he makes a quiet grunting sound, like he’s clearing his throat before speaking. This method involves a lot of treats, and a lot of grunting. Continue reading “Fleegle Learns to Heel – Raud Learns to Heal”
My new camera arrived. I now have manual control. Oh boy, I feel like a Chocolate Lab with a new squeaky toy.
At six months old, this is what I’ve learned so far:
- Lean hamburger is good, but the fatty kind is healthier for you.
- Cat food is good for dogs too. It’s an urban myth that it gives us gas.
- Dog poop should be left where it lands. Cat poop should be picked up diligently–by dogs.
- Picking up poop is very unhealthy for two-leggers, but eating it is just fine for us dogs.
- Having four legs is definitely more graceful than just two, but a bucketful of chicken legs from KFC beats both.
- Barking gets you what you want, but whining will get it faster, and the higher pitch the whine the quicker the two-legger will snap to it.
- A cute play bow will trump a growl in any encounter.
- Snoring is beautiful. It comforts your two-legger to know you’re near and that helps them sleep.
- Grooming is best done at 3am on your two-legger’s bed, preferably while sharing the pillow.
- If your stomach is upset, 3am is also the time to puke, also preferably on the bed but not on the pillow. Use the foot of the bed. Your two-legger will appreciate you doing it so late because it will give them an excuse not to deal with it until morning.
When my dog, Wyatt, was dying of kidney failure, there was a distinct odor to his breath that my vet said was due to his failing kidneys. His breath had always been unique to him. None of the other dogs I encountered had his distinct odor of breath and I encountered a good many through work in the four years I had him. Early on I didn’t think much of it because he had a penchant for eating poop and I associated it with that and it wasn’t until the end that it became noticeably strong.
Recently, while playing with my five month old puppy, Fleegle, I smelled this same distinct odor on his breath. Fleegle is related to Wyatt. He was sired by one of Wyatt’s littermates and as I remembered my vet telling me there could be a genetic component to kidney disease in dogs, I began to worry. Continue reading “Dog Breath”