Because I don’t ever want to have to pull dead, rotting puppies out of a dog ever again.
Feel free to criticize me if you want, but I feel like the vast majority of pet owners aren’t responsible enough or educated enough to keep their animals intact.
My dog won by a large amount of votes as ‘cutest pet’ for the local newspaper. But because he’s a pitbull he was not given the prize or recognition. So disappointed with the ignorance of this town. At least I know Valentino is the cutest pet in this town.
Even though he wasn’t sure of her at first, Anubis now loves his baby sister, Analeigh. She is his new favorite thing. Very proud of him for taking her love-torture.
Give me a trick to work on with Adele for her dinner tonight!
So far she knows:
Spin (both directions)
High five (either paw and both)
Roll over (if you’ve got something good)
Go lie down (mat)
I’m interested in teaching her…
Also, teaching her to simply back up can help with that too!
Oh yeah, I forgot that one too. We started working on that the other day actually. I’ll be working on that way more in the next couple of weeks :)
My little pitty’s favorite tricks are “leave it”, “heel”, and “through”.
Leave it: toss something delightful near them, or multiple things, and either let them have it with a release word or give them a treat out of hand for ignoring it. The correct training way is to give them a treat and not let them have what you toss near them but some times I’m just too lazy for that.
Heel: Use the command or hand signal (mine is sticking my left hand out, then placing it behind my back) while they are in front of you so they proceed to circle behind you and sit beside you. Anubis ends up at my right side.
Through: Same as heel, hand signal with my right hand instead, and he walks through the middle of my legs and sits at my right.
I always have hand signals, which were fun to teach, and he also knows his commands in German. He actually listens better when I use his German commands. That way you really make their brain work, too.
common sense, really
Adele had a blast at the dog park today. She was 100% appropriate the entire time, gave cranky dogs their space, adjusted her play style to match each dog individually, and just glowed with a confidence and joy that I haven’t seen in her in a while. I was so proud of her and so glad she was able to have this opportunity to be a dog.
Note: my rescue is openly against dog parks for various reasons but I definitely believe that they have their place. There are very few around me and this one is obscure and hard to find. All the people there are 100% on top of things and know all the dogs that go by heart. I was confident in Adele’s ability to react to other dogs well and my ability to read potentially difficult situations and remove Adele if things got fishy.
Virtually every dog relishes a loving scratch behind the ears and some sweet, vocal praise. But dogs identified as pit bulls get a bad reputation and a lot less love.