Playing with bitches

I started to think about how Wille interacts with other dogs after I read this article in Bark magazine (click), and came to the conclusion that he mostly plays with bitches and rarely gets into fights. He has two, one labradoodle and one pug/chihuahua, that he really likes and can play with for hours. They are both forward going and have strong opinions. Wille is a sweet dog and likes rules so it makes sense that he is drawn to a little more straight forward kind of dog personality. It is the bitches that set the rules and he just tags along.

But when they get tired the tone of the play usually becomes sharper and I have, on some occasions, had to step in and tell them to stop. I am never afraid that the play is going to get too rough or serious with them, they usually keep it on a good level, but I always keep an eye on them to catch, before hand, if they get tired.

Our research shows that for many dogs, play fighting is the primary method used to negotiate new relationships and develop lasting friendships.- Bark magazine


The high price we are willing to pay for the Bravecto pharmaceutical company not to take their responsibility

Pet, Fönstret, Djur, Husdjur, Söt, Hund, Valp, Vän

I read an insider in a dog magazine, written by a doctor and labrador owner. She raised the fact that Bravecto has been tested on dogs but not on so many dogs that we know today what will happen to our dogs if we continue to give them Bravecto.

That part of Bravecto I have already thought about, but what struck me this time was that Bravecto has been tested on dogs. Beagles, more precisely. That has been raised to do experimented on and then they get killed when they are no longer needed. I can not stop thinking about the beagles who have given up their short life so that we can put drugs in our dogs. 32 puppies and 40 big dogs have apparently been part of the safety study before approval.

Let us all take a moment and send a thankful though to those dogs, for what they have endured.

It also turns out that Bravecto has only been tested for a couple of months, bitches were given the drug and then the pharmaceutical company mated the dogs. The puppies then later got killed and autopsied. Some puppies had some defects like enlarged heart or spleen.

Sometimes it feels like we don’t want to see the reality of the world we are living. We would love to have this drug to be the answer to all our problems with ticks, but is it not a high price to pay? The pharmaceutical company clearly celebrates. They have sold over 34 million doses. That is a lot of money for a drug they don’t need to validate as safe. Lets us just have the EMA at MSD Animal Health to go in and do their job.


We do the training on the stairs

We did some training when we were walking up the stairs, some sit and lay down. I activate Wille as much as I can, but both he and I are restless now and want to go on a real long walk. Think we will be able to do it today. I have to make sure he is hydrated and that we walk on gravel roads and grass, not asphalt. What kind of weather do you have where you live? I see that I have a lot of readers in California, the United States. How do you handle the warm climate?


You need to think during warmer months

It went from snow to summer heat a little too fast for my taste. Not okay mother nature! We tried to be outside yesterday but it became too hot for the dogs. I don’t like when the weather skips the spring like that. Spring is the best season of the year and we hardly got any this year. It is the time of year you don’t know what you are going to wear and always pick the wrong thing. Not for the looks but for the not freezing our ass off or sweating like crazy. That time of the year you put your jacket on and end up caring it on your arm the whole day or leaving it at home and wish that you have taken it with you because you can’t think straight, you shivering so much. I should not whine, we had a fun time last night when Wille and I went for a night walk with the neighbor and his dog. He is an old man and so is his dog but both Wille and I enjoy the company.

Today I thought we should train some retrieving, stop and recall. We probably have the training late today. How do you do when you’re going to train with your dog and it is too hot outside? Are you indoors or have your training in the morning/evening?


Why do you just love them?

We have Blondie over for a visit and it always strikes me how adorable Golden retrievers really are. For real, look at that expression. Lovely. I would never get that same expression from Wille. He is more like Zoolander. (You have to google it:)) More intense than adorable. Goldens are more like teddy bears and you just want to hug them and they want you to hug them too.


How I got rid of my grass allergy with the help of the walks

We are half way thru May and I have still not felt the grass allergy that I have had since I was around twenty years old. The last couple of years It got worse and did get me to, in panic, go to the hospital because I was afraid that I would die. Not pretty at all but I got thru it and started over with the whole healthy thing. No sugar, no wheat, no dairy. Lots of walks in nature and to drink a lot of green tea. I have noticed that I don’t get ill that often anymore and that my allergy hasn’t knocked me over yet. Yes, we have a few months left of the grass growing but I used to be so tired this time a year. From may to September. Me sleeping thru the summer were more common then unusually. And we are really talking about the whole summer.

The one advice Wille has been a huge help with is that I, during the time I was really ill in allergy, should spend as much time as I could outside and go on long walks. My slight obsession with walks comes from that advice. I thought he was joking. I couldn’t breathe, let along be outside and the doctors has always said to me that I should spend the summer indoors. The advice here was to do the opposite of what everyone has told me to do before but I am glad that I toke that advice and that I had Wille to push me out the front door. I am not celebrating just yet but if the grass allergy kicks in only in June, July, and August, then that would be ok with me. To go from six months of red eyes, sneezing and tiredness to only three, that would be a huge improvement.


The show dog trot is very good for the every day conditon

I will be honest with you and say that Wille and I need to practice on the show dog trot. You know that high head, long legs and winning forward trot. The one trot we do not come close to today. He wants to gallop or jump up on me because I am running. Very fun apparently. But we take a few running sessions during our walk and just when he stops galloping and starts trotting he gets a treat, and we rest for a few minutes. My condition is not the best, I am afraid. Need some improvement, big time, but a little gets a long way. We have two weeks to get this trot to be show dog fabulous.

Does anyone have some good advice for me? I have him on my left side and I have a treat in my left hand and the leash lose but sometimes I have to use it to slow him down. Should I just let him run till he slows down in a trot by himself or should I continue to use the leash as a break?

I am showing him myself this time and I am not nearly as good at it as his breeder are.


How can I get the training with my dog done?

This weekend, when we were out on our long walk, we met a friend, so we stayed and talked. After a while, we began to discuss how often I train Wille and if I have a strict training schedule for him.

I have never had long training sessions with Wille when it comes to everyday training. I have chosen to train little but often. We train stop and sit when a car passes us on the road and also a few times when we met someone who cycles or comes walking. The real everyday life gives us better chances on what we need to train than I can try to plan during a training session.

So during our four-hour-long walk, we practiced three or four times what Wille should do when we meet people, cars or people on cycles. I didn’t know that that was what we needed to train when we went out on the walk but because I was quick to react to the situations around us it became a great opportunity.

I hear from a lot of people that they have difficulties to actually do the much-needed training with their dog. They know what they need to train but they can’t figure out the best way to go at it. If you thinking about how to get started or how to keep up with the schedule of your dog’s training, try to think about how you and your dog work best together. Is it easier for both you and your dog to have specific times during the week when you go to a place and have the training perfectly planned? Then try to have one day a week to get it done. Are you tired of thinking about planning? Then you may do as I do with Wille. Bring treats when you go out and figure out along the way what situations you want or need to train.


When we are close to water

Yesterday we were at one of the lakes on Lidingö and I uploaded a video on my Facebook page (click) when Wille walked on the wooden jetty. When he came back he did what he always does when we are by water. Stepped into the water and laid down.

Sure it was a nice day yesterday and we had been out for four hours but how hot could he have been? He got up first when I said that we should go, all covered in slightly muddy water. Well, that’s life with a dog:)