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Charlie Brown and a Gastropexy
Training Charlie Brown Weeks 12-16
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Charlie Brown and a Gastropexy

What is a Gastropexy? Why did Charlie have one? Why did he need two?

Charlie Brown, 2 years old
Working in the world of pets, you happen to come across the tragedy of a family losing one of their beloved members to something preventable. Bloat and/or gastric torsion is one of those medical conditions that take our pets before their time. This is also referred to in the medical world as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or GDV. A surgery called gastropexy can treat or prevent GDV.  Before we talk about gastropexy, what is GDV exactly, and how can it be fatal?

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 12-16

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 12-16

Charlie is growing so quickly! At twelve weeks Charlie weighed in at 24 pounds, and now he’s 39 pounds. (that’s close to four pound gain a week!!) He has more than tripled his weight at 8 weeks when I brought him home. He’s lost all of his puppy fur and now looks like a little dog. His color is as that breeder predicted all brown. He is now all up to date on his vaccines and at 16 weeks just received his rabies, last distemper series, and bordetella. Charlie had a few firsts this month; his first time in the water, first camp fire, and first Thanksgiving.

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 8-12

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 8-12

Charlie Brown #ChessieCharlie
Charlie has been with me now for four weeks. It’s hard to imagine that he is already twelve weeks old! The last four weeks have been packed full of training. Most training classes like to wait until the puppy is at least four months old, to prevent an under-vaccinated puppy from getting sick, but that shouldn’t mean waiting until four months to start doing any training. Every interaction you have with your new puppy, (or dog) especially in the first four weeks, influences their behavior for the rest of their lives.

Socializing Charlie Brown

Socializing Charlie Brown

As a behaviorist and trainer, I cannot stress enough the importance of early socialization for puppies to be able to grow into friendly, confident members of your family.  Socialization means to give your puppy positive exposure to everything they might come across as an adult dog. This needs to be done in a planned out and careful way, and if done poorly, it will most likely do more harm than good. Most of the dogs I work with that are suspected of abuse, most likely are under-socialized and not abused.

Finding Charlie Brown

Finding Charlie Brown

Blackwood Charlie Brown  #ChessieCharlie
My search for Charlie started in the spring of 2015.  I had decided I was ready and needed to narrow down what kind of dog I was going to get.  So many to choose from and now that Charlie is with me I often get asked, “why a Chesapeake Bay Retriever?” (Chessie for short)  It’s simple really…I like the breed.  I like that they’re loyal, protective, intelligent, a high desire to be WITH people, a high desire to please, confident, and calmer than they look.  Chessie’s while not low shedding, they shed quite a bit less than a German Shepherds and Labs (which they often get confused for), and they’re very low maintenance with grooming.

Saying Goodbye to Kayla

On September 19th 2014, I said goodbye to my sweet girl Kayla. To the average person she was just a dog. To most of the people I worked with over an eight year period of time she was a good dog, but to me she was something a little bit more.

Kayla was born on May 15th 2002. My mom was a breeder at the time, and I was called the day she was born. I held her before her eyes opened, played with her a few days after she started walking, and finally at 9 weeks old, I brought her home with me. That first day, we spent with my future in-laws.

5 Ways to Use Vinegar to Train Your Dog

Vinegar seems to be one of the crazy things in life that has a million and one uses to it.  The last couple of years I’ve been using it much more than just an ingredient in a recipe.  I wanted to share with you 5ways to use vinegar around your home in relation to your dog.
  1. For puppies or dogs with a chewing issue vinegar can be used as an anti-chewing deterrent. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray on areas your puppy or is chewing.

Human Foods that are Poisonous to Dogs

Human Foods that are
Poisonous to Dogs
The holidays are here.  People are busy shopping, cooking, and preparing for visitors.  Often people want to cook for their dog or puppy, and while there are some great recipes out there that are easy and great to cook for your dog, it's important to know what ingredients are not safe.  Here is a list of foods that you should avoid when preparing special dishes for your sidekicks.
  • Avocados: they contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals.

5 Benefits of Dog Training

A few weeks ago I was in my car waiting for my pizza to be done so I could take it home.  A woman walks past my car with her dog, a lab mix, on a flexi lead.  She had a baggie of poop in one hand and she was holding the leash with the other. Two blocks ahead, and on the opposite side of the road, another dog was walking in our direction.  The lab mix started to bark, pull on the leash, and started spinning around his owner.  The owner in her struggle to control her dog, ended up with the baggie of poop all over her.

Luckiest Sidekick Contest

Are you on Facebook??  If so you could enter into the Luckiest Sidekick Contest!
Puppies Are Wonderful Sidekicks (PAWS) would like to announce the "Luckiest Sidekick" CONTEST!! I've been thinking about how lucky I am to have Kayla and Lucy with me, and how much I enjoy spending my time with them. I love to show them off and that inspired me to have a lucky sidekick contest.

So here are the rules...please submit a photo of your Sidekick to amber@pawstbm.com by 8pm (EST) Wednesday March 14th, and on Saturday March 17th I will announce the winner.
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