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