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Playing with a ball can be fun, but there are downsides
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The war has begun!

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Adventures of a dog Walker

Playing with a ball can be fun, but there are downsides

Some of the dogs in my pack really like retrieving balls, especially from the water.  There is nothing more joyful than watching dogs charge in to the waves after a ball and then surf out.  I never get tired of watching that. 

However some of these dogs that enjoy ball retrieving take it to unhealthy level.  The ball becomes their heroin.  They cannot function if there is a ball in their vicinity that is not in their mouth or under their control.  They jump all over the human trying to throw the ball and get into resource guarding fights with any other dog that comes near their ball.

What constitutes a good walk with your dog?

I often hear my clients say that they are afraid to walk their dogs off leash in an un-fenced area. They fear that their dogs will run away.  Mind you we live in an area with miles of beaches and trails that are open to unleashed dogs, basically dog heaven.  Meanwhile, I walk these same dogs off leash very happily with a few caveats. 

The biggest mistake people make with their dogs on walks is not walking far enough.  Most dogs are energetic and adventurous, they can easily walk/run a mile or two.

Warm winter warm noses

What a difference a year makes!  We are having 50 to 60 degree days here on Long Island so clearly the dogs still need to have flea and tick preventatives.  I put preventives on year round, I think that there are some outdoor places where the fleas never die.  This is not scientifically based just based on personal experience.  Warm winter weather can be helpful to fleas.

Another thing that has been on my dog walker mind of late is the brevity of a dog's life.  I have been walking and boarding dogs full time now for 5 years and some of my "clients" are starting to show aging.

The weather is perfect for dogs walks!

Well folks thankfully the winter is long gone and the dogs and I have been enjoying our walks on the beaches and trails. This is the payback season before it gets hot.  However, due to the fact that the snow was on the ground here for a solid 6 weeks, the blizzard of January 28th never really melted, the ticks were strengthened by their snow blanket.  This happy news was reported in our local newspaper here in East Hampton.  Although it seems counter intuitive, apparently snow is an insulator for ticks.

The war has begun!

Ok this season I am determined to win the war against tick diseases. I have taken a 3  pronged approach:

!. Applying Advantix every 3 weeks instead of every 4.
2.Putting on Preventic collars on my dogs as well.
3. Putting Daminix tubes all around my yard.

I hope this will prevent them from getting sick this year.  Wish me luck!

Skip the gym and walk your dog!

Spring is here ( maybe)

The long period of icy cold, snowy weather has finally abated here on Long Island.  The dogs are just as antsy as we are and are much more prone to lose themselves in scenting and hunting.  All of those smells that have been hidden under the snow for 2 months are filling the air for the dogs. As a result there have been many reports of lost dogs .Dogs are taking it into their own paws to get out and about. I believe that the spring weather and smells really inspires dogs to move around more.  The best strategy to combat this urge to hunt and move is take longer, more sniff filled walks.  Skip the gym and go walk your dogs!  Also start putting on topical flea and tick repellant yesterday!

I found some great treats for training!

One of my oldest friends sent me a great gift for Christmas, some dog treats. I love these treats for several reasons: they are all natural, made by a small local business in Chadd's Ford, PA, they are small in size and have a smooth uncrubbly, ungreasy (you can put them in your pocket without creating a  mess ) texture, there are different flavors included in each package and finally most importantly all of my dogs like them, (even the picky eaters!)

I will be ordering them from now on.  the company is called Bruno Bits and their web address is www.

I found a great comfy sweater for my dogs.

Winter is fully upon us here on Long Island.  The temps have been consistently below freezing now for about 3 weeks.  During my lifetime of caring for dogs I never used much doggy apparel so to speak, but now that I have 2 short hair dogs and a standard poodle whose hair is periodically short, I have noticed that my dogs get cold during the day in the house.  They let me know they are chilly by trying to burrow under sofa cushions and bed covers. 

I have found a great product for chilly dogs in the house.

Dogs are often my heroes

I walk groups of dogs everyday off leash in a beautiful, 20 acre dog park near my home here in East Hampton.  I know most of the dogs that I encounter, there as most of the people who walk their dogs there are local.  Occasionally we will meet a dog that we are unfamiliar with.  One of my dogs is an extremely friendly ( but rowdy Frenchie)  she has never met a dog or human that does she doesn't like in her relatively short life.  However , sometimes she meets a dog that does not like her?

Spring is finally here!

It has been a long, brutal winter here on Long Island.  The only good thing about that is there are no ticks and fleas yet.....  In celebration of that and the warmer weather this is the perfect time of year to get your dog out into the wild places that you do not want to go when the ticks arrive.  So get out to that woodland trail and enjoy no, before the bugs arrive!  Your dog will love exploring some new territory and you can use the the adventure to practice you re-call skills with your dog.