Friday, March 15, 2013

Bailey Boy and his toy..along with some great info..

This was my first baby and still is.. Love him soooo much and i wanted to share his morning play time with all of you! Every morning we get up the first thing we do is go out..then we eat...then we play for a few min before i have to get ready for work. I feel that it is so important that we play every day and keep him moving so hes not just sitting around looking like a fluffy lil toy.. 

So as i was looking around the internet i wanted to share some facts about my dog to you all, so i found yet another GREAT site to share with you..
Very few people do not succumb to the allure of the Maltese dogs. This toy dog breed is so adorable that the Maltese is often presented in the Aristocratic form. Professional dog groomers can perform expensive services for the Maltese like bathing, brushing, coat trimming, pedicure and hair styling.

The Maltese dog breed is one of the most fancy of all show dogs and caring for it is exhaustive work. The coat alone needs daily grooming and bathing at least twice a week. Also, their diet has to be very specific so as to maintain the sheen and shine of the coat. You must have passion when you want to adopt a Maltese dog into your life.

Here is a list of a few interesting facts about this adorable dog breed:

  • Maltese are fearless.

  • Charles Darwin himself theorized that the Maltese originated as a solid breed in 6000 B.C.

  • Despite their size, Maltese dogs are excellent jumpers. They have great hindquarter muscles that helps propel them to at least a full body-length into the air.

  • All Maltese dogs are white, with silky coats which are never shed. Any variation or stain in color is considered "undesirable."

  • A Maltese is also a hypoallergenic dog - which is the same with some breeds like the Bischon Frise and the Poodle. It means that they are less likely to cause you dog allergy.

  • They may look cuddly and cute, but Maltese dogs are intolerant of children or other animals. In fact, aside from their human companions some Maltese dogs are even openly hostile to other humans.

  • Josephine Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria are all great ladies who also share one common denominator: all of them had a pet Maltese at some point of their lives.

    Who is the richest Maltese in the world? Trouble is! In August 20, 2007, Leona Helmsley, a billionaire New York City Hotel Operator and Real Estate Investor, bequeathed $12 million to her pet Maltese named Trouble at the time of her death.

    "Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta," is one of the different names that the Maltese had carried over a span of many centuries. Other names include: Bichon, Comforter Dog, Maltese Lion Dog, Maltese Terrier, Melitaie Dog, Roman Ladies' Dog, Shock Dog, and the Spaniel Gentle. Today, everyone just calls it the Maltese: that darn cute little dog with the long flowing white hair.

    Most Maltese dogs now live the "Aristocratic" life: they live in luxury and often stay indoors. This however, can affect their health to a detrimental degree. Like all dogs, the Maltese dogs need to play outside. They are energetic little puffs of fluff, and the recommended daily walk is 2 to 3 times a day. Nail clipping is essential to help keep the dogs' balance. In the "wild," a Maltese would not need pedicures because their nails are gradually trimmed down as they pad across the earth or as they dig into the soil. Easy living has its price.

  • Much Love

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Fun Dog Facts for Kids..

    I love sharing cool information about different animals and i figured i found a link that i like so i would share it with you..


    Fun Dog Facts for Kids
    Enjoy these fun dog facts that deliver a variety of information about interesting breeds, puppies, guide dogs such as Labradors and much more. As the famous saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. Whether it’s as reliable workers, family pets or loyal companions, dogs are wonderful domestic animals that offer a number of qualities that are put to good use by humans.

    • In total there is said to be around 400 million dogs in the world.(thats alot of pups)
    • The domestic dog has been one of the most popular working and companion animals throughout human history.
    • Dogs perform many useful tasks for humans including hunting, farm work and security as well as assisting those with disabilities such as the blind.
    • Although experts often disagree, there is scientific evidence which shows that the domestication of dogs could have occurred more than 15,000 years ago.
    • There are hundreds of different breeds of dogs.
    • Examples of these breeds include: Bulldog, German Shepherd, Collie, Golden Retriever, St Bernard, Greyhound, Bloodhound, Chihuahua, Labrador, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Boxer and Cocker Spaniel.
    • The most popular breed of dog in the world by registered ownership is the Labrador. With their gentle nature, obedience, intelligence and near limitless energy, Labradors make for excellent family pets and reliable workers. They often assist police and are a common choice as guide dogs.
    • Dogs have formed such a strong bond as pets, workers and companions to humans that they have earned the nickname "man's best friend".
    • Humans help train various dog breeds to enter in competitions such as breed shows, agility and obedience contests, racing and sled pulling.
    • Dog have superior hearing than humans, capable of hearing sounds at four times the distance.
    • Dogs have a remarkable sense of smell, they are capable of differentiating odors in concentrations nearly 100 million times lower than humans can.
    • The average life span for a dog is around 10 to 14 years.
    • Those involved in dog breeding refer to males as ‘dogs’, females as ‘bitches’, dogs younger than a year old as ‘puppies’ and a group of offspring as a ‘litter’.
    • Domestic dogs are omnivores, they feed on a variety of foods including grains, vegetables and meats.

      Much love,

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    Saving your pet with CPR

    OK so this is one of the best things i have found on FB yet and i had to share it! Its pawrific...

    Much love

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Its not always furry..lets check out frogs!!

    So im sure that many of you have children out there and as you know so do i! i love to surf the internet ans share all the fun stuff i find on my blog! Why..well thats a good question! Well because it fun for me also. As i say in most of my blogs SHARING is please feel free to share away!

    Again i did not write this i am just sharing it and here is the website i found it on

    i came across this next link after trying to find new stuff so i figured, lets look at another animal..The Frog...

                            Fun Frog Facts for Kids
                                   Frogs are fascinating animals that feature unique behaviors and characteristics.
                                               Keep reading for more interesting information and frog facts.

    • A frog is an amphibian. They lay their eggs in water. The eggs hatch into a tadpole which lives in water until it metamorphoses into an adult frog.
    • Tadpoles look more like fish than frogs, they have long finned tails and breathe through gills.
    • An amphibian can live both on land and in water.
    • Although frogs live on land their habitat must be near swamps, ponds or in a damp place. This is because they will die if their skin dries out.
    • Instead of drinking water, frogs soak it into their body through their skin.
    • Frogs breathe through their nostrils while also absorbing about half the air they need through their skin.
    • Frogs use their sticky, muscular tongue to catch and swallow food. Unlike humans, their tongue is not attached to the back of its mouth. Instead it is attached to the front, enabling the frog to stick its tongue out much further.
    • The common pond frog is ready to breed when it is only three years old.
    • Frogs in the wild face many dangers and are lucky to survive several years. In captivity however, frogs can live for much longer.  
    • Frogs can see forwards, sideways and upwards all at the same time. They never close their eyes, even when they sleep.
    • Remarkably, frogs actually use their eyes to help them swallow food. When the frog blinks, its eyeballs are pushed downwards creating a bulge in the roof of its mouth. This bulge squeezes the food inside the frog's mouth down the back of its throat.

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    25 Strange yet Interesting Facts About Cats


    25 Strange yet Interesting Facts About Cats

    So i was looking around the internet to bring you some new and exciting stuff and i came across this! I did not write it and i cant seem to find the Author of it so ill put a link to the page on here also:

    I just found this interesting and wanted to share...

    One out of four American households has a cat for a pet. However, you do not have to own a cat to appreciate its eccentricities and unique behaviors. If you are an ailurophile (cat lover), the following cat trivia will teach you interesting and probably new facts about cat behavior, lifecycle, senses, and habits.
    1. There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
    2. Cats "paw" or "knead" (repeatedly treading on a spot - sometimes its owner) to mark their territory. Cats sweat through the bottom of their paws and rub off the sweat as a marking mechanism.
    3. Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it. If you think your cat or kitten has had an accident in your home, use a black light to find the mishap.
    4. The print on a cat's nose has a unique ridged pattern, like a human fingerprint.
    5. 25% of cat owners admit to blow drying their cat's hair after a bath.
    6. If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you.
    7. If your cat is thrashing its tail, she is in a bad mood - time for you to keep your distance!
    8. Only domestic cats hold their tails straight up while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
    9. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
    10. Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.
    11. The more you talk to your cat, the more it will speak to you.
    12. Kittens begin dreaming when they are over one week old.
    13. A group of kittens is called a "kindle." A group of grown cats is called a "clowder." A male cat is called a "tom," a female cat is called a "molly" or "queen", and young cats are called "kittens."
    14. Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.
    15. Each year Americans spend four billion dollars on cat food. That's one billion dollars more than they spend on baby food!
    16. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10.
    17. The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes.
    18. Cats have been used to deliver mail: In Belgium in 1879, 37 cats were used to deliver mail to villages. However they found that the cats were not disciplined enough to keep it up.
    19. In a lifetime, the average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring.
    20. A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.
    21. Cats rarely meow at other cats.
    22. When cats are happy, they may squeeze their eyes shut.
    23. Cats don't use their voice's natural frequency range to verbally communicate feelings such as affection, anger, hunger, boredom, happiness and fear - this would be inaudible to humans as this frequency is much lower than humans can hear. Some researchers believe cats may have learned we can't hear them in their natural range and have
    adapted so they can relate to us on our terms.
    24. The reason for the lack of mouse-flavored cat food is due to the fact that the test subjects (cats, naturally!) did not like it.
    25. Cats see so well in the dark because their eyes actually reflect light. Light goes in their eyes, and is reflected back out. This means that their eyes actually work almost like built-in flashlights.

    meow..purr purr
    Much love 

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Ten Awsome Rules for Great Leadership with your Dog

    So once again i am turning to for some more good advice to share! i was looking through there site AGAIN, why cause its AWSOME and found and article on Ten Rules to Great Leadership with Your Dog or Puppy and felt that i had to share this with you all. Again i did not write this, Nan Arthur’s Whole Dog Training 619-561-2602, she is the Author i am just the messanger lol but like I say ..sharing is careing so here is a peek at what i found...

    Ten Rules to Great Leadership with Your Dog or Puppy

    Leadership, in short, is the ability to guide, direct
    or influence. Nowhere in the definition does it
    say “dominate,” intimidate, or control, and yet
    over the years many dog trainers skewed and
    twisted the definition so out of shape a
    contortionist would be hard pressed to keep up.
    Even today with all the science to the contrary,
    there are popular books and videos for sale that
    insist on rough and harsh treatment of dogs to
    obtain optimum obedience.
    These misshapen ideas leave many pet parents
    confused— and if
    they are confused, just think

    how the dog must feel with so many conflicting
    Luckily, there is so much more information about
    learning theory, behavior and, frankly, dogs today,
    that it is a breath of fresh air to finally let go of
    those old ideas and get back to the real meaning
    of leadership with our dogs.

    1. Leadership begins with benevolence as you
    teach your dog the rules
    A study published in the February 2004 issue of
    the British Journal of Animal Welfare found, “Not
    only that rewards were more effective in eliciting
    desired behaviors from the dogs, but that those
    owners who used punishment-based training had
    seen a variety of bad behaviors in the their dogs
    including barking at/aggression towards people
    and other dogs, fearfulness, excitement, separation
    anxiety, and inappropriate mounting.” The dogs
    that were trained exclusively using positive,
    reward-based methods were significantly more
    obedient than those dogs trained using either
    punishment or a combination of rewards and
    punishment. The authors of the study suggest that
    “the use of punishment-based training might
    create a state of anxiety or conflict in the dog that
    is later expressed as bad behavior.”
    Think positive, not punishment!

    2. Reward, don’t ignore
    Humans tend to focus on the things they do not
    like their dogs to do; spending way too much time
    saying, “No,” and expending far too much energy
    trying to make them stop what they are doing. It
    is time to start putting all of that energy into
    “catching” dogs doing the correct things and
    rewarding those behaviors. If your dog has finally
    settled down and is quietly chewing a bone, do
    not ignore that behavior— reward it. Walk by
    your dog and quietly drop a treat by him and
    move along. If you don’t have a treat, a single and
    quiet “Good dog,” will do.
    If good behaviors are ignored and unwanted
    behaviors are the ones that get all of the
    attention, your dog may very well decide that
    good behaviors aren’t worth very much, but those
    “bad” ones sure do get everyone to pay attention
    to him.

    3. Manners are learned, rewards are earned
    Some people have a hard time using food rewards
    but are more than willing to present an entire
    bowl of kibble to their dogs without so much as a
    thought. You are going to feed your dog a couple
    of times of day, so why not let him earn his meals
    by using some of that kibble as a training reward.
    There are trainers and pet parents out there that
    do not even own food bowls for their dogs—
    every piece of kibble is a paycheck for a job well
    It is not necessary to go to extreme unless you
    want to, but plan to use a portion of your dog’s
    food to train, or to use it in food carrier toys such
    as Kongs or Buster Cubes so your dog can
    expend some mental energy working for his
    kibble each day.

    Domestic dogs studied in natural settings are
    observed spending most of their days looking for
    food. When you put your dog’s food in a bowl
    and it’s gone in 30 seconds, your dog has little to
    look forward to the rest of the day. This is why
    some dogs walk the path of destruction—they are
    Training and the use of food carrier toys exercise
    the mind, not to mention that in other studies,
    dogs preferred to earn their food rather than
    have it delivered in a bowl.

    4. Love your dog- limit your dog
    Like children, dogs appreciate and live very well
    with rules and limits. There is always time to relax
    rules after your dog learns them, but much more
    difficult to go back and put rules in place when
    your dog has not had structure in his life.
    Training is one of the best ways to limit your dog.
    It should always be fun, but the reason for training
    is to give your dog some life skills that help him to
    resolve conflict and live peaceably with humans.
    Teach your dog how to love his crate, be left
    alone and relax when he is not sure what to
    do so if he is ever in doubt, he will know to
    relax, rest and/or kickback, rather than become frantic with panic or
    wild with excitement.
    Manage your dog’s environment if you do not
    have have time, or are not sure how to train
    something— prevent the behavior from happening
    until you can teach your dog something else. Use
    his crate, baby gates or leashes to prevent him
    from practicing unwanted behaviors which only
    allows him to get better and better at it.

    5. Mental and physical exercise
    It is easy to exercise your dog’s body, but many
    people neglect exercising their dog’s minds. Do
    not be one of those people! Get creative and find
    things that will challenge your dog’s wonderful
    mental capacity. Hide and seek with his favorite
    toy, clicker training, food puzzles, digging pits,
    shredding toys, trick training, doggie trash cans,
    are all good ways to stimulate your dog’s mind.
    Be willing to let your dog make a few messes here
    and there—better a mess of organized play than
    one where you dog digs up the yard, or shreds
    your pillow.

    6. Let your dog be your teacher
    Learn about dogs. Read, get on the internet, go to
    workshops and seminars (always with an open
    mind since some of these might not be the
    correct direction to head with your dog) and then
    learn to watch your dog. Your dog always knows
    what he needs. Dogs are great teachers if you are
    willing to be the student. They are the masters of
    body language and have beautiful etiquette if
    allowed to express it. Learn what your dog is
    “saying,” and your relationship will grow.

    7. Respect your dog’s boundaries
    You expect your dog to respect your
    space and boundaries; in return,
    you should do the same. If your dog
    just settled down to rest by your feet, it is not an invitation to reach
    down and touch him. In fact, this can quickly
    teach your dog never to relax in your presence.
    If your dog shows his belly to you or another
    person, it is not always an invitation for a belly
    rub; it might be his way to say he is worried or
    concerned. If you watch how dogs interact with
    one another you would not see a dog start to pat
    or pound on a submissive dog’s belly. He would
    simply sniff and move away—anything else would
    be considered rude in the dog world.
    If you personally, would not like something done
    to you in the context of what you might be doing
    to your dog, respect your dog and back off. Body
    pounding, constant patting on the head, strangers
    grabbing his face, are all good examples of how a
    human might invade a dog’s personal space, and
    while he might tolerate it from you, that does not
    mean he enjoys it, especially from people outside
    of his comfort zone.

    8. Lead by example
    Your calmness will teach your dog to be calm.
    Learn to breathe and smile at your dog. The
    more you display calmness, the calmer your dog
    will be when he needs it the most.

    9. Believe your dog
    If you have heard yourself say, “My dog is stubborn.
    He “
    knows” how to sit (come, heel, etc.) but he

    won’t do it if we go anywhere outside of our
    neighborhood,” your dog is trying to tell you
    something. He is not stubborn; he might be
    nervous, fearful, overly excited, or the behavior
    has not been trained to fluency in different
    environments—but certainly not stubborn. The
    same goes for behaviors like reactivity toward
    other dogs or humans; your dog is trying to
    express how he feels about the situation.
    Whatever the reasons, your dog is communicating
    that he needs some help, not criticism.

    10. Laugh with your dog
    Dogs are truly the comics of the world. Enjoy
    your dog for what he is—a dog! There is poetry,
    music, and laughter in every moment of living with
    dogs (some messier than others) but dogs offer
    life lessons to each and every human that will take
    the time to look and not judge them for being
    dogs, but respect them for being so tolerant of
    living with us.

    Thank you Nan for letting me use your information!!

    Much love

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    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    This is my crazy pup Bella! This is what happens every time we vacume!! Im not sure what she is thinking but its pretty funny!!

    Do Animals Dream?

    So last night we were all getting ready to go to bed..the kids were in there rooms the dogs had gone out for the last time of the night, the cat made herself comfy on my oldest bed, and my youngest yet he fought me on getting into bed eventually settled down and off to dream land he went.. Ok so now its time to get my doggies into there beds so Bella took her place next to our bed and Bailey took his place on my bed. About 30 min later i hear a faint woof..a grunt followed by a whine! What ..its bella and shes out cold but making all this noise..Ohh and along with that the hubby is snoring away...Yes not the quietest night. so this morning i decided to look up if animals do dream, and this is what i came up with....I did not writ this i just found it interesting and i have put up the link if you would like to click on it, the author of this post is  Kaitlin Miller

    Sleeping Dog Michael Cogliantry/Getty Images
    Yes. Many pet owners have seen their sleeping dog or cat twitch or paw the air, as if dreaming of bones to bury or mice to chase. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and author of the book The Intelligence of Dogs, says that canines go through the same sleep stages as we do, only faster.
    After about 20 minutes, a dog enters REM sleep, the stage in which most vivid dreams occur. Big dogs dream longer, Coren says, and little dogs dream quickly and frequently. He doesn’t know why, and neither does anyone else. Insects and fish don’t experience REM sleep, but some birds and all mammals do. Reptiles might also experience REM, and some scientists argue that our mammalian dreaming might be a holdover from our reptilian brains.
    The purpose of dreaming remains a mystery, but infants (of all species) dream more often. This is probably because the sensory stimulation helps form new neural connections. In adults, the best working theory is that dreams stimulate the regions of the brain associated with memory. Finches replay the melody of their birdsong in their dreams, and lab rats retrace the mazes they have run.
    peace love and doggie kisses

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Seriously cute!!!yes they are pit bulls

    So this is a friend of mine who has adopted 2 pit bulls ! I am proud to share her experience with you all!!

    I use to be scared of pitbulls, scared due to my lack of knowledge and ignorance in my part due to what people had told me, and now I cant begin to imagine my life without sugar and nala. Sugar being a rescue dog, seeing everything she has been through and all the scars she has, she has done nothing more than shown me such love and loyalty. She reminds me of me some days, scars and still capable of love. Nala just one year old and does not have one aggressive bone in her body. All she wants is kisses and cuddles all day. I have seen more aggressive mini dogs than pitbulls, and wish people would stop giving them such bad reps, these two have saved me in so many ways! At the end of the day all they want is ur love and cuddles. Like little babies! And we are blessed to have them! 

    Tell me would you run away from this? I wouldn't!

    Pit bull are really not bad!!


    So this is a Pit bull.. not so scary when the are shaking in the corner because its 4th of July and the fireworks are making this poor baby shake . Look it's not the breed in general But its people in general who are mean and treat there dogs like garbage who give the breed a bad name! When we raise our children I would hope we raise them responsibly enough to tell right from wrong! Well we need to do the same with our furkids! When they are born they are a clean slate we have to teach them . They are not born to fight or kill, but if they are born into the wrong hands yes they will fight because that's what we are teaching them. Al, I'm saying is give them a chance n open your eyes..

    Friday, March 1, 2013


    Hello there my friends!!

    So i have written about my dogs a few times, so now i think ill talk about my cat! I have a Torti!! To say the least she is a VERY vocal cat! She has what is calles Tortitude..LOL.. Yes its real. She lets me know when shes hungry, when she wants attention well when she wants anything! Missy is her name, and we adopted her when she was 8 weeks old and boy was she active!! When we went to meet her she litteraly climbed up me and sat on my shoulder and i dont know if you know this but kitten claws.. HURT Here is a pic of her

    Let me tell you that no matter what the time and i men any time of the day or night she likes to play! She has gone as far as knocking things over to get my attention be it paper or glass..She thinks she a DIVA.. In addition to their distinctive coloring, torties also have a reputation for unique personalities, sometimes referred to as “tortitude.”  They tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can  be very possessive of their human.  Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent,  feisty and unpredictable.  They’re usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr.  These traits are stronger in tortoiseshell cats than in calicos – it seems as though these traits are somewhat diluted with the addition of more white to the color scheme.

    Tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female.  Tortoiseshell and calico coats are the result of the interaction between genetic and developmental factors.  The occasional and very rare male tortoiseshell cat is the result of a genetic mutation.
    They are great cats but be forewarned they are a very active cat and will want your attention all though very beautifully in color.
    Well that's all for now.... Much love 

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Train Me..Thats how i become the best

    Training your furkid will help you all get along the correct way!! There is no skipping a day or wait until tommorow thats just not fair.. I know you would not do that yo your child, so dont do it to your furkids either!!

    much love..

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Momma says check out some local dog trainers...

    Hello my feriends!

    So being the fact that i live in NY i figured lets give some props to my fellow peeps..LOL, so i went on a web search for some LI Dog Trainers and came up with Best Friend Dog Training in case you would like to check out the site yourself. But no worries if you dont live on the island you can find them in a few other places like Nassau. Suffolk, Queens, Manhatten, NJ and also in Maryland...

    Why did i choose to write about them, Well as i was reading more and more i felt very at ease. They get to the point with out overdoing it. I have also searched reviews on them and they have a 3.5 out of 4 stars on yelp and 5 star on yahoo, thats comming from clients!

    Momma says Check it out!! You can look at there videos also



    Message from Frank Bonomo, BFDT's President

    When I founded Best Friend's Dog Training in 1999, I started with the belief that anyone who is willing to invest in training deserves the best, most personalized training available. Over the past 12 years, Best Friend's has adapted and changed the way we train to keep our dog trainers up to date with the best training methods available. We are not interested in the latest fads, toys, or TV show Trainers. We look only for highly reliable, fast, training methods that people can learn.In fact, Best Friend's Dog Training is the ONLY New York company of Dog Trainers to offer, and require their trainers to understand, train and teach ALL major methods of training including clicker training, leash based training, and modern remote collar training. If you need to be enrolled in a School for Professional Dog Trainers or have a PhD in Psychology to make something work, it's useless to you and never makes our program.
    Since our company has grown,we also have the unique distinction of having trained most of the trainers offering off leash, or lifetime obedience programs in our area. We often get referrals from other professional trainers for difficult dogs, or unusual cases. We have found through the past 11 years, that training with multiple methods isnt enough. There must be a team of trainers available to help you and your family when you need it. Best Friend's is the only company that can say "Our team of trainers is here for you." We want to make sure you have a happy, well mannered dog no matter where you are visiting or where you live. If you are by the quiet woods and waters of northern NY, the crowded streets and parks of Manhattan, or the busy lifestyle of suburban Long Island and Westchester, we have a program for you. If you don't see what you are looking for, call or email and ask for it. We'll try to find a solution.
    Our programs do not stop at obedience training, it promotes a beter understanding, health, safety and socialization of your dog. Any worries about taking a walk in a crowded public place, or running out of an open door will become a thing of the past. You can go on vacation, walk on the beach, or visit a busy street fair with your dog, offleash. Our dedication to our customers can be seen before you ever invest in training. Please consider this your personal invitation to watch any of our weekly group classes, meet our trainers, our clients, and our clients dogs. After you have watched us, whether you choose Private Lessons in your home, or the Board and Train (some call it Train & Stay), I believe you will see dogs that meet or surpass your expectations.
    I'm telling you this because I don't want you to think we're like any other dog trainers. Not only does our program surpass any other dog training program around, but our clients are welcome and encouraged to train with us for the lifetime of their dog. If you keep coming, we'll keep teaching. At no additional cost!! Our "Lifetime" clients are also invited to our annual picnics and parties for dogs, as well as receiving a discount on boarding. Over the years, we have helped thousands of people with their family pets, therapy dogs, hunting dogs, personal protection dogs, police dogs, narcotics detection dogs, and service dogs for people with special needs. If you have any questions, please watch our training videos, feel free to call, send an e-mail, or stop by a group class. The training staff and I look forward to meeting you.

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    A few more posters i wanted to share

    Here are some more  that you can print out and show your children!

    Please Remember: Sharing is Careing
    I have found these by searching the internet i am not using these as my own creations i am just sharing them with you because i think that these are very helpful and sometimes easier to understand in picture form.

    How to Greet a Dog Correctly with printable poster

    Sharing is Careing

    Good Morning Sunshine

    Today i would like to share with you  some informtional posters that you can print out  for you  family. They are the right and worng ways to greet any dog. This is especially great if you have small ones in the house, or family that comes over with children. A animal can only take so much pulling poking and getting in there face before something happenes. Im not saying it will happen but there is always a possability. If your furkid could speak to y0ou and say hey mom im just not feeling well today or im just not comftorable in this situation it would make things a hell of alot easier..But thats not the case so here are some linls to some posters
    Here is the link

    Thank you Dr. Sophia Yin!!!
    Free Poster: How to Greet a Dog Correctly 
    Thanks for visiting Dr. Sophia Yin's animal behavior website. We've shown you how kids should and should not interact with dogs and showed you a PSA about what happens when kids approach dogs incorrectly. Now get the poster that shows kids how to greet a dog correctly so that the dog feels comfortable instead of threatened
    Download this informative poster "How to Greet a Dog Correctly" today! Download the poster by clicking on the button at the bottom of this blog.
    This poster clearly outlines how to correctly greet a dog and:
    • How to move in ways that help kids appear friendly
    • What body postures to kids should avoid
    • How similar the greeting situations are to situations where humans greet each other

      Preventing Dog Bites by Learning to Greet Dogs Properly

      Posted On: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
      By Dr Sophia Yin
      Download the How to Greet a Dog poster here.
      The consensus among animal behavior professionals is that the major cause of dog bites to humans is related to failure of owners and dog bite victims to recognize when dogs are fearful and know how to approach and greet dogs appropriately. But what exactly is the correct approach and why do so many people fail to do it?

      One issue is that we humans have an instant gut reaction to the cuteness of some dogs. It’s the same reaction we had as a child when we saw a cute teddy bear or other stuffed animal. As a result we treat pets as if they are cuddly toys. While many dogs are friendly, cute, and love interacting with humans, they are definitely not toys. In fact, when you think about it, dogs are a bit like humans in that the same types of inappropriate greetings that would cause a human to be afraid or irritated would cause a dog to become fearful and even aggressive too. Here are some examples:
      Appropriate and inappropriate approaches: You’d probably feel threatened if someone randomly walked up to your car and stuck their hand into the window to reach for you. Similarly dogs may feel scared or violated if you reach into their safe space. It’s best to stand out of the dog’s safety/ threat zone and even look away so it’s clear you’re not some bad guy trying to break in.
      Appropriate and inappropriate approaches: People frequently see a cute pooch and want to rush up to pet him. Just as you might feel scared if a stranger or even an acquaintance ran right up to you, a dog may feel uncomfortable too. It’s best to approach slowly—at a leisurely walk while watching the dog for body language signs of fear (Download this poster showing fearful body language in dogs)
      Appropriate and inappropriate approaches: It’s mostly kids who rush up uncontrollably to pet a dog, but even adults encroach threateningly. For instance, suddenly reaching out from nowhere without first asking parents or the owner can lead to bad results.  Even children are nervous of strangers approaching, and rightly so. We shouldn’t expect our dogs to be more comfortable with stranger danger than our kids. That’s why it’s important to always ask owners if it’s OK to greet their pets.  It’s up to the owner to know their pet well enough they can inform others if it’s safe to pet their dog and if the dog will enjoy the interaction.
      Appropriate and inappropriate approaches: Starting in childhood, we were all told to avoid staring. It’s rude, and even creepy. So even if a dog’s owner says it’s OK to greet Rover, avoid approaching head-on and staring. Instead, approach offset or sideways and look using your peripheral vision.
      Appropriate and inappropriate greetings: Have you ever seen a toddler or young child visiting Disneyland or some other theme park to see their favorite beloved cartoon character? But when they see Mickey Mouse or Yogi Bear he’s gigantic in size and looming over them and they get scared. The same thing happens to dogs. They may seem friendly and happy as you approach, but if you loom over them, especially if you’re facing them head on, you can cause them to have a meltdown. That’s why it’s better to stand facing slightly sideways and remain outside their personal space or bubble. Note that the size of the bubble varies from dog to dog. Then let them approach at their own rate if they feel like it. If they don’t feel like approaching, then just admire them from a distance. For little dogs you can squat down to their level. But be careful to do so from far away and face sideways so that when you are shorter your face isn’t right in their face.
      Appropriate and inappropriate greetings: Although you’ve probably heard that you should greet dogs by letting them sniff your hand, reaching out to their face is actually pretty rude, especially if you’re facing them or staring. Imagine if someone was standing near you and they reached a hand out towards you. It’s best to let the dog approach at his own rate and avoid putting pressure on him by reaching out.
      Appropriate and inappropriate greetings: Some kids have phobias about clowns or certain types of people. Similarly some dogs are afraid of some types of people or people wearing or carrying certain objects or in various environments. Even if you’ve followed all of the appropriate greeting rules so far, some pets may still feel uncomfortable. So if you see signs of fear, discomfort or tension (link to the dog body language/ dog bite prevention-the one from Friday’s blog), even if the dog comes up to sniff you, still avoid petting him. Instead just admire the pet from nearby.
      Appropriate and inappropriate interactions: Lastly, remember that some interactions are just not appropriate or aren’t as fun for the animal (or for children) as you think.  For instance, most kids don’t like being pinched on the cheek even if they will put up with it. Similarly most dogs dislike being hugged even by family members even if they allow it. Imagine how a dog who dislikes hugging might react if they are hugged by someone with whom they’re only mildly familiar. When interacting with a dog, especially an unfamiliar one, avoid hugging, patting or petting in an overly familiar way. Instead pet in a calm, gentle, relaxed manner.

      While many humans routinely greet dogs inappropriately and many dogs put up with this socially inappropriate behavior, if you stop and think about it, correct greetings are common sense. We should be respectful of dogs instead of assuming they should be friendly and polite even when we humans are not.

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    1000 treat challenge

    Good Morning Furkids mom's and dad's..
                                            Remember Sharing is caring.. please share my blog withh all your friends!

    I am sorry that i did not get to get this up sooner BUT i was helping my 3rd grader do his HW untill 10 pm last night! He had a book report to do that he procrastinated on and all of a sudden it was MOM ITS DUE TOMMOROW, ohh and i have a poster to make also.. and a few min after that was mom, i have to find 100 of the same items and glue it on this sheet of paper for my 100 day project.. AHHHHHHHHH .. so this is what 100 pennies looks like glued to the 100 day sheet:

    Ok so now on to the coolest challange for your furkid..
    1000 treat chalange, i was sent this website through my friend Harriett, from the Red Hook Dog Rescue and if you read Relax on a mat you will see a link to her information, so the name of the site is
    and i had emailed Madeline Gabriel who gave me permission to link her site to my blog, So awsome of her !!
                                                            Learning to Live Happily Ever After

    Take the Thousand Treat Challenge!

    Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Dog Training, Uncategorized | 23 comments
    Last week I took delivery of 32 pounds of dog treats.  Thirty-two pounds!  Imagine the possibilities!
    Just in case anyone is doing the math on my 32 pounds, there is one four pound roll already in use!
    As I lugged them all out to the garage, I was suddenly struck with the fear of, “What if at the end of these 32 pounds my dog is no more proficient in training skills than he is today?”  That’s because I tend to be somewhat aimless in my training at times:
    Even though it is VERY cute, maybe my puppy didn't need quite SO many treats just for tilting his head so endearingly...
    Even though it is VERY cute, maybe my puppy didn’t need quite SO many treats just for tilting his head so endearingly…

    Many of the people who attend my Dogs and Babies classes have the opposite situation.  For whatever reason, people come in thinking that it’s somehow “cheating” to use food in training or they have been taught ineffective techniques for food reinforcers and are, understandably, not enamored of the results.

    The Thousand Treat Challenge

    Then it hit me - I can solve both problems with one low commitment game.  If you already give your dog treats freely, the Thousand Treat Challenge will add more precision to your training.  If you are new or even a little opposed to giving treats, it won’t hurt to give it a limited try.  After all, you do feed your dog, don’t you?  You may as well come away with your dog better trained for those calories he was just going to eat out of a bowl.
    1. Choose a behavior or skill you want your dog to perform better/differently
    2. Set aside 1,000 treats (see below)
    3. Over the course of two weeks, spend your 1,000 treats to practice and reinforce progress

    What Does 1,000 Treats Look Like?

    My combination below of home-dried hot dogs, freeze-dried liver treats and Natural Balance Roll-a-Rounds took up less than one sandwich bag and weighed 8 ounces.  The trick, of course, is that effective treat reinforcers are very small and highly delicious (to dogs).  Dog trainers know this but pet owners are stuck trying to make it work with a bag of dry biscuits.
    Choose a variety of palatable treats and cut/break up your 1,000 pieces.  Mine had to be dry and relatively non-perishable because I’m bringing them to class next week, but you can feel free to chop up bits of leftover meat from dinner or cheese or the trainer’s standby – rolls of Natural Balance or Red Barn as pictured above.  Set aside in a designated container or bag to draw from throughout the course of the challenge.

    1,000 treats – ready to go!!

    Make a Plan

    Don’t let this step slow you down!  The Thousand Treat Challenge is all about doing!  Pick anything!  Here are some ideas:
    • Reinforce the behavior of looking at you
    • Teach Down to a snazzy hand signal or a whisper
    • Practice standing around people (not jumping!)
    • Improve elements of leash walking
    • Reinforce coming when called
    • Help your dog be comfortable with touch – maybe even work on nail clipping!
    Don’t know how to train these behaviors?  Someday, I will finish writing/videoing these and other easy-to-improve-with-very-little-effort behaviors.  In the meantime, check out Emily Larlham’s wonderful set of YouTube videos for tons of quick ideas and step-by-step instructions.  Really, just close your eyes and pick one and you’ll do fine!
    If you want to make a written plan, allocate the number of treats you want to “spend” on each aspect of the behavior.  This will help you keep on track and monitor progress.  Write down:
    1. Here’s what my dog does now
    2. Here’s what I’d like it to look like instead
    3. List a few aspects you can work on and how many treats for each
    4. Measure progress
    For example, a dog that sits well in the kitchen might benefit from practicing 50 times in each other room (not all at once, of course – remember, you have two weeks for the challenge).  If you notice the dog only sits when you inadvertently “announce” training time by being too obvious with the food in your hand, you can decide, “I am going to spend 200 treats practicing with empty hands,” and so forth until you have the behavior you want.  One thousand treats give you lots of chances to provide clear information to your dog!

    Take the Challenge!

    I have a one year old Flat-Coated Retriever who likes to eat all kinds of junk.  I am going to start with teaching him to prefer looking at me over dive-bombing for dropped food.

    What will YOU do with your 1,000 treats?

    One day my puppy will be as good at this as my old dog was!
    One day my puppy will be as good at this as my old dog was!

    Again i would like to thank Madeline  for letting me share this with you! Please let me know if you try this and come back and post your sucess stories with me!