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Wordless Wednesday: Sing Along With Charlie

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

 If you’re handsome and you know it and you really want to show it…

If you’re handsome and you know it, clap your paws.

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Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Dogs

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Loving Fearful Dogs – Was She Abused?

Puppy Louise

Rescuing animals, especially when they are several months old or older, means that you will never know how they were treated in their early formative weeks. Because of her fearful behavior, I thought that Louise might have been abused as a puppy. She came into our lives when she was 4 or 5 months old. Louise was fearful and shy from the moment we met her. Her foster said that she had a collar embedded in her neck and she was covered with Demodex (red mange). The rescue had liberated Louise and her sister, Thelma, from some guys in a pickup truck in the parking lot of a kill shelter down in South Carolina. Based on this story, I assumed she was neglected, if not worse, in her early months. Recently, I am rethinking that idea. I have been reading about the critical socialization time for puppies that occurs between 6 and 10 weeks. This is called the ‘sensitive period.” Before 6 weeks, puppies see everything in their world as good. This is the time that they associate smells and other things potentially as good stuff for the rest of their lives. Then around 5 or 6 weeks FEAR sets in.

In an article on early socialization, Dr. Sophia Yin, DMV, said that puppy’s need to be socialized as early as possible but definitely “before five weeks of age because by five weeks the puppy is showing fear responses to people, objects and other unfamiliarity around them.”  She stresses that if socialization doesn’t start before 14 weeks of age “many puppies will be doomed to a life of fear” unless they go through a regimen of intense socialization. I wish I know this when I first rescued Louise because Dr. Yin’s message is clear, that socialization in the sensitive period “can be the difference between having a happy, well-adjusted dog to one who is fearful of people, objects, other animals, and various environments that we humans perceive as safe.”

You can read more regarding one of the most important studies done around early socialization in different breeds detailed in the book ‘Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog’ by John Paul Scott and John Fuller, published in 1965 (Scott and Fuller, 1965).

Louise 1st Photo

Instead of early abuse, maybe Louise was not socialized during her most sensitive development stage and that is why she developed her life-long fears. Louise is leash aggressive and afraid of strangers, both human an canine. Though I have worked with her to manage her behavior in stressful situations, it would really help if I understood the root causes.

When you rescue, it is rare to know what happened during that critical puppy time. Maybe when she was still little there were additional things I could have done to change that fear imprint. Over the years, I have done much to quiet her fears and provide a safe and supportive environment in which she has flourished. She is a very happy dog at home but fearful, especially on a leash, and needs special attention. Are there ways to undo the emotional damage in dogs?

To be continued…..

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Animals

 

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Black and White Sunday: Tableau

Charles, the Mugwump, sunning himself on the deck among the maple tree buds. As seen from inside.

Have a wonderful Sunny Sunday

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Posted by on April 9, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Caturday: Mini Loves Lulu – Charles Not So Much

Mini and Lulu have a special relationship.

Lu doesn’t really pay attention much to the cats, but she and Mini kiss quite often. Mini really likes her.

On the other paw, Mini is not too fond of Charles. And for good reason, he bullies her off laps and is generally a stupid dog.

Body language can tell you a great deal at the zoo.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2017 in Cats

 

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Wordless Wednesday: I Love A Parade

Some days, walking Little, Middle, and Big feels like a parade. We are all marching down the street wagging and strutting. Maybe the cats will follow us in a float. You just never know.

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Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Monday Mischief: Grazin’ On The Grass

The temperature went from cold to hot in a moment. I didn’t bring water and all the dogs’ did was pant and eat grass on our long walk today. Maybe I have 3 sheep instead of 3 dogs. I wonder if the grass tasted cool and moist, quenching their thirst until we got home to the water.

In case you were wondering, eating grass is fine for dogs. In my review of veterinarian and journal articles, no one really knows (or agrees on) why they do it, but they all say that it is not harmful. Basically, it has no nutritional value (sort of like iceberg lettuce). There is speculation that dogs eat grass when their tummies are upset, which I know is true. Mine have always eaten grass when they want to barf (especially Sofie). But, I also think they like the taste. Squash had a particular onion grass that he preferred each spring on my neighbor’s corner, and I find that Louise enjoys the same grass when it comes up.

The cats like grass too. We actually grow it indoors in hopes they will leave the houseplants alone. It doesn’t keep them from eating everything else, but they have fun with it. I know that the houseplants make the cats barf, but interestingly enough, I don’t find the grass does. Go figure?

My only concern with grass eating is when people starting putting all those chemicals on their lawns (which I hate). I make sure to keep the dogs off those surfaces so that they don’t get chem-paws, and so they don’t ingest the pesticides and other things that are just plain deadly.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Dogs

 

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Black and White Sunday: No Followers

I have 3 leaders and no followers. Well, I guess Mom is the follower. Maybe if I got a sled they would actually take me somewhere but knowing Sofie and Charles they would jump on and make Louise do all the work. Walking this trio is a blast. I use different colored leashes so that I can tell who’s where without having to look at the dog. Truthfully, I always know where Charles is, since his leash weighs about 1 ounce. Bark Out Loud. Have a colorful Sunday!

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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Dogs

 

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