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So impressed by my clients

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (0)
I was just reflecting on the care, love and time all my clients put into their dogs both young and old.
 
All my clients seem so responsible and dedicated to their pets.  For example, I have two puppy clients which sit and wait better than lots of much older dogs. Other clients have rescue dogs and show such a commitment to their rehabilitation where others would have given up, and others still that are really responsible socially with their dog (a gorgeous girl who signs "woohoo" when I arrive).  Others are spent 1000's on vet bills.  The list goes on. 
 
I wish all dogs experienced this level of care, attention and time.
 
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It's puppy time

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)
We have very much enjoyed the care of a gorgeous young labrador.  She is delightful, cute and very clever.  On our first visit she responed very quickly to clicker training and has learnt to wave when I wiggle my finger.  Adorable especially with her chunky puppy paws.  By the second visit, she has again very quickly demonstrated a perfect walk to heel.   Well done pup :)
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The girls are laying

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM Comments comments (0)
After a few days of dry cat food crumbled in with their feed the girls are laying again.  Not sure if it's a coincidence but next year I will be giving them cat food immediately following the moult.
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positive comments towards my clients' dog from other dog owners

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM Comments comments (0)
On two seperate occasions today, owners of two different dogs I was walking have received really positive comments from other dog walkers.
 
One dog owner was praised by a fellow dog owner for opting for her dog to wear a muzzle.  I explained that this particular dog is such a sweet dog but has an unpredictable nature with "bouncy" dogs.  Rather than risk an incident the owner very wisely uses a soft muzzle when her dog is likely to come into contact with others, such as in the park, woods etc. The person was saying how commendable and responsible it is and he wished everyone would do the same.
 
The second owner was praised due to the puppy's off lead recall, general training and socialisation.  The puppy is only around 23 weeks old and already surpasses lots of other dogs in terms of his recall.  I explained that the owner has put in a lot of work into the puppy and one of the other dog owners said "well, it certainly shows".
 
Very proud moments and it's lovely to be able to pass those comments on the owners.
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Cat food for the chickens

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (0)
After moulting our hens haven't restarted laying and it's been quite a while now.  The production of feathers after the moult puts extra demands on their bodies, they cease laying as feather production is more of a necessity than egg production.  Normally, this spontaneously restarts but ours hasn't.  I really don't want to buy supermarket eggs as even the free range eggs look weirdly uniform.  So I need to stimulate their laying.  I don't want to go down the artificial lighting route as that seems a little too intense for our girls. After a little research it seems that a little extra protein in the form of cat food (very high in protein) might be enough to give them a boost.
Cat food for the chooks starts tomorrow...... 
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Laughing dogs

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (0)
A really enjoyable walk with our young pup client and my own dog.  The puppy really loves Sunshine and the feeling is mutual.
They were playing with each other in the woods today and it was lovely to watch them grinning at each other and I could actually hear them making noises that was really similar to laughing.
Lovely when dogs are a well socialised from a early age like this.
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House Rabbit Guest

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM Comments comments (0)
We are really enjoying the company of our house rabbit guest.  We have slowly built up a trusting relationship with him and he continues to enjoy a stress free home from home experience.
He enjoys watching tv with us and we like it too.  His owners very sweetly left him a christmas present.  We opened it for him on Christmas Day with our own, so he has had a couple of christmas treats but not too many!
 
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Positive comments from people in the park

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)
I was really proud and pleased today when I was walking one of my special needs dog's today.  A local man who we pass whilst out walking every now and again, stopped to comment on the dog in question and was full of praise for the changes in the dog.  He said how much the dog had improved since I started walking him and how noticeable the changes in the dog's behaviour are.
 
This was very welcome praise indeed and I was over the moon that all these little changes are coming together.  The obvious bonus is a much happier dog. 
 
It is also very nice when other people in the park understand a dog wearing a muzzle might have special needs and just need a little more space and understanding than the average dog.
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Client Christmas present shopping complete

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM Comments comments (0)
I had fun today choosing client Christmas presents, thinking about the likes and dislikes of each pet.  Great fun, I can't wait to deliver them, which will be sooner rather than later as my own pet is showing a lot of interest in them.
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The cold weather is here - water watch

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)
When checking your outdoor animals please ensure that your animal has adequate protection from the cold and wind.
Remember that access to fresh water is vital for their health and welfare.  Even if you have insulated bottle protectors make sure that the drip nozzle isn't frozen.  I routinely check ours twice a day.
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