Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Mom took my sisters to the Bryant Lake dog park last weekend. When Katie and I first came to the US, we went to the dog parks several times a week. Katie just loved meeting friends, and I tagged along. For many years, we even had a yearly pass for Three Rivers Parks as they are the best dog parks, in our opinion. As Katie got older, we stopped going. We have a yard to play in, and dog parks faded out of our lives.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Bailie and Madison are now discovering the fun like Katie and I used to have. Mom loves the Three Rivers parks because they are big and have walking trails. It is a great opportunity to practice some training off leash too. The small parks where people stand around are boring, and Mom wants to get some exercise at the dog park too, so we like ones where we can walk.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Recall is something Mom always works on at dog parks. She hides when we take off, we panic and have to find her. My sisters are new to this game, but are quick studies! Bailie was much better than Madison, and often was worried having lost Mom and Madison!

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Bailie has some dog park experience under her furs. We went with Katie a time or two, I went with Bailie, and she also went alone to work on some training and take photos. Mom realized as Katie got older, I really don’t like other dogs around me much, which is why I no longer go along. My sisters are both social butterflies as was Katie.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Madison likes to just take off running without thinking which makes Mom, our helicopter parent, nervous. She felt much better having Bailie along because she helped keep an eye on Madison at all times.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake It was a beautiful fall day, but still cool enough to keep the mud at bay. Nothing worse than getting all muddy and then hopping into the car.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Once Madison realizes she has lost her family, she sure can get up some speed to find Mom and Bailie! After 45 minutes at the dog park, both my sisters were happy to have some water, a cookie, and a nice nap at Gramma’s house!

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake It sounds like a trip to the dog park might be in the cards more often for my sisters. Mom may even get a yearly pass again. A dog park can be a great place to meet dogs and work on training, but one always needs to keep an eye on what is happening. Not every dog and owner are well behaved, and one needs to leave if trouble is brewing!

Last Day, Don’t Delay!

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My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Mom took my sisters to the Bryant Lake dog park last weekend. When Katie and I first came to the US, we went to the dog parks several times a week. Katie just loved meeting friends, and I tagged along. For many years, we even had a yearly pass for Three Rivers Parks as they are the best dog parks, in our opinion. As Katie got older, we stopped going. We have a yard to play in, and dog parks faded out of our lives.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Bailie and Madison are now discovering the fun like Katie and I used to have. Mom loves the Three Rivers parks because they are big and have walking trails. It is a great opportunity to practice some training off leash too. The small parks where people stand around are boring, and Mom wants to get some exercise at the dog park too, so we like ones where we can walk.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Recall is something Mom always works on at dog parks. She hides when we take off, we panic and have to find her. My sisters are new to this game, but are quick studies! Bailie was much better than Madison, and often was worried having lost Mom and Madison!

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Bailie has some dog park experience under her furs. We went with Katie a time or two, I went with Bailie, and she also went alone to work on some training and take photos. Mom realized as Katie got older, I really don’t like other dogs around me much, which is why I no longer go along. My sisters are both social butterflies as was Katie.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Madison likes to just take off running without thinking which makes Mom, our helicopter parent, nervous. She felt much better having Bailie along because she helped keep an eye on Madison at all times.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake It was a beautiful fall day, but still cool enough to keep the mud at bay. Nothing worse than getting all muddy and then hopping into the car.

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake Once Madison realizes she has lost her family, she sure can get up some speed to find Mom and Bailie! After 45 minutes at the dog park, both my sisters were happy to have some water, a cookie, and a nice nap at Gramma’s house!

My GBGV Life Discovering Dog Park Fun At Bryant Lake It sounds like a trip to the dog park might be in the cards more often for my sisters. Mom may even get a yearly pass again. A dog park can be a great place to meet dogs and work on training, but one always needs to keep an eye on what is happening. Not every dog and owner are well behaved, and one needs to leave if trouble is brewing!

Last Day, Don’t Delay!

Today is the last day to enter to win in the big Holiday Giveaway, don’t forget to enter to win!

Reminder to find and enter the secret word for today into the widget for the 4 Gifts for Pets Giveaway Extravaganza! If I were you, I would check on Twitter! #4giftssecretword

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A Perfect Walk

I love taking both dogs for a walk, even though they can be challenging, with Cricket’s constant stopping to smell, and Luke wanting to pull when his sister wants to stop. I don’t like leaving Cricket behind, but some days it’s just what I need. Yesterday was one of those days. The Dadz was home […]

I love taking both dogs for a walk, even though they can be challenging, with Cricket’s constant stopping to smell, and Luke wanting to pull when his sister wants to stop. I don’t like leaving Cricket behind, but some days it’s just what I need. Yesterday was one of those days. The Dadz was home […]

Chain Slip and Martingale Collars – Mighty Paw Review

Chain slip and martingale collars from Mighty Paw. We tried the chain slip collar and the chain martingale style which is a limited slip collar.

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Chain slip and martingale collars from Mighty Paw. We tried the chain slip collar and the chain martingale style which is a limited slip collar.

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How to Give Your Dog a Pill

Despite a lifetime of being a dedicated dog mom, one of my biggest tasks to perform is that of giving my dog a pill. If you know how to give your dog a pill without upsetting the dog or fretting over the process yourself, more power to you and we applaud you. If, however, you experience dread at the thought of how to get a pill into your dog without 25 pieces of ham or cream cheese, read on.

This post may contain affiliate links for which I earn a small income if you click through and purchase something on the links. Please see my disclosure policy for details.

How to give a dog a pill

How to Give Your Dog a Pill

There is a cartoon I stumbled upon in preparing for this piece that clearly summarizes, in jest, the secret weapon dogs have in their throats when it comes to pill swallowing.

funny dog

In all seriousness, I recently struggled with this very issue: Having to administer many medications to my dog due to his Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT) and acute pancreatitis, trying to get pills down in a stress-free manner proved challenging. The pain medication, Tramadol, provide particularly challenging due to its bitter taste.

Whenever you are prescribed medications for your dog, here is a list of questions to ask the vet as part one of the “how to give your dog a pill” process:

How many times a day is the pill to be given?
With or without food?
Any special time of day to administer the pill (day/night)?
Can the pill be crushed or split? (Sometimes medication can lose its efficacy if its original form is changed.)
When do I stop the medication?
Common side effects.
Urgent/less common side effects.
Does it come in a liquid form?

Cocker veterinarian

Pill Crushing

After confirming that the pill can be crushed, consider a pill crusher. Many times over the years, I’ve crushed pills with a crusher and sprinkled it into the dog’s food. Fortunately, my dogs never knew the pill was there. I even do this with my dog’s joint supplement since it is a bit of a huge pill.

Here are a few pill crushers we’ve used; different strokes for different folks, and everyone has a favorite:

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My personal favorite is the miniature mortar and pestle that easily crushes a pill to a powder:

The Great Dog Pill Disguise

I have personal experience with this dog pill administration hack: Buy empty gel caps and insert a nasty tasting or hard to administer tablet into it as long as your vet agrees and the empty gel cap fits the pill. Here’s an example of empty gel caps. I bought a box and had them on hand:

Pill Plunger

I learned of this contraption while perusing the aisles of pet supply stores and seeing it in action at a local veterinary hospital where my dog was recently an inpatient.  You load the pill inside the pill plunge, insert it towards the back of the dog’s throat, and press the plunger down to deliver the medication. You need to be very careful that you are holding the dog’s head properly, among other things. Keep reading. Here’s one such product:

Without Contraptions

If you want to give a pill and not use any fancy assistive devices, as indicated above, you can:

Hide the food in a piece of dog-friendly food, peanut butter without Xylitol, a piece of cheese, etc. Just be sure the food you administer won’t cause digestive upset. I tease my dog with the treat or food if the pill is not something I can crush due to veterinary orders. I tease at him, as in “what’s that Dexter, do you want to see what Mommy has Dexter?” And I do this in my fun, play, Snow White-sounding tone. Dexter’s curiosity is piqued and then I tease the food at him a second time, maybe getting closer. I finally move towards him and I give him the treat. It works for him. He thinks it is a game. As soon as he takes the food with the pill in it, I follow up with a second treat without a pill in it. Sometimes, Dex will spit the pill back out at me. And I cannot guarantee this will work for every dog every time. If you have two dogs or more, you might want to separate them for this activity so there is no jealousy and food lunging behaviors.

. Simply use your clean fingers to administer the pill in a calm, gentle way. Here’s a video to show how it’s done. I like this video because the veterinarian is calm, the dog is squirming, the situation is realistic, she offers a few ways to administer medication in different forms:

 

What Not to Do

According to Dr. Patricia McConnell, whom I adore, “The most common mistakes are to pull the dog’s head up too high (it should be horizontal to the ground) and/or to try to open the dog’s mouth too wide, which makes her begin to fight you because it is so uncomfortable.”

Never yell at, scream, nor physically hit a dog for not cooperating. In her book, It’s Me or the Dog famed positive reinforcement trainer and star of her own dog behavior show on Animal Planet, Victoria Stilwell, writes, “When you hit a dog, you teach him to fear you, break his trust, and you weaken his confidence. Insecure dogs are the ones who are more likely to lash out in an aggressive display.”

Dogs do have the capacity to love, feel, become depressed and get excited. Berating a dog or purposely upsetting him harms the dog in the long run. Be kind. Be positive. Don’t scare the dog.

Never force the dog. Never pin the dog down. This is contraindicated and will train the dog that whatever you are about to do is not good. Be a leader with love.

Final Pill Hacks

After administration of a pill to your dog, some other hacks include:

Blowing on your dog’s nose gently. I tend to just rub on the front of his nose near the nostrils, which produces a swallow.
Rub your hand very gently on your dog’s throat after pill administration. His swallow reflex will kick in.
Offer the dog some water. I’ve even given a few cc’s of water in a syringe afterwards if need be. I am super careful so that the dog does not cough or choke.

medicine versus mom

Medicine Versus Mom

Our blogging friend, Rachel Sheppard of My Kid Has Paws, is a former veterinary technician. In our ongoing series, Medicine Vs. Mom, we present a full-circle / two-sided approach to canine medical topics. Click here for Rachel’s take on dog pill administration.

Don’t Stop Now

Learning how to administer a pill to your dog can be done, if you are diligent, caring, gentle, and willing to be the best pet parent your dog knows you are. I’m headed to get the mortar and pestle out and do some some sprinkling of medication on my dog’s food.

Are you proficient in dog pill administration? What has or hasn’t worked for you? Bark at us in the comments below.

 Note:  This post contains affiliate links from Amazon, meaning if you click on a link above and then make a purchase, Fidose of Reality will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. You help us keep the site up and running and in exchange, you get to shop for items you love. Wags!

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Despite a lifetime of being a dedicated dog mom, one of my biggest tasks to perform is that of giving my dog a pill. If you know how to give your dog a pill without upsetting the dog or fretting over the process yourself, more power to you and we applaud you. If, however, you experience dread at the thought of how to get a pill into your dog without 25 pieces of ham or cream cheese, read on.

This post may contain affiliate links for which I earn a small income if you click through and purchase something on the links. Please see my disclosure policy for details.

How to give a dog a pill

How to Give Your Dog a Pill

There is a cartoon I stumbled upon in preparing for this piece that clearly summarizes, in jest, the secret weapon dogs have in their throats when it comes to pill swallowing.

funny dog

In all seriousness, I recently struggled with this very issue: Having to administer many medications to my dog due to his Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT) and acute pancreatitis, trying to get pills down in a stress-free manner proved challenging. The pain medication, Tramadol, provide particularly challenging due to its bitter taste.

Whenever you are prescribed medications for your dog, here is a list of questions to ask the vet as part one of the “how to give your dog a pill” process:

How many times a day is the pill to be given?
With or without food?
Any special time of day to administer the pill (day/night)?
Can the pill be crushed or split? (Sometimes medication can lose its efficacy if its original form is changed.)
When do I stop the medication?
Common side effects.
Urgent/less common side effects.
Does it come in a liquid form?

Cocker veterinarian

Pill Crushing

After confirming that the pill can be crushed, consider a pill crusher. Many times over the years, I’ve crushed pills with a crusher and sprinkled it into the dog’s food. Fortunately, my dogs never knew the pill was there. I even do this with my dog’s joint supplement since it is a bit of a huge pill.

Here are a few pill crushers we’ve used; different strokes for different folks, and everyone has a favorite:

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My personal favorite is the miniature mortar and pestle that easily crushes a pill to a powder:

The Great Dog Pill Disguise

I have personal experience with this dog pill administration hack: Buy empty gel caps and insert a nasty tasting or hard to administer tablet into it as long as your vet agrees and the empty gel cap fits the pill. Here’s an example of empty gel caps. I bought a box and had them on hand:

Pill Plunger

I learned of this contraption while perusing the aisles of pet supply stores and seeing it in action at a local veterinary hospital where my dog was recently an inpatient.  You load the pill inside the pill plunge, insert it towards the back of the dog’s throat, and press the plunger down to deliver the medication. You need to be very careful that you are holding the dog’s head properly, among other things. Keep reading. Here’s one such product:

Without Contraptions

If you want to give a pill and not use any fancy assistive devices, as indicated above, you can:

Hide the food in a piece of dog-friendly food, peanut butter without Xylitol, a piece of cheese, etc. Just be sure the food you administer won’t cause digestive upset. I tease my dog with the treat or food if the pill is not something I can crush due to veterinary orders. I tease at him, as in “what’s that Dexter, do you want to see what Mommy has Dexter?” And I do this in my fun, play, Snow White-sounding tone. Dexter’s curiosity is piqued and then I tease the food at him a second time, maybe getting closer. I finally move towards him and I give him the treat. It works for him. He thinks it is a game. As soon as he takes the food with the pill in it, I follow up with a second treat without a pill in it. Sometimes, Dex will spit the pill back out at me. And I cannot guarantee this will work for every dog every time. If you have two dogs or more, you might want to separate them for this activity so there is no jealousy and food lunging behaviors.

. Simply use your clean fingers to administer the pill in a calm, gentle way. Here’s a video to show how it’s done. I like this video because the veterinarian is calm, the dog is squirming, the situation is realistic, she offers a few ways to administer medication in different forms:

 

What Not to Do

According to Dr. Patricia McConnell, whom I adore, “The most common mistakes are to pull the dog’s head up too high (it should be horizontal to the ground) and/or to try to open the dog’s mouth too wide, which makes her begin to fight you because it is so uncomfortable.”

Never yell at, scream, nor physically hit a dog for not cooperating. In her book, It’s Me or the Dog famed positive reinforcement trainer and star of her own dog behavior show on Animal Planet, Victoria Stilwell, writes, “When you hit a dog, you teach him to fear you, break his trust, and you weaken his confidence. Insecure dogs are the ones who are more likely to lash out in an aggressive display.”

Dogs do have the capacity to love, feel, become depressed and get excited. Berating a dog or purposely upsetting him harms the dog in the long run. Be kind. Be positive. Don’t scare the dog.

Never force the dog. Never pin the dog down. This is contraindicated and will train the dog that whatever you are about to do is not good. Be a leader with love.

Final Pill Hacks

After administration of a pill to your dog, some other hacks include:

Blowing on your dog’s nose gently. I tend to just rub on the front of his nose near the nostrils, which produces a swallow.
Rub your hand very gently on your dog’s throat after pill administration. His swallow reflex will kick in.
Offer the dog some water. I’ve even given a few cc’s of water in a syringe afterwards if need be. I am super careful so that the dog does not cough or choke.

medicine versus mom

Medicine Versus Mom

Our blogging friend, Rachel Sheppard of My Kid Has Paws, is a former veterinary technician. In our ongoing series, Medicine Vs. Mom, we present a full-circle / two-sided approach to canine medical topics. Click here for Rachel’s take on dog pill administration.

Don’t Stop Now

Learning how to administer a pill to your dog can be done, if you are diligent, caring, gentle, and willing to be the best pet parent your dog knows you are. I’m headed to get the mortar and pestle out and do some some sprinkling of medication on my dog’s food.

Are you proficient in dog pill administration? What has or hasn’t worked for you? Bark at us in the comments below.

 Note:  This post contains affiliate links from Amazon, meaning if you click on a link above and then make a purchase, Fidose of Reality will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. You help us keep the site up and running and in exchange, you get to shop for items you love. Wags!

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Love And Appreciate The Naughty On Your List

Love And Appreciate The Naughty On Your ListIn the roughly four years Bailie has lived with us, she has taught us how to love and appreciate the naughty dogs on the Christmas list! Bailie is so carefree, and loving. She goes through life having fun with no regrets. Sometimes after she shreds another pillow or bed, we wonder about her, but you know what? Bailie is the happiest girl around, and even when she is naughty, she does no real harm, so “naughty on”, little sis! At this point we don’t think she will ever change and we love her as is!

Psssttt…remember to look for the daily bonus secret word for the 4 Gifts Giveaway! Hint…check Instagram #4giftssecretword

Don’t forget to enter the Paws and Santa Claws Holiday Giveaway! Don’t put it off as it ends tomorrow night!

Today, I’m joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop sponsored by BlogPaws! Don’t forget to stop by and visit some new blogs for fun!

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Love And Appreciate The Naughty On Your ListIn the roughly four years Bailie has lived with us, she has taught us how to love and appreciate the naughty dogs on the Christmas list! Bailie is so carefree, and loving. She goes through life having fun with no regrets. Sometimes after she shreds another pillow or bed, we wonder about her, but you know what? Bailie is the happiest girl around, and even when she is naughty, she does no real harm, so “naughty on”, little sis! At this point we don’t think she will ever change and we love her as is!

Psssttt…remember to look for the daily bonus secret word for the 4 Gifts Giveaway! Hint…check Instagram #4giftssecretword

Don’t forget to enter the Paws and Santa Claws Holiday Giveaway! Don’t put it off as it ends tomorrow night!

Today, I’m joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop sponsored by BlogPaws! Don’t forget to stop by and visit some new blogs for fun!

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Why Does My Dog Greet Me With a Toy?

One of the most lovable behaviors of our dog Sally was her affection for her stuffed bear. When we first brought her home as an eight week old puppy, we gave her a stuffed bear that was about the same size of her for comfort. She became attached to that bear from the very beginning. She slept with it, snuggled it and as she grew bigger and was able to, she would carry it in her mouth everywhere.   Over the years Sally had many other toys, stuffed animals, balls, squeaky toys, frisbees, etc. But “Bear” was always her favorite. It was the one she went to for comfort.     Sally was the type of dog who would always great us at the door when we returned home and usually she would grab the first toy she could find on her way to the door. But, if we were away for several days, just any toy wouldn’t do and she would scamper around the house looking for Bear so that we would get a proper greeting I guess. It was very sweet.   My dog Max would carry toys around with her when she was pregnant and she would bring the toys – particularly a green squeaky frog – into her whelping bed with the puppies.   Tino didn’t carry them around the house, but he would carry them outside and scatter them around the yard. I think his plan was to bury them, but he only did that on occasion.   Neither Jack or Maggie do this – they rarely play with toys at all and show no preference or have a ‘favorite’.   Why do dogs do this? Why do the carry toys to greet us, or just carry them around and whine?   It’s thought that it’s related to what dogs value – they value these toys and want to offer them to you as a gift, to share them with you. Or they may want to find a safe place for them so they can return to them later – much the same as what they do with bones.   Either explanation makes sense to me.   How about you – does your dog carry toys around with them?  

One of the most lovable behaviors of our dog Sally was her affection for her stuffed bear. When we first brought her home as an eight week old puppy, we gave her a stuffed bear that was about the same size of her for comfort. She became attached to that bear from the very beginning. She slept with it, snuggled it and as she grew bigger and was able to, she would carry it in her mouth everywhere.   Over the years Sally had many other toys, stuffed animals, balls, squeaky toys, frisbees, etc. But “Bear” was always her favorite. It was the one she went to for comfort.     Sally was the type of dog who would always great us at the door when we returned home and usually she would grab the first toy she could find on her way to the door. But, if we were away for several days, just any toy wouldn’t do and she would scamper around the house looking for Bear so that we would get a proper greeting I guess. It was very sweet.   My dog Max would carry toys around with her when she was pregnant and she would bring the toys – particularly a green squeaky frog – into her whelping bed with the puppies.   Tino didn’t carry them around the house, but he would carry them outside and scatter them around the yard. I think his plan was to bury them, but he only did that on occasion.   Neither Jack or Maggie do this – they rarely play with toys at all and show no preference or have a ‘favorite’.   Why do dogs do this? Why do the carry toys to greet us, or just carry them around and whine?   It’s thought that it’s related to what dogs value – they value these toys and want to offer them to you as a gift, to share them with you. Or they may want to find a safe place for them so they can return to them later – much the same as what they do with bones.   Either explanation makes sense to me.   How about you – does your dog carry toys around with them?  

Hungry No More: Best Automatic Dog Feeder (2017 Selections)

There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of work to take care of your pets. From brushing them, to bathing them, to feeding them on time, you have to devote a large portion of your life to ensure your dog, cat, or other pet’s safety.And that’s how it should be – I won’t argue […]

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There’s no doubt that it takes a lot of work to take care of your pets. From brushing them, to bathing them, to feeding them on time, you have to devote a large portion of your life to ensure your dog, cat, or other pet’s safety.And that’s how it should be – I won’t argue […]

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