Santa Came Early This Year at our house. Oh no, wait, it’s Kilo, the fit black pug, in his beautiful red winter dog jacket.
With the brutal cold, wind and snow I have been trying all his dog jackets, sweaters and even his pumpkin costume to keep Kilo warm so we can walk (we usually do 5 short fast walks a day). I also got him smart new blue Top Paw boots as his red plastic balloon-like ones he had did not seem to fit or protect well. Disaster. He hates the boots even more than the clothes and removes them immediately.
Kilo has made it very clear he would rather skip and go naked. He pretended he could not walk at all in his red coat and looked up for divine intervention. He then tried to take off like a bullet after another dog, so we realized he was faking. Santa did come early and I went and bought him a new 20 foot leash (inspired by a post last week on this hop) so he can really run naked in the park where safe and not get so cold or disappear. He loved the freedom and seemed to generate enough heat!
I also bought him some new extra tough ToyShoppe toys without stuffing and a Rudolph with a plastic bottle inside to play games inside. He loves chewing smaller soft toys and it relaxes him, but he worries them until he takes out the stuffing which worries me, so I thought I’d give these a try. So far a huge success.
We tried agility again this week, but there were lots of distractions and our favourite trainer was away. Kilo still did really well considering. He also learned to walk on two legs and a few other behaviours.
Today we are off to the vet for a check up to make sure we have not put on too much weight with all the positive training and treats. We will also be discussing medication for anxiety/reactivity as it might help Kilo be a happier healthier dog in combination with the therapy, training, exercise, massage and other things we are doing.
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