July 1st, 2011
It’s been a hectic few days/weeks, hence the lack of posts, but don’t fear! Gizmo has not ceased to exist :) Last Sunday we went on a 6 mile hike with my friend and her husband who were visiting from Boston. The picture was taken toward the end of the hike. He’s quite a hiker-dog though! He loves it! He was jumping over logs and fallen branches, hopping over rocks, climbing up boulders, trudging through little streams cutting through the trail (though that last part took some convincing. Still not a water dog). He survived the whole hike. Anyone think Gizmo will be climbing Mt. Everest by summer next year?
In the doggie-age-milestone area, he’s lifting his leg more consistently now when peeing. Still a little off on his balance, but he’s figuring it out :)

It’s been a hectic few days/weeks, hence the lack of posts, but don’t fear! Gizmo has not ceased to exist :) Last Sunday we went on a 6 mile hike with my friend and her husband who were visiting from Boston. The picture was taken toward the end of the hike. He’s quite a hiker-dog though! He loves it! He was jumping over logs and fallen branches, hopping over rocks, climbing up boulders, trudging through little streams cutting through the trail (though that last part took some convincing. Still not a water dog). He survived the whole hike. Anyone think Gizmo will be climbing Mt. Everest by summer next year?

In the doggie-age-milestone area, he’s lifting his leg more consistently now when peeing. Still a little off on his balance, but he’s figuring it out :)

June 22nd, 2011
I love how he looks like he’s smoking a cigar.
BTW… he now looks forward to going on walks. No more dragging him down the driveway! Lets hope we don’t go through the walking-refusal-phase ever again.

I love how he looks like he’s smoking a cigar.

BTW… he now looks forward to going on walks. No more dragging him down the driveway! Lets hope we don’t go through the walking-refusal-phase ever again.

May 31st, 2011

Answers about walking:

cnnclb answered: Does he pull on the leash, or does he walk on a loose leash?

He typically walks next to me on a loose leash, looking up at me for praise (I tell him all the time if he’s a good boy while walking). He pulls if he sees a person, dog, leaf, stick, anything he wants. The halti-harness (not the kind that goes over the muzzle, the kind that clips in the front) helps with that.

myaskewview answered: walking on pavement or grass? pavement stays hot for a long time - could be burning his feeties.  ? my boston and i just walk in grass.

I guess he could’ve burnt his feet on one of the walks. We walk on the sidewalks, which are white and not as hot as the asphalt, never on the street unless we’re crossing, but if he burnt his paws once it could’ve still been healing and he didn’t want to go again. Last time we tried walking was Saturday morning, before it got a chance to warm up, but if he was still in pain that could be a reason. We’ll wait a few days and see if he walks again. We did try “walking” in the backyard afterwards and he was okay with that. Unless it’s the weekend (I don’t have time to walk him most weekday mornings), I’ll just have to make sure he gets enough exercise in the backyard, which with a Boston puppy is not that difficult to do.

May 28th, 2011
Gizmo is refusing to go on walks. It has been hot  outside, which is why I waited until after the sun went down (but was  still light outside) to go on a walk - in fact it cooled down enough I  brought a light hoodie with me.
We made it to the end of our neighbor’s house and he stopped.  Then we backtracked to go the other way, made it to the end of our other  neighbor’s house, he stopped again. I tried offering him treats, I  clicked when he’d come my way, then he’d stop again. He is not a very  food-motivated dog, so treats rarely work as lures. In fact, if he’s  really stubborn about something, he doesn’t want one at all.
Also, I know it’s not the harness because he has no problem wearing it all day. In fact he doesn’t even notice it’s on.
This  is driving me crazy! We can’t spend all summer not walking… Any clues  or thoughts as to either why he’s gone on strike or how to get him to  move?

Gizmo is refusing to go on walks. It has been hot outside, which is why I waited until after the sun went down (but was still light outside) to go on a walk - in fact it cooled down enough I brought a light hoodie with me.

We made it to the end of our neighbor’s house and he stopped. Then we backtracked to go the other way, made it to the end of our other neighbor’s house, he stopped again. I tried offering him treats, I clicked when he’d come my way, then he’d stop again. He is not a very food-motivated dog, so treats rarely work as lures. In fact, if he’s really stubborn about something, he doesn’t want one at all.

Also, I know it’s not the harness because he has no problem wearing it all day. In fact he doesn’t even notice it’s on.

This is driving me crazy! We can’t spend all summer not walking… Any clues or thoughts as to either why he’s gone on strike or how to get him to move?

May 24th, 2011
We went for a short walk during lunch, and since today is much warmer than it has been for the past few days, as soon as we got back to our cool shady front lawn, someone decided to lie down and play dead.

We went for a short walk during lunch, and since today is much warmer than it has been for the past few days, as soon as we got back to our cool shady front lawn, someone decided to lie down and play dead.

May 18th, 2011
Now that Gizmo is in super-teething mode, he’s gone nuts. Now he is actually working through the bully sticks that at first were just slightly chewed. He keeps trying to get to the shoes. Extension cords. Clothing. Training is extremely difficult, as food doesn’t even distract him. While he had a short attention span before, it is really short now. I’m lucky if I get 5 minutes out of him. And walking… he is really difficult to walk now. Pulling, running around in circles, trying to pick up every leaf, stick and piece of trash he can find. He even tried to get the pebbles out of the old, worn down, concrete sidewalk (which was pretty funny). Solution? I give him a stick to hold/chew as we walk. Every now and then he drops it, but we pick it up again and keep going. At least that way, I no longer look like a madwoman with an out-of-control pup.

Now that Gizmo is in super-teething mode, he’s gone nuts. Now he is actually working through the bully sticks that at first were just slightly chewed. He keeps trying to get to the shoes. Extension cords. Clothing. Training is extremely difficult, as food doesn’t even distract him. While he had a short attention span before, it is really short now. I’m lucky if I get 5 minutes out of him. And walking… he is really difficult to walk now. Pulling, running around in circles, trying to pick up every leaf, stick and piece of trash he can find. He even tried to get the pebbles out of the old, worn down, concrete sidewalk (which was pretty funny). Solution? I give him a stick to hold/chew as we walk. Every now and then he drops it, but we pick it up again and keep going. At least that way, I no longer look like a madwoman with an out-of-control pup.

April 28th, 2011
We went on our first real walk today! It was actually two walks: a short (1/4 mile) walk after I got home from work, and then a mile after dinner. He was awesome! The whole time he was heeling, occasionally looking up at me when I told him he was being a good boy. He waited patiently every time we stopped to check for cars before crossing the street. We came across our neighbor and his german shepherd Duchess, and Gizmo tried to play with her but she wasn’t in the mood. This is progress! A few weeks ago he was extremely fearful of bigger dogs and never would have approached one, let alone try to play.
He was so very happy, trotting proudly, finally outside the confines of our yard. If I could really show you how happy he was, I would.
PS. Yes, his other ear is now up. That didn’t take long at all…
Update: The ear didn’t stay up. False alarm.

We went on our first real walk today! It was actually two walks: a short (1/4 mile) walk after I got home from work, and then a mile after dinner. He was awesome! The whole time he was heeling, occasionally looking up at me when I told him he was being a good boy. He waited patiently every time we stopped to check for cars before crossing the street. We came across our neighbor and his german shepherd Duchess, and Gizmo tried to play with her but she wasn’t in the mood. This is progress! A few weeks ago he was extremely fearful of bigger dogs and never would have approached one, let alone try to play.

He was so very happy, trotting proudly, finally outside the confines of our yard. If I could really show you how happy he was, I would.

PS. Yes, his other ear is now up. That didn’t take long at all…

Update: The ear didn’t stay up. False alarm.