Monday, October 20, 2014

PEDs: 4-Foot Leashes

It's no secret that the Eriesistibull household uses and loves 4-foot leashes.  So much in fact, we implemented it as a rule for our pack walks.

As our group is growing (and man have we seen a ton of new faces the past couple weeks -- welcome!), more dogs and their personalities are joining our group.  We're also reaching more people from our target group, reactive dog owners.

We thankfully have never had an issue, but we also want to make sure that it stays that way.  It's all about setting our dogs (and ourselves!) up for success, and so this summer we implemented a 4-foot leash rule to assist in this.  So far, none of our members have seemed to mind the switch and a few have even permanently switched to 4-footers!

Do you use a 4-foot leash?  What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Little Victories

We've been walking the dogs a lot lately.  Between the additional exercise, lots of practice, and the opportunity for us humans to notice, Edison has made a ton of progress in walking.

Living with a reactive dog, you learn to embrace the little things (and develop a mantra!) in order to get through some days.

We rejoice in walks where Edison comes across his least favorite dog breed (shelties -- those eyes!) and only pulls -- okay a little lunging! -- but doesn't have a meltdown and comes right back to focus.

Or the walks when a bicycle rides right past us without so much as a glade in its direction.  Or when we chat with a stranger in passing and Edison doesn't jump on them.

What are your dogs' little victories?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

3rd Gotcha Day!

Three years ago today, we brought home a monster puppy. A dog that would pull our arms out of our sockets on walks, mouth our arms until they were black and blue, and destrthing in his path.

Over the past three years, we have worked hard to help this crazy puppy learn. We've worked to help him learn to relax and we have been rewarded with a dog who is the best snuggler We've worked to help him understand the pleasure of a leisurely walk and have been rewarded with an awesome walking buddy.  We have worked to help him look to us when he faces something new and have been rewarded with a dog focused on his owners.

The road hasn't been smooth with this guy, but it's all been so, SO worth it.

Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Edison!

Monday, September 29, 2014

PEDs: Exercise Benefits

We've written about the benefits of our weekly dog walks for our pooches, but we don't always talk about the great benefits for the human end of the leash.  There is the obvious human socialization taking place, but one of the other things that we love is the exercise benefit.  

Many of us in Erie have some type of yard, so it's easy to let the pooches play-exercise.  Of course, this is no help for us humans!  Our one-hour, two-mile weekly walks are an easy way to kick-start a walking habit.  Some of our members need the confidence to get started with their pooches.  During the brutal winter months, our pack walks may be some of our only walks with our dogs!

Do you regularly walk your dog?  What helps you get out there?

Monday, September 22, 2014

PEDs: No Judgment Zone

As the owner of a reactive dog, it can sometimes be overwhelming when Edison has a bad day.

We're constantly wondering if people are judging us as dog owners, Edison, or worse, his breed.

That's why we work so hard to foster a judgment-free zone at our pack walks.  Our dog owners know they can come with whatever they are working on and not worry what other pack members think.  Even better -- they'll know what they are thinking: that they are a responsible dog owner working hard to improve their dog.

Do you ever feel judged?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Releasing the Beast

It's no secret that we are huge proponents of the crate.  Both of our dogs take to it (fairly) well, and they even know the command "go to bed."  But of course, we always feel a bit bad having them cooped up all day, especially on days when we come home late and can't come home at lunch.

Our favorite lunchtime activity

While we know Tesla would sleep all day if left out, we also know she would poop and pee in the house 5 minutes after we left.  We always assumed that if we left Edi out, we'd come home to a house of shambles.

But after my sister was in town and we saw how relaxed he was after a day out of the crate, we couldn't help but think about how nice it would be to come home to a relaxed dog!  So much so, we tested out the waters by leaving Edison home out of his crate for 15 minutes during a grocery run...and he didn't even eat any thing!

Do you crate your dog?  Any guilty feelings about it?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Having had Edison around the past 3 years, we've grown in many ways.

Most of this growth is through necessity.  After some of Edi's antics, it is all we can do not to kill him.

So we've come up with this mantra when this happens: "If you don't laugh, you cry."

This way instead of getting mad, we take a moment and think about how funny the situation actually is.

How do you deal emotionally when your pooches act up?