Watch What Happens When These Dogs Hear the Word “Walk”
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Spring is finally here! It’s time to break out those leashes because your dog is ready to stroll around the neighborhood. It’s no secret dogs love to go on walks; for many, even the word excites them! Don’t believe it? Watch these videos of dogs that just can’t contain their excitement.
1. Jump for joy!
This Boxer really “Springs” into action when his guardian asks if he wants to go on a walk!
Posted by ChillMaza.
2. This is his happy dance
Chance may seem prim and proper at first, but when he hears the word “outside,” he loses it in the cutest way!
Posted by CutiesNFuzzies.
3. We need to talk
Bella thinks she’s in for a very serious talk, but watch what happens when she realizes she gets to go on a walk!
Posted by Gabriela Mansilla Cevallos.
4. We got a tap dancer over here
Jake appears out of nowhere when he hears the word walk and then shows off his tap dancing skills in excitement!
Posted by Killer3James.
5. “The call of the leash”
When Skylar, the Golden Retriever, hears the clicking of her leash, she knows what time it is!
Posted by Kirk Kelly.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
CANINE INTERVENTION: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
Opening Shot: Closeups of dogs’ faces. Jas Leverette says in voice over, “Dogs are complex creatures with complex emotions. They feel joy, hurt, fear and love.”
The Gist: Leverette owns Cali K9 in San Jose, and he’s considered one of the best dog trainers in California. He’s the trainer that owners look to when their dogs are on their last chances. He trains dogs that have been considered vicious due to previous attacks on people and other dogs in many cases, Jas is the owners’ last hope that their beloved pets don’t get euthanized.
In the first episode, Leverette goes to Malibu to train a 2-year-old pit bull named Lady Macbeth. She used to live on the streets of Los Angeles with her person, but six months prior her person was shot and so was she, causing her to lose one of her front legs. She has a new owner, but her aggressiveness has caused her to bite three houseguests. This is because, due to her history, she perceives new people who walk in the house as a threat to her person.
Leverette demonstrates how scared Lady is by standing his ground when she lunges instead of running. He determines that she’ll have to come back with him to San Jose for 3 weeks in order to be taught how to substitute the fear with a dopamine response. He slowly teaches her how to react when unknown distractions invade her space, generally by pulling on her leach and saying “NO!” immediately. Then he introduces a new trainer into the mix.
But what we find out from Leverette is that the case of Lady is near to his heart. Growing up in Oakland, his dogs always had his back he had to put down one of his dogs, Sinbad, when he killed another dog. “I had no idea what to do” to curb Sinbad’s aggression, and he learned over time that not only does he need to get into a dog’s head and figure out what scares him or her and try to train him or her how to avoid those thoughts, but also how to train the owners to set expectations and know how to work with their dogs to help them navigate the world.
What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Canine Intervention has the feel of shows like Pit Boss, but more serious, with higher stakes and less reality BS.
Our Take: Jas Leverette is the centerpiece of Canine Intervention, and his unique view of how dogs think and feel comes through from the first minutes of the series. But what we appreciated about the series is that he’s trying to train at-risk dogs, ones that are facing being euthanized if Jas isn’t successful.
The dogs are just as important to the success of the show as Jas is, however. Jas and the dog’s owners have to convey that these beloved pets are not vicious and that their aggressiveness is due to traumas that can be corrected. What we wish the series, at least in the first episode, showed more of was Leverette’s training methods and the ups and downs he and the dogs experience along the way.
When he brings Lady back to his owner, for instance, he warns that she’s always going to be a work in progress and the owner needs to be mindful of that. We wish that some of that work in progress was seen on screen, so instead of just hearing from Jas that there’s still more work to do, we see that.
The other thing we’re worried about is that Leverette’s clients are going to all be wealthy or upper middle-class. We’re hoping that he varies the people whose dogs he helps the guy in Malibu, for instance, not only had to pay for Jas’ services, but likely a hotel for him to stay overnight, and kennel fees for Lady to stay at Cali K9 for three weeks. If Jas’ services are truly the last hope for some dogs, we would like to see him offer his training to dogs who don’t have wealthy owners.
Parting Shot: Lady’s owner says “She’s kind of a real-life miracle. What a turnaround story,” as he jogs down the street with her.
Sleeper Star: We just went “awwwwwww!” every time Lady Macbeth jogged around onscreen. She has very quickly gotten used to running around on three legs.
Most Pilot-y Line: None.
Our Call: STREAM IT. Canine Intervention is a feel-good show where we see dogs get past their aggressive behaviors because they’re trained by someone who not only cares, but knows canine emotions as well as any human we’ve seen.
10 Signs Your Pet Is Visiting You From The Afterlife
Dog standing on a magical lighted trail path. Photo from Lars Nissen on pixabay.com
Dogs for Fitness Buffs
If you love the great outdoors, you probably want a canine companion that shares your joy. Just about every dog loves to get out and about, but breeds that adore long daily walks or vigorous exercise tend to be medium-large breeds, including Labrador retreivers, Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, Irish and English setters, Weimaraners, Border collies, most pointers, German shepherds, and Dalmatians.
More women find the perfect man in their dogs
Sept. 19, 2007 11:34 PM
I was talking to a girlfriend on the phone the other day when the love of her life sauntered into the room.
"Hey, you," she cooed. "How's my boy? How's my big handsome boy?"
I pulled the phone away from my ear as she and her "big handsome boy" began furiously making out, huge wet slurping kisses punctuated by her giggles and his low growls of animal pleasure.
"Come on!" I yelled after a few minutes. "I'm talking here."
"Sorry," my friend said, but I could tell we'd reached the end of any kind of intelligent conversation. I could picture her on the other end of the line, staring moony-eyed at her special guy -- his tousled brown hair, his deep golden eyes, his four hairy legs.
That's right. Like many single women these days, my friend Michelle is madly in love with her dog.
Not that there's anything wrong with loving your pets (or companions or special furry friends or whatever you prefer to call the animules in your life). I still get a little moony whenever I think of Toby, the stout-hearted Samoyed we had when I was growing up. Not only was Toby loyal and true (that dog carried around more secrets than my diary), he always had a big smile waiting for me every time I trudged home from a hard day of square ball and social studies.
But the relationship between Michelle and her Buddy -- heck, between a lot of single women and their dogs -- seemed to transcend the normal pet-owner boundaries.
Forget about men being dogs. These days, dogs have become men.
But don't take my word for it, just read the news. Leona Helmsley, single after the death of her husband in 1997, left $12 million to the one individual in her life who truly understood and appreciated her -- a snap-happy Maltese by the name of Trouble. (By comparison, the chauffeur got $100,000 and two of her grandkids got zilch).
Or go down to the local bookstore, where you'll find an ever-growing pile of books like "Why Dogs Are Better Than Men," "Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives," and "Why I'd Rather Date My Dog."
"Dogs never become bored with you," writes "Date My Dog" author Nancy Furstinger, who owns three rescued dogs, Jolly, Lacy Whirligig and Splash Kisser (I guess there's no rescuing them from those names). "A dog entering his middle years won't abandon you for a younger, trophy mistress."
But loyalty is just the tip of the chew toy when it comes to the appeal of the four-legged boyfriend. There's also the whole companionship-without-complaint thing.
Look around and you'll see women exercising with their dogs, shopping with their dogs, dining with them, even dancing with them. These happy couples are going to cocktail parties together, hanging out at fashion shows and Frisbee competitions. According to the Seattle Humane Society Web site, they're even "deepening their bond" with doggie yoga -- otherwise known as doga.
Need a date for the company picnic or the family reunion? Chances are the guy you've been seeing for three weeks (or three years) will start whining the minute he hears the words green bean casserole. But your dog will gleefully head off to play trust-building exercises with your socially challenged co-workers or sit through hours of conspiracy theory with your dysfunctional relatives without snarling or snapping at you once.
Shameless suck-ups that they are, dogs are willing to do all kinds of things men find completely aggravating. You can dress them up in fabulous new outfits (hoodies! puffy vests! tutus!), you can put all kinds of product in their hair (hair gel, bows, tiaras). You can snuggle with them on the couch for hours on end, and should the need arise, you can -- "Bad dog! Bad, bad dog!" -- castrate them, verbally and otherwise.
Truth is, dogs have your back. Gain 5 pounds -- or 50 -- and Bandit won't say a word. Call Buster's mom a bitch and he'll just grin. Forget to shave your legs and Bijou will love you all the more.
With all that patience, companionship and unconditional love, who can blame women for falling for these scruffy soul mates? But as Janeane Garofalo once said in "The Truth About Cats & Dogs," there's loving your pets and then there's loooooving your pets.
"Some women are really into their dogs," said Elise Vincentini, owner of the Downtown Dog Lounge, when I told her about my friend Michelle. "I see a lot of kissing and a lot of hugging, primarily between single women and their dogs. And some of them are like, My dog sleeps on my bed and if a guy doesn't like that, he doesn't spend the night.'"
Talk about displacement. How did all this heavy petting get started?
"I got my first dog when I was going through a breakup," Elise told me. "I was so devastated I thought, Fine, I'll just get a dog.' And as it turned out, I ended up much happier. I think that's what happens with a lot of women."
I guess it's the same old story, when you think about it. Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl gets dumped by boy, then boy's so-called best friend swoops in for the rebound.
Only in this case, the rebound relationship goes on for years and years and, outside of the occasional leg humping or mongrel make-out session, there's no sex. Instead, it's all about long walks on the beach, snuggling together in front of the fire, doing (then doo-dooing) The New York Times crossword puzzle.
If I didn't know better, I'd almost think dogs had been taking notes all these years, maybe even swapping tips on good and bad boyfriend behavior during their weekly poker games.
"Make her feel safe," I can hear them muttering to each other. "Laugh at all her jokes, even the corny ones. Sure, you'd rather be outside chasing squirrels than inside looking at window treatments online, but you've got to think about the bigger picture. Hot dogs! T-bone steak! Belly rubs! The bed!"
But even though guys may start to feel as if their best friend is out to get them (along with their girl and that really comfortable spot on the couch), I don't think they need to worry about being kicked to the curb quite yet. I just got a call from Michelle. Not only has her dog given her his complete love and devotion, he's given her fleas.