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Woof! Hello you guys! It's been a while since I've written anything. Mommy has been busy with so many other stuff and it was winter which means she was in hibernation mode.

Luckily summer is almost here. Well at least on our side of the planet.
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Ruff! Hello, my fluffies! Humans wear clothes and in recent years there's been a trend in doggie clothing.

I'm not really sure who came up with it, but dogs are people too so I guess it's normal that they wear clothes. 

Mommy put a sweater on me once. Once! I ate through it. She won't make that mistake again. Grrr!
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Dog Table Manners - How to Eat Properly Ruff! Hello, my fluffy pack! As your future queen, I've had to learn how to eat properly. Dog table manners go hand in hand with queendom.

I can tell you now already that Buffy did not teach me eating skills. He eats like an animal! You'd think since domestication that our species would have been more civilized by now, but nope.

Snowy also eats like Buffy so I'm assuming it's an epidemic. Humans aren't too worried about eating properly either. Food falling on the floor is proof of this.

Let's look at how you can improve your eating skills.

Basic dining etiquette for dogs

1. Chew your food

You'd think this one is obvious but it's not. Buffy swallows his food whole. I wish I was kidding.

Mommy has to mince his food like a baby or else it gets stuck in his throat. How hard is it to chew? Geez!

Teeth are not just for threatening the human, it's used for chewing food too. Use it!

2. Take breaks between mouthfuls

I know it's tempting to eat all your food up without stopping but it's a bad idea. Mommy has to make sure Buffy doesn't choke because of swallowing too much food at once.

It's the only time he gets yelled at. Mr. Cant-do-wrong has bad eating habits. Finally a skill I can teach him!

Buffy eating Fluffy's food
Buffy eating my food in front of me
Taking a breather is advisable. I take my time and eat slowly. Renza mommy says I eat like a lady. I'm a Queen! Get the title right human!

3. Eat up all your food

Leaving leftovers is a big no-no. Well with one exception. If it's that dried junk mommy gives us then you can leave leftovers.

That's the only food Buffy chews so we get a lot of it. A lot! This is why point nr. 1 is so important.

If you don't chew, the human will give you more dried food because it's not as yummy and they know you'll chew it so that it goes down easier.

This spiral effect must be avoided. If you find yourself in a situation where you've been getting just dried food then don't worry. Just go on a food strike.

I've been on a few strikes so I know how effective they are in getting what you want.

A food strike is where you have to refuse to eat.

I know it's hard but it's worth it. When the human starts wondering why you're not eating, all your favorite dishes will suddenly appear out of nowhere.

It depends on you if you're willing to hold out for the good stuff. Humans are slow and lazy. You might have to wait a while.

4. Bowls are optional

Look! Personally, I can eat food off anything. The ground, mommy's hand, a chair, a mat. Anything! Bowls aren't necessary.

Fluffy discussing empty food bowl
Discussing empty bowl with mommy

Unfortunately, the humans prefer bowl eating so it's something that's expected of us. Luckily I only listen sometimes or else floor food will get wasted.

We all know to waste food is a doggy sin. The 5-second rule does not exist!

5. Smell before eating

Not everything is yummy or eatable. I've done some extensive taste testing of everything around here.

It's normally followed by mommy screaming, chasing me and forcing my mouth open. It's not my fault that things are just lying around.

In my defense, I'm still learning and very curious. Anyway, I know now that I have to smell first then eat.

Mommy also taught me the swop trick where I trade her for whatever I have in my mouth. Normally with something better smelling.

6. Begging for food

Dogs are really good at begging for food. All it takes is sad eyes and staring at the human until they cave. Believe me, they will cave eventually.

This only works if you're in close proximity to the human when they're eating. They will try to distance themselves from you because they are weak.

dogs begging for food
Buffy's expert sad eyes look
Your job is to get their attention by doing something they don't like. They'll come to check up on you and yell a bit. Soon after, the weaklings will feel guilty and you'll be stuck by their side.

Let the begging begin!

7. Should you bin raid?

Sometimes food goes from the human's plate straight into the garbage bin. Why? I wish I knew. The horror!

Leftovers are supposed to go straight into a dog's mouth. We were made to consume leftovers.

In case a mixup like this occurs then bin raiding is an option to correct the mistake. Buffy
is a professional bin raider but refuses to teach me his garbage eating dog skills. The nerve!

Don't worry! As long as I'm right behind him while he tips the bin over, then I get to enjoy yummy garbage food too.

What?! Geez! We're dogs. This is what we do.

That's it my fluffy pack. I hope you don't eat like Buffy. Remember the worse you eat, the worse the eatables will get.

Food is what makes us doggies happy. Got to go now. I see Buffy trying to eat my dried junk food. Excuse me while I go yell at him!

Ruff! Ruff!

Author: Fluffy
Job: Doing puppy work, part-time blogger, a world leader in training.
Future plans: World domination
Likes: Biting hands, destroying everything in sight, playing, stalking, digging, cuddles and tummy rubs.
Dislikes: Baths, self-cloning Needleman and not getting my way.

Pic credit: Fluffy(me) and Buffy posing for pics Renza took and edited. Main pic from Pixabay.

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Dog Greeting Behavior - Buffy Greeting Visitors Properly
Woof! Woof! Hello you guys! Polite dog greeting behavior is important if you want to make a good impression.

My track record for welcoming guests into our home has not been good. Not good at all!

Look! I'm not a people's doggie. Unless it's mommy and a few other humans.

Fluffy, on the other hand, loves humans. She's way too soft. Making friends left and right.

Unfortunately, I had to adjust my behavior and learn proper greeting skills. Mommy does not like the way I do things and my main job is to make her happy.

Here are a few things I've learned about greeting intruders. I mean visitors!

Buffy Greeting Visitors "Properly"

1. Making sure mommy knows visitors arrived

Alerting Renza is the first thing to do when I hear someone at the gate. I have a special bark for visitors that Fluffy copied.

It's a mix between a bark and a howl. She tells everyone I taught her the bark but she actually stole it, you guys. I know yes. Very creepy!

It's important to have different barking sounds or else your human will be clueless when you try to alert them.

When someone knocks at the gate, we bark and mommy comes out to see who it is.

She'll sigh a bit because uninvited guests are the worst. Call before you come people! How hard is that?

2. The welcoming party and sniffing

Next, we need to make sure the visitors are welcomed properly. This is where things get a little awkward.

Buffy and Fluffy dogs greeting visitors.
Preparing the welcoming party

I need to make sure they smell 'right' first by sniffing them. Fluffy starts jumping on them while I smell.

If they smell 'wrong' then I use my intruder alert bark on them. It's a little louder than my other barks.

I practiced it a lot on Snowy when he used to live here. What?! He tried to take over. Mommy still thinks her Snow-snow is innocent.

Snowy the backstabber has one bark for everything. Yep! Totally useless. But we used him as an amplifier when competing in barking competitions. Not completely useless. He's doing fine btw. Anyway, enough about him.

Next, Fluffy dances at their feet and I'll let them know they're unwelcome. Yes, I know, I know the visitors are getting mixed signals from us but it's not my fault that Fluffy can't smell wrong humans!

If they smell 'right', don't talk and make no eye contact then I'll let them pass.

3. Long coats trigger

Look! I'm not going to lie to you. People with long coats freak me out. They are super shady and I'm sure they're hiding stuff. Not good stuff!

Mommy says I'm being paranoid but I'm just protecting the pack. I do some coat pulling and there's some screaming. Hey! At least I don't bite. I'm harmless you guys!

4. Don't bite

Biting is not my thing. Well unless it's in self-defense. One thing I do know is that biting for no reason is wrong.

People can be super annoying but biting should be the last resort. Maybe a little growling is fine. Just a little.

I growl or yawn if my personal space is invaded. Respect my boundaries and we won't have a problem.

I invade your space, not the other way around.

5. Hang out around visitors

This is very important, you guys. I always make sure I'm in close proximity to the visitors. They normally get yummy treats so I stare at them until something falls on the floor or they share with us.

Fluffy welcoming guests
Fluffy the Stalker

Oh and continuing to guard the human while staring straight into a guest's mouth is a multitasking skill I'm really good at.

Fluffy gets a bit creepy and stalks the visitors. There's a fine line between stalker, shadow and just hanging out.

Fluff does not care about boundaries. She follows me everywhere and copies whatever I do. Like that crazy white female movie. It's not funny you guys! Help me!

6. To jump or not to jump

This is a sensitive topic. A lot of people don't like it when dogs jump on them. But mommy loves it!

Well, I'm not sure how she feels about strange dogs jumping on her. I guess this is the main problem. If a dog you don't know runs to greet you, it's normal to get a little freaked out.

If mommy does not want us to jump on her she'll just turn her back. Very rude yes. Fluffy will then hug her ankles tight and try to trip her. Not kidding!

Don't worry! Fluff's cuteness makes up for her evilness. I'm not making this up. It's a universal law or something. Cute cancels out evil.

Dogs are crazy. I'm crazy! Just calm down. Sure you'll get some dog hair on your clothes, you'll get invasively sniffed and you might smell 'wrong'.

Smelling wrong could just be your fear giving off a stench or maybe you have another dog's scent on you. Like our neighbor that smells like his dog who bit me.

I try my best to make sure he knows I was wronged. Mommy thinks it's funny that he's scared of a cuddly fluffy dog.

Buffy cuddly guard dog.

Luckily they are moving in a few days. Good riddance! The pack will celebrate once they're gone.

Dogs feed off a human's energy. Renza had to become crazier in order to match Fluff and my energy. Well, she was always nuts but hid that side of her. We showed her it's ok to be a little weird.

It immediately made her our favorite human. Plus she's our food source. If Fluff gets too crazy then mommy uses a calm voice, head scratches or tummy rubs to calm her down.

That's it, you guys. I've gotten much better at greeting visitors since Fluffy arrived. They seem less scared now. Just don't wear coats or stink then I'll welcome you with open paws.

Time to go now. I just heard a car pull up. This next part might get unnecessarily loud but if they didn't want to be greeted by us then they should've stayed home.

Woof! Argooooooof!

Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger, Alpha dog, part-time chef
Future plans: Be the cuddliest dog in the whole wide world
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

Pic credit: Pics of Buffy and Fluffy taken by Renza. Pixabay pics Renza edited.
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