Did Your Dog Turn Out Like You Thought He Would?

Remy the Weimaraner puppy

Did your dog turn out like you thought he would?

It’s important to let dogs be who they are.

My dog Remy is still young, and I’m not entirely sure who he is yet but I know he’s very sweet, loves all people and dogs and is in the middle of the pack as far as assertiveness.

And his energy is explosive! My senior pets and I are shocked by it.

When I committed to getting a weimaraner puppy, I knew Remy would be my running and hiking buddy but I also imaged him as obedient, an agility dog and capable of visiting coffee shops and restaurants.

He may still be able to do those things in time but my focus with him is shifting to adventure.

Running, hiking, beach visits, camping, backpacking, perhaps hunting.

If we do obedience work, great. If we do agility, even better. I’m not sure he has the focus for those things. We will see.

Remy is a really great dog. We’ve had him off leash already on a trail walk and it was good to see he checked in with us, kept track of us.

I’m glad he’s growing up. We can go running soon. He can wear a dog backpack soon.

He’s becoming the dog he’s meant to be.

How about you? Did your dog turn out the way you expected?

Weim on the trail


My weimaraner puppy Remy

Is this pretty much his natural habitat? He’s actually calm! (Looking for a bird.)

I’m hoping to post pics of the dogs most Saturdays.

ProTrainings Online Pet First Aid Course – Review & Coupon Code

ProTrainings Online Pet First Aid Course – Review & Coupon Code

Use code THATMUTT for 20% off ProPetHero’s online pet first aid & CPR training. Click here.

ProTrainings is a leader in online CPR certifications for humans, and it also offers an online course for pet first aid and CPR training called ProPetHero.

The pet first aid course covers dog CPR, preparing a pet first aid kit, pet poisonings, understanding a pet’s vital signs, wound care and more.

Once you’ve signed up for the course, you can log in and begin the training from your computer or phone at any time.

This post is sponsored by ProTrainings and ProPetHero.

Use code THATMUTT for 20% off the online pet first aid & CPR course (normally $49.99). CLICK HERE.

ProTrainings Pet First Aid Course Review

The pet first aid and CPR course includes about an hour and 40 minutes of videos (ranging from about 30 seconds to 5 minutes each). It took me about 2 hours total to complete the course and test.

You can also pause at any time and resume where you left off. For example, I took the course and test over two days in two 60-minute sessions.

You can also go back and review the videos at any time for up to TWO YEARS!

People who should consider taking a pet first aid course include:

  • All dog and cat owners!
  • Pet sitters, dog walkers & dog trainers
  • Dog daycare/boarding facility workers
  • Animal shelter volunteers/fosters

I took the course so I’m better prepared to help my own pets in an emergency before I’m able to get them to a veterinarian.

Pro Pet Hero
This is a valuable online pet first aid course designed to prepare dog and cat owners on what to do to help their pets in an emergency.

The videos are taught by Dr. Bobbi Conner, a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I thought she did an excellent job covering the material and showing demonstrations. Her dog and cat models and human assistants also did such a great job!

The course covers information such as wound care, how to give CPR to a dog, how to read your pet’s vitals and dozens of other topics. I now have a certification in pet first aid and a lot more knowledge than before!

The cost of the pet first aid course & coupon code!

You can use code THATMUTT at checkout for 20% off. (The course is normally $49.95.) Sign up here.

You will receive:

  • 1 hour and 40 minutes of videos (access for two years)
  • 2-year certification in pet first aid
  • Printable certification card
  • Printable wall certificate
  • Continuing education credits (for some pet professionals)

The course covers:

  • What to include in a pet’s first aid kit
  • How to check and read your dog or cat’s vital signs
  • Information on wound care, burns, poisoning, snake bites and spider bites
  • Information on heat stroke, hypothermia and siezures
  • How to give a pet rescue breaths and CPR

Below is an example of one of the videos. This one is about CPR:

Sign up for the course here – use code THATMUTT for 20% off

Pros of the Pro Pet Hero online pet first aid course:

  • The videos are very easy to understand with helpful demonstrations.
  • You can pause the course at any time and go at your own pace.
  • Practice test questions throughout the course are very helpful.
  • You can retake the test as many times as you need to (no extra cost).
  • After passing the test you are certified in pet first aid for two years.
  • The videos and information are available for you to review during those two years.
  • The course covers information for both dogs and cats.
  • Affordable price (use code THATMUTT for 20% off)
  • Take the course in the comfort of your own home.

Cons of the course:

  • You can pass this test without ever practicing some of the skills (such as CPR) on a dog or cat dummy. However, you will still walk away with a lot more knowledge than before and you can review the videos as many times as you need to.
  • You need the self-discipline to focus on the course and set aside the 2 hours for completion. Good news is you can take breaks and spread it out as you’d like.Pet First Aid Course online

Would I buy this course?

Yes, I would pay full price for this online pet first aid course because the information could help save the life of one of my pets or someone else’s pet someday. It’s a no-brainer for pet sitters and dog walkers.

At just $49.95, it’s something most people can squeeze into their budget without an issue, and you have access to the information and certification for two years. I plan to go back and re-watch some of the videos.

How to wrap a pet's injured paw - Online pet first aid course

Would I recommend the course to others?

Yes, we can all learn something from this course. Unless you work in the medical field, you’ll most likely walk away with more knowledge than you had before.

This would be a good course for all pet sitters, dog walkers, dog daycare and kennel workers as well as shelter and rescue volunteers.

Use coupon code THATMUTT for 20% offMore info here.

Are you interested in taking the course?

Let me know if you have any questions about how the course works. I’ll get them answered for you!

*Please share this post with anyone who might be interested. Thank you!*

Pet first aid course

Support A Local Dog Rescue While Helping Dogs With Itchy Skin & Joint Pain!

Note: This post is sponsored by PetVi Nutrition.

PetVi Nutrition is a dog supplement company that will equally match sales with a matching donation for the month of July.

Every time you use the code: THATMUTT you’ll save $2 per supplement and donate an equal matching order to one of my favorite rescue groups, Labs & More Rescue of San Diego. CLICK HERE.

PetVi Digestive Health Supplement for dogsFor example, if you order a bag of PetVi’s hip & joint supplement, the company will send a bag to you AND a bag to the rescue for the price of one. And there is no limit. It will match the whole order.

PetVi is a supplement company dedicated to helping dogs overcome issues related to itchy skin and digestive disorders.

Its products include:

PetVi Nutrition and That Mutt have partnered over the last few months to let my readers know about its products through various discounts and giveaways.

When the company recently asked me which rescue group I would like to support, I chose Labs & More of San Diego.

More about the rescue group Labs & More

I chose Labs & More because I’ve spent time volunteering with the group over the last two years and the rescue is very compassionate to both the dogs as well as potential adopters (very important!).

I’ve featured a couple of its dogs on my site. You might remember MaryLou from the Halloween Mutt Run or my foster dog Lana.

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Labs & More regularly saves Labs, Lab mixes and other large dogs from regional pounds where adoptable dogs are still killed. The rescue often takes in pregnant dogs or homeless litters of puppies.

The group said it also has a lot of senior dogs in its care who could benefit from PetVi’s products. Here is Kody, a 10-year-old black Lab for adoption with Labs & More.

Kody the black Lab for adoption San Diego

Some of the benefits of PetVi’s supplements

PetVi Health Supplement hip and jointSome of the potential benefits of PetVi’s supplements include:

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  • Restoring and maintaining digestive health
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If you already use PetVi’s supplements for your dog, this is a great way to help dogs in foster care get the same benefits. Or, if you’ve been thinking about trying PetVi’s products, now is a great time to do so!

Use code THATMUTT at checkout

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My dog Ace with PetVi Nutrition's supplement

Do you plan to order? Or do you have any questions?

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What Do You Want Your Dog to Do? Training Basics for My Puppy

This one “graduated” from puppy class last week. I think his instructor was being generous! 🙂

All the puppies in the class passed the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program, which is designed to encourage puppy owners to begin training early on. It’s a good foundation.

The puppies have to do things like sit on command (using food is OK), accept a friendly stranger touching them and allow their owners to take a toy away. It’s designed to begin preparation for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC Test).

What do you want your puppy to do

That being said, Remy was a complete maniac at his “graduation” class. I was having a hard time controlling him on his buckle collar. He’s not aggressive or anything, just so excited with so much energy and little ability to focus.

He was up on his hind legs much of the top doing his “kangaroo hop” and he was jumping and grabbing at everything with wild eyes. He could hardly sit on command even when lured with high-valued treats.

Oh, Remy.

And this was after walking him 3 miles.

I’m realizing how much energy my dog is going to have. He is go! go! go!

The instructor reminded me that large-breed dogs are often slow to mature physically and mentally (oh lucky me!) and that’s just the way it is. Remy will probably mature around 2 or 3 years old, she said. Oh, goodie.

So I told Josh I need to set some goals for Remy so I’m not so frustrated with our puppy. If we focus on 2-3 small things at a time I will see more progress.

He laughed and said, “first world problems.” Goals for your dog!

Yes, he’s right. My life pretty much revolves around dogs and setting goals for them might sound ridiculous to pretty much anyone.

Oh well.

Here are my 3 short-term goals for my puppy Remy and I:

3 small goals for my puppy this week:

1. Spend five minutes per day working on OFF with treats.

I’m not even using the word “off” at this point. I’m just sitting on the ground or on a chair and giving him treats when he’s sitting or lying down and not touching me. My puppy needs to learn some self-control and to give people some space.

2. Spend five minutes per day working on basic obedience.

By that I mean “sit,” “down” and “stay.” And I don’t mean having him sit for 5 minutes. I mean 2 seconds followed by release and praise, then 5 seconds, then another 5 or 10 seconds … all within the 5-minute training session. Remy needs to master these basics before we can move on.

3. Visit two brand new places with Remy.

Could be anything – a new street, a different store, walking a different direction, whatever. I’ll probably choose walking the opposite direction on the trail we normally go to and taking him to the pet supplies store called Muttropolis, in our town.

If I can do all those things this week, it will be a success!

Our 1 longer-term goal for July:

Remy will lie down and stay on command for 5 minutes while we sit on the couch watching TV.

I know, just 5 minutes. But that would be a big step. Remy is … shall we say … busy.

What goals do the rest of you have with your dogs?

What would you like your dog or puppy to do?

If you decide to set a goal for your dog this month, write it in the comments so I can hold you accountable. 🙂

Can you relate to any of my struggles with Remy?

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My weimaraner puppy Remy

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