Now that things are settling down and there is a bit more time I decided it was time to start working again with Bonnie and Belle on leash walking. We live in the country and have a long lane which makes it the perfect place to start practicing. After they remember how to walk on a leash politely then we will start going into town to practice. Our goal is to be able to take them with us when we go to antique car shows, parks, parades ect…
I’m taking the pups out one at a time for a couple of reasons. First so we have some one on one time and second because combined the pups almost weigh as much as I do so it’s easier for me to control one at a time.
Belle got to go out first this time She did pretty good staying by me and walking at a fast but controlled speed. She did a great job listening to the “leave it” command when a bunny ran not once but twice in front of her. She also did great when I told her to “leave it” when she saw a cat cross the road a few feet from her. She did get scared though when a big truck zoomed passed our lane we were close to the road. We also practiced sitting a few times during our walk.
When it was Bonnie’s turn she kind of wiggled, hopped, and really wanted to run. Luckily the bunny stayed in the corn field this time as did the cat. Because I have a feeling she wouldn’t have listened to the “leave it” command as well as Belle did. However she didn’t have much of a reaction when it came to traffic passing our lane. When we practiced sitting during our walk she gave me a look that said “You want me to what?! “I mean there’s all this exciting stuff out here to explore and you want me to sit!” But even though she didn’t want to she did eventually sit.
All in all both pups did very well for the first night of our refresher course in polite leash walking.
OKAY … Sounds like they did well for the first outing. With the relationship you have with them you are able to go on with the leash training. As they say … the “parent” is the one who has to be trained in many ways. I am sure that they will enjoy the leash and take it as second nature in time as you will too. I was thinking about that second nature stuff the other day as I was doing some cooking preparation in the kitchen. — mind you — not fancy stuff, but how things do become a habit.
Well, have fun with the girls and keep us posted to the learning at the Abbott’s household! Carolyn