Sunday, February 07, 2010

Whoa Dog! - On A Dog Walk

I was working a young puppy the other day. The dog was barely a year old but was striving to please. He was also over one hundred fifty pounds already and not yet fully grown.

Of course early training is an absolute necessity. I was walking only a mile with him to start, but it's important to build the distance you walk your dog with time.

He was pretty well in the groove of following and not pulling a human... that is, until a dog who was dragging her owner full speed behind her charged us!

I put him into a sit behind me and faced the approaching dog. Seeing that I was not intimidated, the dog went around us and continued to drag her owner. The woman said. "You should keep walking."

I did not respond since it was not I who was being dragged like a helpless sack of flour!

So what should you do out walking your dog when confronted with an unruly dog? Tell your dog what to do and then face the approaching dog like a soldier in the military. You are not looking for trouble, but you do own your space.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Do I Practice What I Preach?

My Grandmother asked me some days ago if I walk my dog with the same discipline as I tell my clients to. I explained to her that unless it is storming violently outside, that dog is run twice a day. I make the time because I took the responsibility of adopting him.

It has poured rain many days this month and has rarely stopped. But my boy has not missed one run. I am just assuring all of you that I talk the talk, and in this case, run the run!

By the way, I had four dogs staying with me for more than three weeks. Nobody missed any of their two outings per day each... and did I ever get wet!

Their ears had to be cleaned every day go make sure no water got trapped in there. They had to be dried, and some of them re-brushed each time...

You get the idea... Lots of work!

But walking a dog and basic dog care cannot be skipped...

Rena Murray

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Walking A Dog - Focus Is The Principal Thing!

When you are on your daily walks with your dog - or in my case, it's runs - your dog needs to be your primary focus.

Of course you need to be aware of your surroundings. But if your friend says "hello" to you, and your dog wants to say "hi" to her dog, do NOT answer her until your dog is under control.

Dogs learn very quickly to take advantage of any situation where you're not paying attention. Two dogs trying to play with each other on leash is really not something you want to be in the middle of!

For example, this morning I was running Gatsby when my neighbor walked by with her two Shelties. He REALLY loves them! And it was very hard on him when they gave him an invitation to play.

My neighbor said "hello." I did not even look at her or respond until Gatsby was completely under control again. I kept my eyes on him.

So if you are worried about being rude, explain to people later. When you are walking a dog, your focus is the principal thing.

Rena Murray

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