Walking the dog
just a walking the dog
If you don’t know how to do it
I show you how to walk the dog
C’mon now c’mon
– Rufus Thomas (covered by the Rolling Stones in 1964)
Doesn’t Oliver look handsome with his new red collar? This is actually a “small” collar adjusted to it’s minimum size… and somehow it still looks too big for him! He starts puppy school this week so he needed to have a “flat” collar for training purposes, and the good news is that he didn’t even flinch when I put his shiny new collar on him.
To date we had been using an all-in-one rope collar, but I guess that isn’t the best choice? We liked the ease with which we were able to put the rope collar on, especially considering the number of times he needs to go outside, and although we were always careful not to tug on the leash and tighten it, we were concerned about having him develop negative feelings toward the leash, or worse still, hurting him by tugging too hard. We also had some concerns about him possibly “backing out” of the rope collar, so this new arrangement makes us feel a bit safer.
Next big thing… learning to walk on the leash. Right now he still does the puppy thing where he will trot along, happy as can be, but then he’ll decide he’s had enough of walking, and he plops his backside down and won’t budge for a while. I know he’ll get it eventually, and honestly, we have all the patience in the world for this little guy, but if anyone has any tips to make sure we get this part of the training right, they’d be hugely appreciated.
* Update: I just bought Oliver a new, lighter collar, one that didn’t weigh him down so much. I love that big silver buckle on the collar he’s wearing in this photograph, but it weighed a ton and the poor little guy must have been dog-tired lugging it around! Now he’s wearing the “lite” version of the red collar, so he’s got to be happier and of course, he’s still quite the handsome boy!