I run outside two to four times a week and I take Lola with me. My perfect angel inside the house, she goes nuttso on runs. If we pass another dog or merely a back yard with a dog in it, she pulls on her leash and halter so hard that her front feet are off the ground, going 90 to nothing in the air. It’s quite a sight. No, it is not an aggressive act, just an attempt to get to that dog that she knows wants to play with her, too.
Rewind to last week. Cheryl and Lola are walking in the park. Young woman approaches pushing a baby in a stroller AND walking her dog. Give this woman an award. I tried to walk Lola and push Landri when Landri was at my house a year or so ago and I gave up on the activity, deeming it an impossibility. Back to my story…Woman stops. Woman’s dog stops. Woman’s dog calmly watches Lola go in to a raging fit, whining and pulling on her leash.
Woman: I am glad you walked by with your dog. I have been training my dog to behave on walks and was anxious to see how he behaved when he saw another dog.
(Training successful, I would say)
Cheryl: Where do you take him for classes?
Woman: I don’t. I know it sounds cheesy, but I have been watching the Dog Whisperer and it has been very helpful.
More conversation, but I’ll skip that.
So as soon as I got home I set up my DVR to record every episode of the Dog Whisperer. There was a DW marathon on Sunday and I watched several episodes. The man has the craziest looking roller blades I have ever seen, but he is a genius!
Armed with tips on how to correct her behavior (and mine) Lola, Freddy and I went for a walk. We didn’t make it too far, but we had lots of opportunities to correct. Freddy was bored. Later that night, we went for another walk (we left Freddy behind) and she did…better. Not great, but better. There is a house on the corner near a pond that poses the greatest challenge.
“I will rehabilitate my dog and train myself” (I stole that from Cesar).
Note to readers that don’t know Lola: Lola is the sweetest dog ever! She just wants to play with the other dogs. Please don’t read this and think that she is bad dog, because she isn’t. She just needs to learn how to walk better on a leash.