A Loose Leash Walk
from Start to Finish--Dreamy!
As much as Tanner is a fairly well-trained dog and a great walking partner along with Oliver, he does have his moments. Recently when I met Holistic Dog Trainer Alecia Evans at Blogpaws, I shared my challenges with his occasional bursts of excitement over seeing a bird or a dog or a friend down the street, as we take our daily walks. Mind you, "friend" is a very broad term for Tanner. He defines this word as the old saying goes, according to my mother-in-law's rendition:
When 70 pounds of exuberant dog comes barrelling down the street at you, one tends to look for a hiding place, or otherwise get the heck out of the way. Tanner just doesn't quite understand why anyone or anything would want to avoid him. He's a perfectly nice dog; why not wait up and let him get a good greeting in? He's clearly baffled by all manner of avoidance when he's enthusiastically trying to make friends.
Ready to Go, Mom?