Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Zoey Likes Walks

Today was supposed to be a day off from walks, because we've been so good with exercise and nutrition. I sat down to play a video game and Zoey kept jumping in my lap. I would put her down, and she would spin around a few times on the ground and jump right back in my lap. This dog that would hide when she saw her harness was asking me to put it on!

This was a dog who was literally scared of her own shadow. The other day it finally clicked with her that our walks are safe, and now she's focused on the grand adventure that is walking. Most dogs experience the world through their snouts. Not Zoey. She looks and and listens and takes it all in, more like a person. Every once in a while she sees something of interest that she wants to go sniff, but she's not the "sniff-fests" that my walks with Ty are.

She is now a confident walker now, with her tail held high and her ears perked up. We just keep reinforcing that good behavior and I think she might just be a travel companion on par with my Corgi, Dancer, who passed away not long after the puppies were born. I could walk on the side of a busy freeway or in a crowded public place, and Dancer would follow my commands no matter how many distractions there were.

Years ago, there was a different princess: Dancer, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Of course I could hear Ty crying as I walked away with Zoey today. He bays like a tiny wolf, just like his papa, Lenny Woofer did.

I walk them one at a time, just because they are so small, if we were ever attacked by a larger animal, then I couldn't pull the whole pack into my arms. Ty is a solid walker, though, and I might start walking him at the same time as Zoey.

Ty was properly socialized by his owner until she got too sick to care for him. But he's still a dog. My son had a t-shirt that said "easily distracted" and that describes most dogs that I know of. But a couple of dogs I've had over the years, like Zoey, have been much more like people than dogs. In this case, that quality has allowed her to start overcoming the developmental problems I gave her.

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