Lola has been going out for walks
On Sunday morning, I took her into the forest with a friend and her dog. Lola hadn’t met my friend’s dog before, but I knew she would be very excited. I was hoping that having another dog around would give Lola something to focus on as we were walking.
We followed the tracks and as soon as we walked away from the car park area, I removed the lead and prayed really quickly that I wouldn’t have to run through forest land after her. Armed with treats, I lured her to me every couple of minutes and when she came without any fuss she received a treat.
She was quite happy bounding off with my friend’s dog, and kept to the path for most of the time. There was lots of sniffing around and a near miss into a dirty looking pool of water. I wasn’t sure how deep it was so I was hoping she wouldn’t go into it in case she got stuck.
The walk lasted around 45 minutes and for the most part, Lola was very good in returning to me. I find that she will come back if nothing more exciting has her attention like another dog. We passed three strange dogs, and the first time she turned around and followed them not listening to me, so it was interesting getting her to come back to me. The second set of dogs she was a lot calmer with and just sniffed very nicely. I think at this point she was a little worn out though as 45 minutes is a long walk for her, but it was worth it for the off lead experience.
On the whole it was a very successful walk and it helped me gain the confidence I needed to know that she will come back when she’s off lead. We just have to learn to trust each other.