Bank Holiday Monday arrived and it was time to introduce Lola to the big wide world. She has had all her jabs and was ready to go for her first walk. She was ready to go out further than the garden, we were ready for her to venture further than the garden, and the garden was breathing a sigh of relief that Lola was going to be going further afield.
We have been lead training her in the garden, but she does like to hold a bit of the lead in her mouth, so I was unsure how the first walk would go. We knew we were going to walk the short distance to the local park and back again. A short walk, but it would be enough to encounter new smells, people and other dogs.
The first walk was quite a success I think. She pulled a lot on the lead but she was very excited. Her nose was to the ground a LOT as she was sniffing everything new.
Since the first walk, we have settled into a routine of three short walks a day to burn off some energy, but not to over walk her so she damages her hips.
Hubby tends to do the early morning walk, I do the midday walk with Miss A as it’s been holidays, and we have been going out as a family for the evening walk. It’s rained a lot of the time during walks, and her first walk, we all came back looking like drowned rats.
We knew letting her off the lead was very important early on, but we were all very nervous to do it. What if she ran off and didn’t come back? Got hurt? Hurt someone else?
So we have compromised and let her off the lead when there is more than one of us with her. She doesn’t come back when we call her yet, so there has been a lot of chasing and distractions being used to get her attention. Nonetheless we HAVE let her off the lead so progress is being made.
During this week, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed every walk I’ve taken Lola on, and we’ve had successful walks and also walks where I’ve wondered who was walking who. What I can say however is that we’re all learning together, and she is still very young and everything is new to her.
Today we had a brilliant walk, just Lola and I because Miss A is off out for the day. I think Lola reacts better when she has one on one walking. This may be a better idea for training, but we wont stop the family walks because we obviously will all want to go out together.
A lot of puppies can be scared around strange people, but Lola isn’t one of them. The three main things she loves when we’re out are other people, dogs and balls (generally not her own).
We have a lot of training to do with her, but I know she’ll get there.