Recently I posted some images I’d taken in Shanghai of a young woman and her little dog (I want their dog training tips), commenting that I’d seen dogs off leash in both of the cities where I’d spent considerable time this summer.
A few weeks ago, during a terribly lonely Saturday night, I searched the Internet for Cocker Spaniel breeders and perused Craigslist for “used dogs.” The next day, this little beauty was living with me.
She’s so easy-going and well-trained that I tried something: I let her off leash when we went on one of our twice daily walks. SHE STAYED RIGHT WITH ME!
She watches me, and if I lag behind she turns around to meet me.
I am lucky to have found this sweet little companion.
Jasper’s been a pill lately. On Sunday, he was focused and right with me at agility, and afterwards, he walked easily on the leash without pulling. On Monday, I left the house in the dark and returned in the dark, hence we did not get out for our walk. On Tuesday evening, he pulled and balked, acting as if he’d received no training ever! Yesterday, he redecorated the condo with pieces of a checkbook and rolls of toilet paper. Again, I got home too late to walk with him. In a few minutes, we’ll go out for our walk but I’m not hopeful of success because he’s been bouncing from floor to couch to table to countertop this evening. Sometimes I think I’ll never be able to train him.
This puts me in mind of the funny and poignant narrative, Marley & Me.
What? You actually want me to obey you? Where's my treat? Give me a treat & I'll consider it.