October 9, 2009
Okay, so exposing a service puppy to beautiful fall vistas may not be on the training checklist, but no one ever said the outing can't be fun for everyone!
I got to walk along the scrub oak in the Colorado sunshine with my two favorite canines,
and they got to do some quality sniffing,
and stick chewing. Ruby looks like such a hayseed. Cute.
Kiva's an old pro hiking dog. She loves to look out over a precipice at the view, but this was as far as I was willing to let her go with Roo hopping about on the other leash.
Actually, the little squirt impressed me. Even with all the ground level entertainment, her focus was pretty good. There was plenty to investigate, so I'd let her roam for awhile out at the full length of the leash, then call her back and we'd practice some heeling and loose leash walking among the grasses and rocks. There was rustling in the scrub (maybe a bird or snake?), and she'd look in that direction, but she never made a break for it. Sits and downs are also always good to practice in unfamiliar territory.
I never bring both dogs on a training outing, but I couldn't leave Kiva home on such a beautiful day. As always, she amazes me with her patience. She kept herself busy but calm on one leash so I could get some nice work in with Ruby on the other.
Three girls together, a good day.