Tag Archives: Outdoors

Out And About in Seaport District, Boston, MA

Harlow, "I think we should eat here."

Harlow, “I think we should eat here.”

One of the things I recommend pet parents to do with their canine companions is go out and explore different areas in order to acclimate their dog/puppy to a variety of environments.  I trained Harlow a couple of weeks ago, Level II Basic Training and Behavior, so every time she stays with us she brushes up on what she learned and we go out to practice in the real world.

Harlow, " I think we are lost."

Harlow, ” I think we are lost.”

My sense of direction is so bad that even Harlow knew that we were lost.  No problem, we went and asked for help.

Harlow, "Help.  This human is showering me with hugs and kisses."

Harlow, “Help. This human is showering me with hugs and kisses.”

I recommend a lot of things to pet parents and one of them is to get their dogs used to being hugged.  Why?  Because being hugged is not something most dogs enjoy.  Harlow enjoys it as long as you give her a treat.

Harlow, "Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?"

Harlow, “Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?”

Harlow did wonderful during our outing.  She did get startled twice when someone dropped some dishes, we were walking by a restaurant, but she was getting used to the noises better than I expected.  You have to remember that Harlow is only 6 months old.

Harlow, "Wow!  Look at all the people here"

Harlow, “Wow! Look at all the people here”

Harlow was very curious seeing so many people around, but she was not nervous about it.  This is why training and behavior need to go hand in hand.  A balanced dog is a pleasure to have and to take out with you every time you get a chance.

Harlow, "Is that the menu for the restaurant we'll be eating at?  I am hungry."

Harlow, “Is that the menu for the restaurant we’ll be eating at? I am hungry.”

Expecting your dog to behave like a good canine citizen is really up to you.  Dogs are amazing teachers, but they need us to guide them and get them to be balanced.  Go out with your dog and enjoy the outdoors.

Mom, I Think I Got Sand In My Eyes

I took Alex to the beach a while ago, and the wind was blowing a little bit and I was lucky enough to capture this picture.

We had a great time that day, and I removed her leash for a little while, and to my surprise she never went too far from where I was.  I’ve heard other pet parents tell me about their hiking trips with their dogs and many of them remove the leash and to my surprise they have said that their dogs never wandered too far from where they are, but to be quite honest this is probably one of the very few times I do this.  I haven’t gone hiking with Alex, but if I did she’d be on a leash the entire time.  I’d be too afraid she’d go after some little animal and get lost and get hurt or hurt another animal.

With that being said, please enjoy your time with your dogs, but make sure that they are on a leash and if they are not make sure that your recall is always answered.