No running for me today. It’s my day off. Oh, and also, I was bad.
Bad as in, I know I shouldn’t do something and I did it anyway….let’s just say my stomach is sort of on fire today and I knew full well what was going to happen if I ate a certain something but I did it anyway.
So, no running, but that doesn’t mean no exercise because I still have to take the dogs for a walk and if you don’t think that’s exercise, you have never walked my dogs, (or been anywhere near me whilst I walk my dogs.)
My dogs are what the experts call ‘dog reactive’ and Hank is the classic example. He gets this vehemence in his eyes and although I immediately tighten my grip on the leash and reprimand him, he becomes insolent. He sees the enemy and he’s going for the kill. He goes into full on attack mode. It doesn’t take long before Boomer joins in and they both pull me towards their victim.
Within a few feet of the intended victim Boomer immediately spins and sticks his ass right into the other dogs face briefly, before retreating. Hank, however, never retreats and I spend the next 10 minutes or so dragging him away from the other dog while he does something similar to this:
He’s an angry little dog. Taking the dogs for a walk should be enjoyable. It should be fun. The dogs should enjoy it and I should enjoy it and it should probably be like this:
But it isn’t.
And since in 4 years of walking together neither of my dogs seem to get it, I’m pretty sure they never will. It doesn’t matter what I try. Even Cesar Milan himself cannot train these dogs and that’s why, I’m switching up the program. Instead of walking for exercise where we risk interaction with other dogs, i.e. the enemy, I’m teaching my dogs to dance, that’s right dance, and all in the comfort of my home. My dogs are going to dance for exercise.
It can be done.
Are your dogs ‘dog reactive’?
How do you handle it? Got any tips?