Jack and I completed our first (modified) K9 Kamp challenge this week! For those of you who aren’t taking part or are unfamiliar with K9 Kamp, the challenge was to spice up your walking routine with lots of walks in different settings. Because of Jack’s agoraphobia issues, we had to make some adjustments to this particular challenge.
Jack doesn’t love straying very far from home, and here in the city, there aren’t a lot of quiet, dog-free zones that I can take him to. But we got a little creative and found an industrial area down the street to visit outside of business hours. It was perfect! I think that in the hour that we were out, only 3 cars passed us. There were no other dogs, no people, no trucks barreling by… just me, Jack, and my little camera man (The Monkey) strolling along down the pavement.
Jack was his usual skittish self for the most part, but I noticed that his tail wasn’t quite so firmly tucked under his bum – we even got a (very) little bit of tail wagging while he was out! Luckily, I’d given my iPhone to The Monkey and showed him how to work the video on it, and he was able to capture some of the occasion. He’s seven, so it’s not exactly a cinematography masterpiece, and the giant poop bag in my hands is visible through a good portion of the video, but hey… when you’ve got a dog, you spend some time carrying poop around, right?
Some things you’ll notice: 1) There are frequent stops on our walk. When Jack’s leash gets taut, I stop moving and wait for him to take a step back. 2) Jack is very, very alert to his surroundings, even when they’re empty. But he does manage to take the time to sniff around. 3) While we’re still close to the main road, his leash is super-short. I don’t give him the full 6-feet unless we’re on grass… I’ve had too many experiences with trucks rattling by and Jack bolting, and with his muscles and a 6-foot head start, I’m hitting the pavement. 4) We found a place to jump! It’s right at the end, and I only show one jump up and one jump down, but we did it over and over and over again. I’m pretty sure Jack is part gazelle; he loves jumping on and off of things. 5) Watch for the briefly wagging tail! It’s only a glimpse, but it happened… thank you, K9 Kamp!!
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