The dogs needed to get out and stretch their legs and I really need to start training these puppies! So, what did I do? I leashed up four dogs and went for a walk.
The road that runs behind our house is not busy. I spent many of hours walking Topher and Tanker up and down that road when we were training them to be therapy dogs. There are deer on that street. There are cats on that street. There are boats. Sometimes there are kids riding their bikes and playing in their yards. There are plenty of distractions to work around and expose dogs to.
Bella and Shiloh did EXCELLENT!!!
There was a birthday party going on with loud music, kids playing volleyball, kids yelling, running, and singing. I thought, oh my goodness, this is going to be a disaster! It wasn't. The puppies did awesome! All the kids ran down the driveway and asked if they could pet the dogs. There were probably 15 kids surrounded around us. Tanker and Topher love kids. The puppies apparently do too! If I had my phone with me, I could have taken the cutest picture of a little boy hugging Shiloh's neck. It was adorable.
This walk proved one thing to me: Neither Shiloh or Bella will have difficulties on the walking through a crowd of people or around distractions on the therapy dog test.
When I got home, I worked with all four of them in the driveway for a little bit. Wes came out and took our picture. The dogs did really well.
|I put everybody in a sit and a wait. They were all attentive.|
|Then Tanker got distracted and wanted to go see Wes.|