Sometimes I think my friend Dianne is trying to play matchmaker to encourage a close friendship between her two dogs and me. In particular, it looks like she is concentrating her efforts towards Lynda, a Heinz 57, and me. It’s not like I dislike the two pooches; I do enjoy their company. It just seems like my friend is going out of her way to make sure.
Anyway, since I have become Lynda’s and Marcos’ “uncle”, the dogs have become more of a part of my life. That includes going on walks with them and Dianne several times each week. My friend tells me that Lynda resembles a typical Mexican cross-breed dog. Her pointy catlike ears are apparently an indicator of this. Regardless of pedigree, Lynda is a friendly critter, and we get along just fine.
In order to get a better grasp of dog walking, I consulted the Internet for helpful tips. One of the popular YouTube trainers I like is Zak George. His philosophy about dogs coincides with my own. Watching his dog training videos helped put me in a mindset to be a better friend to the dogs.
Thankfully, Dianne had already instructed the dogs to obey some basic commands. They usually sit when told to do so. Once they sit, the dogs generally will stay put. This is helpful at street intersections and when other dogs come into view. The biggest challenge for the dogs is when there are squirrels. That’s when we have to keep a short leash on the dogs.
One of the good habits Lynda has developed is good eye contact with me. That way she picks up on visual cues I give her with my eye and mouth expressions. Both dogs respond fairly well to the command to come to Dianne. Lynda does a better job of coming to me than Marcos does.
The point of going on walks is to give the two canines some exercise and to acclimate them to various situations. Of course they also have to take care of their excretory functions. I still find “piddling the pooches” awkward. That’s just something I need to adapt to better.
A good benefit of dog walking is that the dogs seem to be a little more happy afterwards. It’s also a good technique to get us humans outdoors to stretch our legs and breathe some fresh air.
This is National Walk Your Dog Week, a reminder for us to think about the mental and physical health benefits that walking your pet can have for your dog and you.
The Blue Jay of Happiness puzzles over something President Abraham Lincoln once said. “How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”