Monday, October 5, 2015
How will you celebrate #DogWalkingWeek 2015?
But this week, we're trying to walk even more. Why? Because we're taking part in the annual Walk Your Dog Week Celebration, held between October 1 and October 7. The idea is to encourage every dog owner out there to hit the bricks with a beloved pet and write up a few notes about the experience. Maybe, the thinking goes, people who never walk their dogs will be inspired to do so once they read up on the benefits.
When I told my husband we'd be participating, I saw him give a little flinch. And I don't blame him, as Liam and Sinead can be a little difficult to walk. I wrote a little about that in this blog post, and using treats has really helped to curb some of the problems. But there's one more thing that I've found really helpful: A splitter.
When Sinead grows fearful of an approaching person and hopes to dart behind me to hide, Liam's weight holds her in place in front of me, so I can work on redirecting her. And when Liam wants to take a hard right in order to veer away to pee on something new, Sinead can redirect him with a body block and soften his pull. The two work together to stay in line.
But it's hard to deny the pleasure of walking two dogs that are both paying more attention to the human and paying attention to one another. It makes longer walks possible.
And that's great news, as we're heading on a long and favored walk every day as part of this challenge. A park about a half-mile from my house is just stuffed full of old-growth pines stretching up to the skies, and those trees are packed full of migrating birds this time of year. The dogs absolutely adore this park, and we're visiting it much more often. That's how we're celebrating.
How about you? What will you do to mark the occasion? Click here ind out more about how it works, and how you can get involved.