Well, we’ve almost completed week two of the 30/30 Challenge, and Y-bo and I have not missed a single 30 minute walk. Even I’m stunned! Although January started out very cold, the past few days, by Chicago suburbs standards, have been positively warm.
Y and I haven’t been to an obedience class in a few years. Furthermore, I admit that I‘ve been very lax about a couple of his behaviors. So, I decided to revisit some of our training practice while on our 30/30 walks. And, I’ve discovered a number of interesting things. First thing I noticed is how much faster walk-time passes, particularly on the cold days, when we are both concentrating on our ‘moves’. Second, Y-Bo remembers everything very well…sit, stay, down, come, about, heel around. That only partially surprised me. I always have him walk on my left side and don’t allow him to sniff once we settle into our normal pace. What did surprise me the most, however, is how much better he has been at listening to me at home since I’ve been working with him again. In fact, lately he acts as if I’m the pack leader not him! Wow, what a concept!
I’ve always been a stickler for detail with my pup when it comes to anything dealing with my grandson, pTiny pTerodactyl. From the very beginning, when we stroll with the baby, I’ve insisted that Y stay behind pTpT a bit. According to Cesar Milan that shows the dog whose the boss. At this point in time pTpT probably has more power over Y-Bo than I do, but, hey, pTiny has plenty of power over me, too!