We started using a dogwalker, Heather, through RuffCity Dogwalking. We wanted Havi to get a walk once a week for an hour when we have a long day. Also, if we're ever in a bind this way Havi would know the person coming to walk her.
She also works with Havi on training and play manners. We had a really bad experience with Havi at a dog park, and won't go back. But Heather takes Havi and watches the situation carefully.
We thought we would share the emails she writes us after every walk along with the pictures she sends. She usually identifies problems, and maybe you guys can help! This is Havi's fourth walk.
Her happiness brighten my day :)
She did much better sitting today while I put the harness on her, and she was so so well behaved the whole walk to the park, even after she noticed that Bill and his big pack were in front of us! She sat at every corner and even stayed after I opened the gate on demand before I let her go in (that one took a few tries).
She was soo happy to have some playmates today, and was running around the place like a total alas, with no direction. It was pretty cute, until she became a bit of a bully with Bill's dogs. One was barking at her so she started doing circles around him. He eventually snapped and they lunged at each other. Both backed off and it wasn't a big deal but I put her in 'time-out', which is on the leash laying next to me for a few minutes. It's purpose is to calm her down and refocus her. She finally did and after about a minute I let her free again. I'll obviously continue to watch her habits and behaviors while we're there but I don't see today as a problem.
After that she was back to being a happy spaz and had a great time chasing the ball (but not returning it of course!).
She peed on the way there, pooped there and pooped again don the way back.
I allotted a few extra minutes for the walk home but she was almost perfect! Just a few slowdowns, but no stops and we even got to say hi to Jax and Sophie. So we had a few minutes back inside to hang out. I refilled her water, although it was pretty full and so was her food. Both are usually empty.