On day 18 of my 30-day challenge, Ace and I walked through a new part of the neighborhood. This is nothing exciting, but a good way to go somewhere new when we are pressed for time like today. I only had an extra half hour or so. Normally Ace wears his pinch collar on walks, but today I grabbed the Gentle Leader because it was by the door. Our walk went so much better than normal with Ace wearing the leader. We passed several barking dogs, some chained in their yards and others going nuts as we walked along fences. Ace just marched along side me like he was better than all the other dogs (he was).
One man came out and screamed at his dogs for barking, saying, “Shut up or I’ll break your leg!” I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the two dogs that were just chained up outside. I’m sure all they need is a daily walk, and judging by what I saw of that man, he probably hasn’t taken a walk all year.
Also on our walk, we passed a mom pushing a stroller and a little girl on a tricycle. The morning was full of distractions for Ace, which is just what he needs in order to improve his heeling. I will use the Gentle Leader more often. I just don’t know if I’ll ever get him to heel nicely with his regular collar. But maybe that’s OK.
Does anyone have a dog that heels well with a regular, flat collar? Is this even possible? 🙂
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