Somehow over the years, Sadie has become our most well-behaved walker. This from the dog whose previous owners admitted to us that she had never been on a leash until the day we took her home at 1 1/2 years old! Through the use of a front clip harness and loads of patience, she is now fairly top notch.
I cherish my morning walks with Sadie. I know my day will start well. And when I'm frustrated with an experience with Maggie's reactivity or Hurley's ongoing puppy training, I know I can put her in her harness, fill up my mug with coffee and spend the next 30 minutes just enjoying life.
One of my favorite things about our walks is how much Sadie is enjoying life right back at me. After we stop at each curb, I say "Good Girl" to release her and she bounces to the end of her leash, then looks back with the happiest smile on her face. She wiggles her butt in greeting when we encounter people and is no longer startled by garbage trucks, hand trucks or delivery people otherwise unloading at the nearby businesses. And while I'm pretty sure she spends the entire walk on the hunt for cats & squirrels, her on-leash behavior when she finds them is slowly but surely improving. Her joie de vivre is contagious and it always lifts my own spirits.
What do you enjoy about walks with your dog(s)?