Seven does great walking on a leash until he hears and/or sees a dog. Then he starts to lose his mind and will rapidly focus on the dog, starts whining, then crying and then barking. Once he fixates (it takes less than a second) it's difficult to redirect him. This behavior was one of the main reasons why Seven and I signed up for our dog class. I will talk more about this in a coming post but, one thing I've been doing is avoiding high dog areas as I do not want to reinforce his current leash behavior when he sees/hears a dog.
So, we have a wooded park not to far from our house and Seven and I have been heading over there early in the morning before most folks are up and out with their dogs.
This has been a great spot to take Seven as there's lots for him to see, smell and because it has lots of stairs and steep hills we both get a good workout.
And off we go...
We start our descent into the woods
Lots to smell
"Come on foster mom, keep up!"
On terrier alert!
He hears critters
Watching and waiting
"No critters here, lets get moving!"
A fallen tree that he doesn't hesitate to climb
You can see in this picture how his upper lip get stuck on his lower tooth. His lower tooth jets out which does give the appearance of him doing a lip curl which he's not.
"How do I look on this log?"
"Why are you complaining about the stairs foster mom - we can do them!"
We check out a bridge
Seven curious about what he sees & hears...
And what does he see and hear - a small waterfall in the distance.
Of course we had to get over there and check it out!
"Ok time to get moving"
And Seven is on the trail of a critter - he's a mover!
"I almost caught you!!"
And then he finds this...
"Foster mom do you see this?!"
He was very interested in whatever made this hole!
Pretty boy is watching the birds and foster mom is tired.
Looking good Seven!
"No more breaks, lets keep going"
"This is a ton of fun - lets do it again tomorrow"