Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Throw back series - Part 4 - Elwha River

In case you missed them, here are the previous posts in this series:

Lake Crescent

We stopped to explore a small section of the Elwha.  Here's more information about this amazing river:  Visiting the Elwha: Explore a river transformed

There were a number of people and dogs at this trail head so, Viva needed to stay in the car due to her dog reactivity.
D'light was ready to see what was going on.

Lots and lots of green!



D'light wasn't real thrilled with all greenery at face level.




A pretty spot and you could spend a couple of days in this area exploring the Elwha.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Throw back series - Part 3 - Lake Crescent

Next stop was to visit Lake Crescent which is in the Olympic National Park.  It's a beautiful lake with lots of hiking all around the lake. 
The water color is beyond amazing.
There were a lot of ducks with their babies on and near the lake.  Given how much Viva loves to chase birds we had stay in the car.  D'light doesn't bother birds so he came along.

A lovely view!

Momma ducks and babies
Lots to take in


Time to head to the next stop.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Throw back series - Part 2 - Port Angeles

Off we go!

Viva and I went first across this grate (which she could care less about). You can see D'light was a bit worried with the grating.  Brett waits for D'light to make some decisions.

Viva comes back and says "It's ok D'light."

D'light does decide to move forward and you can see the worry on his face.  Once he was across he was given tons of verbal reinforcement and food reinforcement.
And he then went back on the grating to look over the side.

Viva says "Good job D'light!"

D'light making the choice to cross the grating was a big deal for him.  Again, we never force him to do something like this.  Here you can see he does a stress shake off post grate walking.  He gets a boost of confidence for his decisions and we give him lots of reinforcement for his choices.

All good and he decides it's time to keep exploring.

Lots of neat stuff to see


We head into downtown and Viva did great.  While in foster care we did a lot of behavioral work with Viva.  When she first came to us she was reactive to people and dogs.  When she left us, her reactivity to people was all gone.  She was still reactive when seeing unknown dogs but, her family knew that and were on board with continuing that work.

We found this odd piece of art work

More art!

Farmers market and no dogs allowed


Time to head back to the car and head to our next destination.