Happy FitDog Friday!
You know, it is hard to believe it but this is actually the first FitDog Friday we have participated in since the beginning of 2015! Ironically, true to the theme of “Get Fit with Your Pet Month,” we’ve been staying really active since the new year has kicked off, so we’re certainly excited to report back in today!
Mama and Papa are both participating in a paleolithic diet challenge, as well as some physical fitness challenges throughout the month. This has meant going out every day with Gilligan, and actually on at least as many runs as walks! Our host SlimDoggy shares great information on running with your dog, including on today’s post.
As today’s title suggests, we’ll be showing you a “short leash” technique designed to help Gilligan obtain a higher level of walking etiquette over time, as well as to help better manage some of the behaviors that need correction, such as Gilligan’s tendency to be distracted by emerging strangers and [especially] other dogs on the scene when out for a walk or a run. Check out the technique below!
Another tactic in Gilligan’s training lately has involved walking him in to the middle of the local town center, where there are typically a lot of people walking around, as well as the occasional dog or two. This is meant as a sort of “exposure therapy” to help deal with some of the social challenges Gilligan struggles with. The short leash technique has come in handy here too, as it makes keeping Gilly at bay very easy, which is especially important if he starts displaying discomfort or barking towards anyone during this exercise.
As we’ve shared with you recently, the use of broccoli as a low value/high frequency treat has worked wonders on Gilly’s progress as well. We highly recommend it!
On a bit of a random note, we are especially hopeful about this weekend because there is, finally, some substantial snow in the forecast for tomorrow! If you’ve tuned in for a few of our recent posts, you’ll note that we’ve made some observations about how the weather this year has been weirdly warm for this area of New England. We’ve heard from a lot of you who have noted that this year has been a “warm one” for you as well, despite short spells of chilling winds that a lot of us in North America have gotten. Anyhoo, Gilly’s paws are crossed in hopes that we’ll soon have some fresh photos and video to show you of some upcoming snow adventures!
We’ll also soon be publishing our official review of the lovely Plush Dachshund Harness that you’ve seen Gilligan wearing in this and other posts, so tune in and tell a dachshund lover you know. They won’t want to miss out!
Until then! 😀
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