A Night Out with Alex
April 23, 2017 10:49am CST
Its been awhile now and Alex is four months old. Its time to get him in a leash and walk with me at night few times a week. I thought walking a dog would be easy. Its not! There were plenty of things to consider when walking a dog. 1. The collar and the leash. - Alex have his collar for a long time now. So he doesn't really mind it anymore. And I bought him a leash that hugs his body. I don't want to leash him using his collar because I don't want him to get uncomfortable and get choke too. We also had some practice outside the house before venturing out. 2. Things to bring. - I pack a bag of water bottle and treats for him. He might get thirsty from walking. And brown bag for poop. Its embarrassing and rude if some one stepped on his poop. Even he is 4 months old anything can happen even I made sure that he pooped before we go out. 2. The route to take. - Need to know which is the safest so Alex won't freak out. The sounds of cars and other things are not new too him but too many could make him very excited or nervous. 3. If there were stray dogs. - Its overwhelming. Some dogs could be vicious. Its a good thing I can still carry him. I don't think Alex can survive an encounter from older dogs. And we encountered several and they tried to intimidate us. 4. Stagnant water - I'm so puzzled with this. Every time we get near with any stagnant water or if there's water somewhere, Alex just sit and don't want to walk at all. We tried to coax him with treats and laser lights. And when we get him to walk he wanted to get as far of it as possible. All in all its an interesting night for us. I learned a lot. We will go out soon again. (PS. I'm not an expert I just did what I read, what the vet recommended and tips from dog breeders I encountered while buying dog foods and other dog stuff)
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4 May 17
He's not so cute anymore. He's getting bigger and bigger everyday. I think its a matter of time and he could be as tall as I am when he stands. Thank for liking my collage. I'm getting use using an app to make this. This was my first time to walk a dog. We had dogs before but my family just let them roam around the house. And they don't like leash. My dad don't believe in them. But without a leash I'm not sure it will be safe for Alex to go out with me.
4 May 17
@LadyDuck Yes. He's a Labrador mix. I'm thinking of buying a new leash soon. because he's body is expanding. He loves people too. He likes to rush on people and be friendly with them. I know some people might think he will attack them so the leash helps restraining his excitement. And yes, I also don't want him to be hit by a car or worse a big truck.
27 Apr 17
I've been planning it for months. I want him to enjoy going outside and meet other dogs. And I think its a good training for him too. How to behave and all. He's gonna be a big dog and I wanted to take control of his behavior while he's still young.
28 Apr 17
@bluesa Thank you. Alex is a labrador mix. I'm not so sure what's his mixed with, he was given to me when he was 6 weeks old. But looking at him at 4 mos old he's quite big. And good behavior has to start now because I don't know if my parents could handle him when he gets bigger.
23 Apr 17
He enjoyed it very much. There was even a time that he runs a little. He was very excited exploring around. His leash is ordinary. I bought it because I still need to train him and I don't know how to use the extending leash yet. Thank you for telling me about that, I will have to considered that the next time I have to buy Alex a new leash.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Jun 17
Your comment about the leash interested me. I've always attached the leash to the collar. It doesn't hurt them, and you have better control of the dog. I never held it tight, but gave him/her, I had two dogs, not at the same time - free rein of the leash. Dogs like water, any kind of water. It's just the way they are.
25 Jun 17
Inside the house, I leash him on his collar. But when we go out in the street, I find it very convenient to easily grab him when I use the body collar and put him in my arms. I can't help it because there's a lot of stray dogs around that wants to attack him. I know that he's growing quite a bit too, but he's too friendly. Alex likes water too. He's okay with bath and water puddles outside our yard. But we go out and there's puddle in the street, he wouldn't lile to cross it or anything he just sit. Needs lots of coaxing to make him move and when he does he likes it to be away of it as much as possible. I'm not really sure why.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jun 17
@diosabella That is strange behavior to just sit in it and then want nothing to do with it when you coax him from it. So then you have a harness for your dog. I wondered what you were talking about. I had one of those for one of my dogs who could get out of every collar he had. Including that one. I finally found a leather collar worked for him. He didn't try to get out of it.
26 Jun 17
@just4him Mine too. I think Alex got a bit uncomfortable about it but I found a collar and a new harness thats okay for him. Now when ever I show him, he automatically sit, wagging his tail and waiting for me to fit it on him so we can go out. But the water episodes still a mystery to me.
11 May 17
@TiarasOceanView We are at least 50 meters away but dogs can smell other dogs. So once we spotted one we run away as fast as we can. Its a good exercise though. But if the dog was already near I just carry Alex. But now I don't think I can carry him anymore. He's too big!