A Night Out with Alex

The image is mine.
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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@ridingbet (60700)
• Philippines
26 Apr 17
i presume you are that lady in the picture, with Alex in the leash, right? isn't it dangerous to have evening walks?
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26 Apr 17
Yes its me. And no its not dangerous. We were walking outside the provincial Capitol and there were security roving around. The only dangerous thing would be stray dogs because they can smell Alex even afar.
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@ridingbet (60700)
• Philippines
27 Apr 17
@diosabella provincial capitol- so this means your capitol is near, or in your city's vicinity? our provincial capitol is situated an top of a hill.
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27 Apr 17
@ridingbet Yes. The capitol is in my town and no, we are not city yet. I don't think we can be a city anytime soon.
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@LadyDuck (182331)
• Switzerland
4 May 17
Your dog is lovely, so cute! Congratulations for your collage puzzle very well done. I have no experience walking a dog, I never had one.
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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.
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@LadyDuck (182331)
• Switzerland
4 May 17
@diosabella I am sure he will become a big dog. Do not bring him around without a leash, he can be hit by a car.
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.
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@ShifaLk (8515)
• India
25 Apr 17
What? Alex is a dog? Omg... Hahaa First I thought that's a friend, then i thought that's a player you love Lol Lol Lol That's you in the picture??? I am dying to see your face...
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25 Apr 17
Yup! Alex is a dog. What did you think huh? Yes thats my back on the picture. My nephew took a lot of photos while we were walking. You haven't seen my picture yet. Maybe soon.
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@ShifaLk (8515)
• India
26 Apr 17
@diosabella LoL. The way you describe Alex...it doesn't seem like a dog at all haha... Thanks, I'll be waiting
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26 Apr 17
@ShifaLk Alex is the baby of the family. He's more like my baby bro and not a pet. Mom is over gaga with him. You will see before my birthday.
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@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
23 Apr 17
I usually go on evening walks with my dog and he loves it so much. Havea good time with Alex
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24 Apr 17
What kind of dog you have?
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24 Apr 17
@HAPPSINGH Your doing it again ...
@Nawsheen (22955)
• Mauritius
24 Apr 17
It is a German Shepherd. What about yours?
@bluesa (15212)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Apr 17
@diosabella , Alex is too cute! And it's wonderful you are well equipped for a walk with him :)
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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.
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@bluesa (15212)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
27 Apr 17
@diosabella , you planned well, it is the right time to teach him. :)
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.
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
24 Apr 17
haha, you sound like you belongs to Alex when you bring him out for a walk. He sure can control the walking pace, as well as stopping at each spot of stagnant water.
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24 Apr 17
He's still in training. I wonder why he doesn't like to walk a long the water. He seems scared of it or feeling disgusted by it. We have no problem in the house or outside the house but when we leave the gate the water issue started.
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
24 Apr 17
@diosabella I wonder if he has a bad experience with water. perhaps he was forced to take a shower or a bath when he was young.
24 Apr 17
@scheng1 He's okay with bathing. He has no trouble when we play water outside. I think he just don't like the smell of the dirty water outside. He looked stressed last night.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun 17
I remember when our dog (long deceased) was a puppy - oncw we put the lead on her she refused to budge! It took a few weeks before she was comfortable on the lead.
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12 Jun 17
Alex thinks he's the boss until I don't budge with him biting his leash. But he is getting it.
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• Hyderabad, India
17 May 17
Every one learn thing new when we spend time with pet , more time u give it easy to handle thing with u pet . at least u are give some quality time to u pet u love ,
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22 May 17
Its nice and very relaxing. I also have time to play with him. He's very energetic.
@jstory07 (71214)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 May 17
I hope you both have a good walk together.
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4 May 17
We had. Too bad we can't go out that much. I'm not sure if Alex caught a tick from out side because he had a break out after few days.
@PatZAnthony (13118)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Apr 17
It is interesting that Alex does not care for the stagnant water. He knows something we don't @diosabella
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1 May 17
He doesn't like the water that was coming from a barber shop. I really have to carry him just to get over it. He hates it so much. I think the smell is that bad for him if its so bad for us.
@Jackalyn (7172)
• Oxford, England
23 Apr 17
I am sure Alex will enjoy walkies anyway. Be careful.oif you have an extending leash. The other day a friend rang. The dog she was walking had run in circles round her...
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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.
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@DianneN (87820)
• United States
25 Apr 17
It sounds like you are doing all the right things. He seems like a good dog and is so well loved. Love your photo collage!
25 Apr 17
Thank you! Alex could be a handful when he wanted to. Ive' been trying my hands with all different photo apps. Beats the complication of using complicated photoshop.
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@DianneN (87820)
• United States
26 Apr 17
@diosabella Which apps are you using? This is super!!!!!
@DianneN (87820)
• United States
26 Apr 17
@diosabella Thank you! I will look at the ones available on my phone.
@just4him (128627)
• 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.
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@just4him (128627)
• 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.
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• United States
11 May 17
Ha I never thought walking a dog could be so detailed. Good job here Sasha. Was it fun though?
11 May 17
It was one. Even the time that some dogs wanted to chase us. We just run as fast as we can.
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• United States
11 May 17
@diosabella Oh no dogs chasing you too?
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!
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@1hopefulman (33610)
• Canada
22 Jun 17
I remember when I had a dog and went for a walk and sometimes a run as he loved to run, it was always an adventure as to what he would do or wouldn't want to do. Have fun!
23 Jun 17
Every time we get to the side of the provincial capitol I have to get ready because Alex will surely run so fast. Aand its really hard to keep up with him now. His legs are so long.
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@1hopefulman (33610)
• Canada
23 Jun 17
@diosabella Dogs can run pretty fast. Make sure you have a good leash to keep him in tow.
25 Jun 17
@1hopefulman Yup. Its big and sturdy too.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
27 Jun 17
So Alex is a dog! Reading your title, I thought he was an infant boy.
2 Jul 17
Well he is a baby dog that doesn't look like a baby anymore now. Got you!
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
4 Jul 17
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@allknowing (70755)
• India
5 May 17
I am so happy for Alex. He is treated royally. May your tribe increase
5 May 17
I think I'm fine with just one dog. He's a handful. But very lovable. Alex is my mom's new baby.
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@allknowing (70755)
• India
5 May 17
@diosabella Whenever I use that expression 'May your tribe increase' many have not understood it. It means there should be more like you in the world.
5 May 17
@allknowing Now I get it. Thanks for the compliment.
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@Kuttu_007 (1164)
• India
23 Apr 17
Having a dog as a pet is really a nice company...
23 Apr 17
It is. Alex is fun to be with. He's kind of funny too making faces with new things he encountered.
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@Kuttu_007 (1164)
• India
23 Apr 17
@diosabella sounds like he is a good dog..
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24 Apr 17
@Kuttu_007 He is most of the time. But he's turning to be bossy. As I understand this is his teenage phase. He's rebelling by taking his leash on the lead and all sorts of things. But he needs to be obedient.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26745)
• United States
20 Jun 17
Our dog doesn't enjoy a leash much. Sometimes she just refuses to walk
22 Jun 17
Yup. Alex keep tagging the leash. He likes to lead to which I don't permit.
@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
18 Jun 17
Wonderful photos you shared with us!!!!! You are such a good dog owner!!!!
20 Jun 17
Thank you! And I don't feel like I'm his owner. Alex is more like my kid brother. And Mom spoil him rotten.
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