the joys of Go4aWalk? day #139 ~ Calgary pet photography

the

joys of

Go4aWalk? day #139 . . .

day #139 complete . . . took Jake on a pack dog walk for about 35 minutes just before a spring micro-burst began in our Calgary neighbourhood.  there were lots of dark clouds on the horizon, gusting winds and the strong smell of rain in the air.  we could see the approaching storm was only minutes away.

when we first adopted Jake from the Cochrane and Area Humane Society (almost 3 years ago) he was deathly afraid of rain, dark clouds and thunderstorms.  he would hide under furniture, shake uncontrollably and would not go outside.  we have since been slowly and carefully working with him to build his confidence.

at first, Jake was anxious on the walk, but he wasn’t shaking and actually left the house.  lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement has helped him to slowly overcome his fears.  here he is in full on border-collie-walking-with-a-purpose mode . . .  😉

. . . working with our pets to overcome their fears can be

challenging & takes lots of time & patience but

the bond & trust that it builds is

well worth

it.

🙂

the joys of Go4aWalk? day #138 ~ Calgary pet photography

the

joys of

Go4aWalk? day #138 . . .

day #138 complete . . . took Jake on a walk that lasted about an hour.  we both wore our backpacks.  by slowly increasing the amount of weight we carry we will be ready for the summer season of longer hikes.

wearing his doggy backpack Jake receives both a mental and physical challenge.  he LOVES having a job and gets very focused.  he doesn’t like stopping to chat. 😉

. . . we are all looking forward to the

longer hiking

season.

🙂

the joys of Go4aWalk? day #137 ~ Calgary pet photography

the

joys of

Go4aWalk? day #137 . . .

day #137 complete . . . walked for over an hour to the pet store via a new route and back.

by giving your dog new experiences you provide them with mental stimulation and if done in a positive environment it can build your dog’s confidence.

after particularly good walks this is the position Jake usually takes . . .   😉

. . . as the saying goes:

a tired dog is a

happy

dog.

🙂

photographed with the iPod Touch