As I've mentioned before, Thumper is a handful when he's on a walk (or pretty much any other time, I guess). I've had a couple of incidents with him recently that have left me a bit wary of taking him for a walk:
- First, I took him to the vet for a checkup, and before I could get the door open good and grab his leash, Dumba$$ jumped out of the car and took off running across the vet's parking lot, which is on a very busy street. I chased after him, finally caught him by stepping on his leash (Ha! Good thinking, I thought), which brought him to a rapid halt while I tripped head first over him, in the vet's parking lot as she was driving up from her lunch break, no less. Beyond the embarassment this entire sequence of events caused me, he then wiggled out of his harness as I was trying to gather my wits and get my head to stop spinning (a fall like that is really disorienting when you are older than 2, I guess). We (the vet and me) finally got him to calm down, at which point I realized I had REALLY banged up my knees. This is the reason I had to stop training for the 5K that is THIS WEEKEND.
- Second, after taking a couple of weeks off for my knees to feel better, I tried to resume walking with him. Thumper is the best running/walking partner...he doesn't fade after 1/2 mile like Lightning does. So off we go one night, Thumper in his harness, me holding the leash, for our "test" session. About 3 blocks from home, he decided to go mark a light pole, and he walked around the light pole and got himself tangled up. I was completely unprepared for what came next - when he sensed he was "caught", he freaked out, started jumping around, and got out of his harness again. I jumped forward, intending to grab him by the collar and calm him down, but I ended up on my knees in the street, comforting a freaked out dog. That was the second reason I had to stop training for the 5K, and was pretty much the last straw in me walking him for awhile.
It worked well. I was less worried the whole time. Yay. He was still a handful (so much energy!), and I found myself looking at the two leashes connected to him as he bobbled ahead me. The things we do...I had to laugh when I thought, "So this is how the balloon walkers in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade feel when they are tethered to the Snoopy balloon!" haha..
Thumper started obedience training this week and is doing better already. My dog trainer friend thinks he may have a future in agility. Notice she didn't say "Obedience"?
Have a good day. Hope your weekend was wonderful.