08/18/2016 at 3:59 am #18835Kathy SimmsParticipant
I was on the call Sat for a short time, but got to hear your question with Maddie and immediately connected with her. I had my hand raised to talk but was not called upon so decided to write and tell you what and adorable girl you have there. I connected immediately and she came running to me, jumped up onto my lap, stood up and started licking and kissing my face.
She was so excited and exuberant. She had me laughing so much. I decided to jump right in and asked her why she didn’t want to go her walks.
She very seriously said “its a big scary world out there and I’m so little” I said but you have your owner with you (couldn’t think of your name at that time) . She was quiet for just a moment but then said “but she’s not a dog”
She just doesn’t feel that secure with you and would like to have a canine walking companion.
I was going to tell you how to walk with her and what to do, a couple others spoke up about including Val and they did a pretty good job. Just want to tell you that you have to keep up a running commentary while walking, and keep a light happy voice while doing it. Oh look at this mailbox. and go up and pet it, look at these pretty flowers, oh what is this? etc and just keep it up. YOU have to be happy and excited and that helps get her curious about the things. I used to take mine everywhere, the bank, the cleaners, Blockbuster, Kinkos, everywhere. I figured if wasn’t posted then it was ok, if they wanted us to leave we would. But no one ever asked us to leave.
Dog parks can be overwhelming for them, and if there ever should be an altercation at one it would leave a lasting impression. Walk around on the outside is a good idea. Also if you can find a good doggie daycare, that would be good for a couple hours a day or week. But take her to different places and keep it interesting. Yes, get in the car and drive to a neat place to visit.
She is a love of a girl and you will have a lot of fun with her.
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