Another brag about Deja, my heart dog. We live close to forest trails and I have resumed bike riding after having healed from back surgery. Yeah!!! I have never competed in obedience or anything competition related sports with Deja. But I do work and play with her (isn't that the same?) on a regular bases in the real world. The result is a super obedient, flexible and socialized dog. Today I biked the forest trails in the cooler morning with her. Had to cover half a mile of country roads on which she stays next to me. On the trails we met several people and stopped for a chat with them. One couple was walking (not riding) a young horse. I stopped, called Deja who always runs ahead of me on trails, she sat next to me all the time, completely ignoring people and horse. Same when I met an old dog training client who had grown frail and walked with a cane. Her wolf dog, I helped her with years ago, had to be put down, due to people's complaints so we chatted about that. She admired my wolfy-looking dog as she put it. Then catching up from behind with jogging people on a narrow trail. Deja wears a jingle bell to alert people (and cougars!). I called her next to me, and we passed them without her taking a second look at them. On the way she cooled off in the creeks on regular intervals, even asked for ball play which I happily obeyed. During one stop, she evidently had lost her jingle bell, and showed up with it as she came out of the creek and gave it to me. Just before the sun broke through, we were home after about an hour. All that time she was never leashed, did everything instantly what I asked from her and never needed a correction. She is not a mindless following robot and definitely enjoys the scents and sights of nature because I allow her that time. As I am writing this she is sleeping on the cool floor. This was a super day. You probably can guess how much I love that dog. She is 5.5 years old, going strong and healthy. Can't and don't want to imagine life without her. There is nothing I want to change about her.
I wish for everyone a bond like that. OK, enough bragging and sweet-talk. Enjoy your dogs! Work and play, be fair and consistent and laugh about the crazy pups and adolescents (but don't let them get away with 'stuf'). Have a good day everyone!
Sounds like a good day out with Deja! Did you find an ebike you liked?
I am still shopping around. I like my current bike and there are kits available to attach to your own regular bike, turning it electric, so that is an option too. In the meantime I have to work those hills! But will go electric for sure. We actually have a new store in town, specialized in only E-bikes. They also know all the trails out here, very exciting.