Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Unsure of what to allow and what not to allow?
This evening Stark and I went for a walk around the mall, it wasn't too busy and it was cold (jackets required in July?) out so I thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce a new place to Stark and not overwhelm him at the same time.
He did very well, no one came over to pet him (which surprised me)but he had plenty of onlookers. We even had 4 cars stop us and ask his age, name and to see if he was Purebred.. Haha.. The top 3 questions I get asked ALL the time.. Haha.
But my question is, when out in a new place, especially high traffic (both people and cars) what amount of sniffing and exploring do you allow? If he finds a "good spot" to sniff how long should I allow him to explore that area - until he is finished or for a few seconds before moving on? He is really good on a leash, a bit laggy when there are some more fun things happening (birds, dogs, kids, etc.. Haha) but obviously that's expected at his age.
I had him on his 4 foot leash and had it basically wrapped up next to me tight and encouraged him (with treats and praise - people probably thought I was crazy with all the high pitched "good boys" and "heels" I was doing) to follow right by my side. When there weren't too many people or where somewhere where there weren't alot of cars I let the leash go loose.
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