Yesterday I finally got the chance to take Kody to a park/hiking trail! I was able to buy an airline crate of the perfect size (for dogs up to 60 lbs; Kody is 59-60 lbs) last week. Side note: It fit in my dad's car, which I was happy about, but even better, I got a new car yesterday and it's literally the same make, model, year, and color as my old car, but a hatchback lol. Thought that was funny. But the point is, since it's a hatchback, I'm almost positive the crate should fit in my car too! It probably wouldn't have fit in my old car tbh.
Anyways, I took Kody to the Bob Woodruff Park in Plano (I live in Mckinney, if anyone else is in the North Dallas area!) for about an hour and 15 minutes. He ran circles and barked his head off in the crate a good 70-75% of the time we were in the car (the place was 30 minutes away). He was a lot better whenever there weren't any cars on either side of us that he could see. Maybe it would help to get something to cover up the back windows so he won't be able to see the cars? Like maybe those things people put up so the sun won't get in their kids eyes (anyone remember having those? lol)? So, sometimes he would calm down and lie down in the crate, but most of the time he was barking. Hurt my ears quite a bit.
Once we got there, I put his prong on and attached two leashes together to give him some more freedom since there weren't too many other people there and I wanted him to get some excersize. We got to see someone riding a horse with their white boxer following them! The dog didn't look leashed, which made me nervous at first, but we kept our distance and their dog had no interest in coming anywhere near us luckily. When I saw Kody start staring intently at the other dog and the horse, I distracted him with his tug toy and he was completely fine (yay!). We probably stayed a good hundred or couple hundred feet from them the whole time though.
We went over some basic obedience (sitz, platz, bleib, hier) in the large open park area, using his tug toy as a reward. The only other people there were 5-6 kids a little ways away from us, but even when we walked by them Kody was only mildly interested in them (he's never shown human aggression, but for some reason he would bark at people who tried to watch him while we were training in PetCo when we took classes there several months ago). His stays are SO good. I wasn't timing myself that time, but next time we work I'll try to start working our way up to a minute, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes. I stepped away from him about 30 feet for our stays. I probably could have gone farther, but I wanted to be able to step on the leash easily if I had to.
I had him fus on the paved walkway to the hiking trail and a biker passed us and he wasn't even phased
. I need to work on his hier and fus a little more though; I had to correct him several times during fus. Once we made it to the hiking/nature trail, I let him trail ahead and sniff around and such. I just made him fus the last 10 minutes or so back to the car when we were done.
Overall, it was a good trip
. We have a consultation with a trainer tomorrow at 5 to help us work on his dog aggression and nail his CGC.