These are some photos I took of Shelagh’s ongoing training in walking and socialisation skills. She’s a “mature student” at 3 years of age, having missed out on puppy classes…but I’m proud of the progress she’s made in such a short space of time. She really has come forward in leaps and bounds. I feel like such an idiot for neglecting Shelagh’s puppy education, but at least we’re making up for lost time now. Better late than never!
Shelagh’s 1st outing to a Frozen Yogurt outlet, Tutti Frutti, on the Rockingham foreshore. She’s wearing a step-in harness from City Farmers; we tried out at least a dozen different types and this was the easiest to put on. Here the lead attached to the harness is secured around the legs of the table we’re sitting at. I’ve also got a chain lead attached to Shelagh’s collar. I found that with 2 leads, a shorter one attached to her collar, a longer one attached to her harness, I can effectively “steer” Shelagh and also discourage pulling. In the left corner of the photo you can just about see Scruffy wearing his red harness. It’s more of an affair getting that harness on, as it’s one where there are 2 loops – 1 for the head, 1 for the chest, connected by a strap with a metal ring the lead clips on to.
3rd outing in the park. No other dogs were around. I unclipped the chain lead from Shelagh’s collar but left the purple lead on, to trail behind her as she moved about, to remind her she was still on a lead. (And to allow for easy capture, if she decided to run off). So far, so good. Note her tail is still tucked under, as she is still unsure of herself.
I still can’t believe how far Shelagh has come in just a few short weeks, from lunging on the lead, to enjoying off-lead walks in the park.
Next stop: meeting other dogs. A truly scary prospect. So far, the only other dog Shelagh has “met” was a puppy.