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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Learning Curve

Today was the second day of my learning curve. Yes, even the owners of labs must learn a think or two. (smile) For me, it was how to take two dogs for a walk when one pulls all the time and one stops all the time. (laugh) It was quite funny but when I reached two doors down, I realized that Dakota didn't have her prong collar on and that was why there was so much pulling. We turned around, walked home, and got that "necklace" on her. Needless to say, she doesn't like having it put on but she doesn't have much of a choice. Contrary to public belief, if properly fitted and worn correctly for training purposes only, the prong collar works extremely well and doesn't hurt the dog at all.

We only go around the block since young pups aren't supposed to do a lot of walking on hard surfaces when they are still growing. Long walks on hard surfaces for large breed dogs can lead to hips problems and those are not only expensive to fix but quite painful for the pups as they get older. For the first 6-months, short walks are okay but never a long walk. Since we adore our girls, we listen to the vets and pay attention to what they need. In this case, with the nice warm weather we had today, they, and I, needed this walk!



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