Took Spencer out in the pouring rain this afternoon. Once we got to the fields the sun came out and I bloody roasted! Not warm enough to not wear a jacket but too warm for the big coat I had put on coz it was cold and rainy. Oddly though, the grass wasn’t wet. Or at least my feet and the long line didn’t get wet. Very strange.
Had a bit of a blip with the recall today. Spencer went the wrong way around a tree and as usual I dropped the line and called him to me. He ignored me and started to run. Now okay, he doesn’t run anywhere near as fast as Rupert did but anyone who’s ever seen me attempt to run will crack up at the mere thought of me chasing even an elderly, obese Labrador never mind one who’s young and fit! Thankfully though it didn’t come to me having to chase him at all. I have no idea why he decided to run but he just as quickly decided to stop and come back to me once he’d run up and down for a few minutes. Recall before and after that was perfect. Just a Kevin moment I guess. He’s still checking in and has started offering a sit when he does so too. He’s a bit like a boomerang sometimes, I send him away, he goes running away then comes flying back to me. He does still go off and sniff and jump ditches and fallen trees and splash in the streams but he makes sure to come and check in regularly too. I usually put a cup of his daily food in my treat bag, mix in a bit of cheese and garlic sausage and use that to reward him on walks. Saves me having to cut down on how much of his regular food I feed and the mixture of high value and not so high value keeps him guessing. Plus I sometimes throw his ball instead of giving him a treat.
And today, for the first time, we had a loose dog come charging up to us. Yes I kind of went “oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!”, 8 years of living with an extremely aggressive dog doesn’t go away that easily and while I’m fine at passing other dogs now having an unknown one charging towards us off leash is a different matter. Spen was also a bit wary, I’m not sure whether picking up on my worry or whether because it just charged straight up to him and got in his face. There were raised hackles on both sides at first but no aggression and the loose dog and Spencer had a bit of a play until its owner caught up and leashed it.
Got home from our walk after about an hour and a half and what did Spencer do? Did he chill out? Did he sleep? Did he hell, he picked up a pink squeaky hedgehog that belonged to my first dog, Shadow, and got the zoomies all around the flat. Computer went flying, dvds went flying, books went flying. I sat on my chair hoping to god he didn’t crash into me and send me flying too! He’s asleep now and despite being absolutely filthy on the walk is actually looking pretty clean. Typical teenage boy though, his neck is dirty lol.
And a picture of him recalling. Okay, so he doesn’t come running back at the speed of light, it’s more of a trot, but he does respond quickly and comes straight to me. I can live with that.