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Old 01-03-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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Well this afternoon I thought I would walk the dogs over the park and do a bit of training with them.

I took Mitchell and Mr Trevor first. Mitchell has realised he is a boy dog now, he cocks his leg sometimes and wants to sniff every bush, gate, lamp. So now he pulls alot if I am not one on one with him. My treats are not as interesting as they used to the be now the world is a bigger place. So I got dragged most of the way to the park a walk of only 5mins.
I let them both of and they raced across the grass heading straight towards a group of four people with three off lead dogs...... This was because they were the only other visible PEOPLE in the park and Mitchell just has to say Hi to any and every human being, so Trevor followed him instead of doing his usual scent marking.
I knew in a split second this was probably going to lead to a very embarrassing situation. In the next split second my eyes focused properly on the people and I saw it was four Hearing Dog Trainers with three Dogs in Training Oh how I wished for teleporting capabilities........... ...........
I got out me whistle and I whistled my return right now whistle........both of them turned on a sixpence and came racing back towards me, I was so surprised but very pleased. I thought ok we will walk up the other side of the park, the HD trainers are probably just letting the dogs have a tiolet break before going into town to practise and train. NO I was wrong, it seemed they were just taking the dogs for an off lead walk, perhaps after having been in town I thought to myself. So as we got to the top of the park I continued my circuit which would mean we would pass the others as they were going anti clockwise and myself clockwise. I didnt forsee this being a problem as the dogs would just mingle and then follow me on the way round. Yes they were fine with the dogs but the trainers stopped and called their dogs in. Not Good. Mitchell realised that not only were these human beings he hadnt said Hi to yet but they had biscuits. He got to the trainers, dropped straight into a sit in front of one of them, I breathed a sigh of relief and then, as no-one rewarded Mitchell for his fantastic behaviour, he started to leap up at the trainers covering their jeans in his muddy pawprints.

Well I walked on saying Hello as I know all four of them and apologising for Mitchells eagerness and pawprints and the dogs followed me, I was feeling a little hot at this stage The HD trainers stayed at that end of the park and were practising off lead sit and down stays aswell as heelwork. As they were using clickers Mr Trevor was very interested in what they were doing, so to distract him I had to give him some finding to do, hiding my target stick and getting him to find it . He loves that game. Mitchell kept trying to interfere and take the stick from Trevor when he found it so I had to tell him no - he didnt like that so next time my back was turned, and I am talking for MOMENTS, he raced off across the park and by the time I had him in eyeshot again he was trying to mount one of the Labs a HD trainer was working with. I called him, he ignored me. I called him again trying my best to sound exciting and interesting, he looked at me in that You- Have- Got- To- Be- Joking kind of way and carried on with what he was doing. I was getting hot again. The trainer detatched Mitchell from her Lab and pointed him to face me so he returned when I called - I had to reward him. I walked on a bit with them off lead and then called them in and went home to swop dogs.
My intentions had been to go home and get Byron and Tizer but as it was a bit drizzly I knew Tizer would prefer not to go out and he is only 11 weeks old so I just took Byron. When we got to the park there were no other dogs so Byron and I were just plodding along with me calling him in and rewarding him and letting him go off again, running with him, playing chase with him.......lovely. Then he was racing off, I followed his flight path with my eyes to see two tabby cats the other side of the stream outside what was quite obviously their back door. They just sat there until Byron was in the stream and on his way up the bank before they moved like the proverbial off a hot shovel. He slipped on the muddy bank came crashing down on his hip in a really awkward manner but recovered himself and was hurtling towards the OPEN door the cats had just gone into.

I had visions of very large third party insurance claims.

This thought had just crossed my mind as Byron reached the said doorway and the door was slammed in his face just centimetres away from his nose. I called him he turned to come back and was on three legs. He came back across the stream and he had cut the inside of the lower part of one back leg, like a flap, not very deep and no blood. I put his lead on and took a slow walk home incase he had twisted his foot/ankle or something aswell and to clean the cuts. He was uncomfortable walking home.

I have cleaned up the wounds, he made it difficult by constantly moving about to prevent me being able to get to the wounds. I did not want to lift the leg up incase it would hurt him more. So he has been resting now for the last couple of hours on the sofa. I will see how his movement is out in the garden tomorrow. There is no swelling and he was putting weight on it when having a drink a while ago. Silly Byron.
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What a day! Dogs you have to love them, they keep us young ! LOL!!!

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Cool story. Hope Bryon's leg feels better soon.
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Riobear...sorry about what happened to you and your dogs....but just my opinion..... This is what happens when you do not have control of your dog and let it off leash in a public area....an animal is an animal.... Sorry but this is a pet peeve of mine.....to many accidents can happen....even if your dog is well trained the other might not be.....
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Riobear...sorry about what happened to you and your dogs....but just my opinion..... This is what happens when you do not have control of your dog and let it off leash in a public area....an animal is an animal.... Sorry but this is a pet peeve of mine.....to many accidents can happen....even if your dog is well trained the other might not be.....
Yes I have to say not a typical walk for me thank goodness. I have to remember that I am new to you guys, Mitchell is my present Hearing Dog Puppy, I socialise for them full time, so it was almost doubly embarrassing but I knew they would understand somewhat as Mitchell is just 5 months old. Mitchells recall has been really the best up until about 10 days ago, we have been winners in several Temptation Alley Challenges now he is older I am not alwys the centre of his world. I think I am going to start using a long line on him when out in the park and some other places I walk until his recall is reliable again, which will probably be sometime after he is castrated in a month or so.

Byron seems to be using his foot/leg ok round the house, the loose flaps of skin look a little swollen but the wounds are clean and not red. If I dont like the look of it at any time he will be off down the vets.
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