|Barked: Tue Oct 16, '12 9:48pm PST |
|Well, now I know what gets her going on walks! As we went out tonight to go potty and try for a longer walk, we had a very funny surprise.
After she did her business and just as I was about to get truly silly in my attempts to get her excited, Leia got very alert and focused on something off to my left in the parking lot. I couldn't see anything, so I let her lead me over to one of the parked cars, where she started sniffing intently and crouching down to look underneath. I got down to look as well, and sure enough, there was a very surly-looking orange tabby cat hiding there! Now, Leia is usually great with cats - she lived with one in her previous home with no problems, and has met our free-roaming neighbor cats with a simple sniff and then looked away. But this one was different for some reason. She didn't growl or bark, but was just very, very interested. Finally, the cat had enough and took off for the other side of the street. Leia bounded up to the end of the leash and popped into a perfect point After that, she was definitely eager to walk - so eager I even started running to keep up with her. If you knew me personally, you'd know how crazy that is for me, ahahaha.
Anyways, cats aside, thanks for your ideas, Niki and Ellie. Niki, your girl sounds adorable, and just like Leia in the weather! We had noticed her shivering last week when we were out, so hubbie and I got her a sweater at Petsmart to tide her over until we can find something better online. She doesn't seem to like it much, but hey, at least she isn't cold anymore. Hopefully a nicer coat will be more comfortable. As far as treats go, we always carry them when we're outside, but as I said, she'll only go so far for them. She's definitely got a mind of her own - very happy to obey and perform when she's in the mood, but deaf as a brick when she chooses to be, haha. I think we need better treats So, we're working on training while we walk, but it's definitely an ongoing process.
Ellie, you make a good point. Leia is a bit fearful and timid - not the least bit reactive, but definitely wary and startles easily. It's possible we've run across something on our regular route that frightened her, so now she wants to avoid it. I'll take a completely new route tomorrow to test that out.
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