|Barked: Thu Dec 20, '12 5:36am PST |
|Cobain does this a lot at our local dog park.
I think to him it's somewhat of a calming device. He typically picks up a stick when we approach the field where many people stand around and let their dogs play (we typically stick to the forest).
Without the stick, he seems to get a very intense need to herd all of the rambunctiously playing dogs.
When he has the stick, he stays by my side and is calm.
If it's a busy day, from that point on, he will carry the stick until I leash him up and we go home. I don't even have to tell him to drop it anymore, he automatically does at the bridge to the exit
Maybe Sparkles is using it the same way. If the being outside on the walk is too exciting for her and she knows that you would like her to walk nicely, the stick may help her to calm down.
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