Outside the confines of a training room, teaching a puppy to walk on a leash gets tedious. The puppy wants to pull forward, switch right and left, stop to watch moving things--a car! astounding!--while the attentive human must bend over to reward good behavior or stop quickly and turn if the puppy pulls. Normally I teach the puppy to walk on the leash before hooking up the coupler, but getting Emily around one block was going to take forever. Time for the easy way.
Surprisingly, Emily accepted the halti collar right away. I put it on her, treated, took it off. Repeat. Same again the next day. She didn't try even once to rub it off, so I hooked everybody up and off we went.
Miró’s walking beside me kept Emily in line until I let them move forward for a quick photo op.
One block, two blocks, and then down to the park, through the woods, and back on a sunny day.
Emily is choosy about her reading material. From the pile of books and magazines at my bedside table, she bypassed the mystery, the book about dog training, the Kindle (maybe the leather cover isn't real leather), and the magazines. She chose the one literary novel, a signed copy of the highly praised The Dismal Science, byPeter Mountford.
Peter lives in Seattle. Although this is only his second novel, he has already amassed a list of awards and favorable reviews and appearances as long as--well, longer than Emily's leg.
Within the space of a few minutes, she enjoyed it thoroughly.
As much as I'm in favor of reading, especially reading early and often, I shall do my best to terminate Emily's reading habits.