Friday, August 30, 2013

Keeping Up with K9 Kamp- Walk this Way

This month's Keeping up with K9 Kamp activity was to do something new with your dog. This could be as elaborate as geocaching like Gizmo and kayaking like Honey or something as simple as trying a new route when you walk.

For us, it involved walking...but with a twist.

Since we adopted Ike this month, Kelly has had to learn to walk nicely together with him. And that has been a real challenge!

So this month we've been practicing walking nicely with another dog along for the walk. Kelly always wants to get ahead, and gets anxious if Ike walks faster than she does. Or they get tangled up in each other's leashes. Or he wants to play or run and she wants to boss him around.

We usually start off with Kelly in the lead, but Ike is a bigger boy and walks faster, so sometimes he moves ahead. When Kelly gets anxious, I usually ask her to "sit" and distract her. If I pick up the pace, it only seems to heighten her anxiety. They key seems to be to keep her mind active. Sometimes we take an unexpected turn or change direction. Sometimes we jog for a stretch and then slow it down and walk.

Now the two dogs are doing nicely walking together. Ike is learning not to pull on his harness. Kelly is learning to share the sidewalk. We all take a nice morning walk, and an evening walk, and sometimes one in between as well. This is just one way of getting fit, healthy....and tired dogs.

Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place and You Did What with Your Wiener are the official co-hosts of K9 Kamp, a fitness challenge aimed at fighting pet obesity. K9 Kamp happens a couple of times  year, however, we believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round. This is where Keeping Up With K9 Kamp comes in. Check out Keeping Up with K9 Kamp for a challenge on the first Friday of every month, and check back in with your results on the last Friday of every month.

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  1. Walking two dogs together can be a challenge. Jack is a very focused walker. Put that leash on and he just goes...he's all business. I don't think Maggie ever walked on a leash before we adopted her, so she wants no part of it. It's tough to get her to walk steadily...lots of stopping to smell, sitting down when she gets overwhelmed and poor Jack just wants to walk. It takes a lot of hard work, so a feel your pain.

  2. I've recently seen a pic of someone cycling with 2 dogs that would be a challenge!! I'm impressed with just walking with 2 - well done for persevering and managing the 2 without too much pulling....

  3. Good job Kelly! We are not fond of sharing either
    Benny & Lily

  4. Geez, never thought about using that for something new. We have mastered walking with three and four dogs, well the dogs have it mastered, Mom is still in the garage untangling the leashes ;) It is hard to add another pup at first but it works eventually. Congratulations on the new addition!

  5. I only ever have to walk 2 at once when we are dog-sitting. It can be a challenge when they have different walking styles!

  6. That's nice that they are starting to do better on their walks. It sure makes for a much more pleasant walk when there's not a lot of tugging and pulling!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco

  7. I know what you mean about the "me first" syndrome. When we hike with other Doxies it's like pole position.....everyone jockeying for the front of the line. Thanks for participating in the challenge this month and I am glad Kelly and Ike are walking better together now.

  8. I have two dogs too! It took a bit - now I walk one on each side in heel. Remember success is just around the corner - 100 times of doing it right will help them learn a new skill/exercise!! Thanks for the book!

  9. This is great! Walking two dogs is tough work and lots of energy to deal with! LOL! Congrats on bringing Ike home and on getting the two walking nicely together!

  10. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsAugust 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    I always felt like I got a really good workout when walking multiple dogs...all that leash untangling wore me out, along with having pulling dogs! It sounds like Ike and Kelly are coming along great, you're doing wonderful with them!

  11. Walking more than one dog is hard! I always end up with dogs with dramatically different walking styles with one way ahead and one trailing behind.


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