It was a simple idea, easy to buy, and a doddle to implement.
I’m talking about Maggie’s new jacket.
In the winter months whenever we took her for a walk in the dark, she wore a fluorescent vest. This has actually seen better days, so was due for replacement.
After walking into town this morning, we went into the pet shop and purchased a new jacket for the princely sum of……………. £2.99 (about four bucks).
We’ve modified it slightly and new training will commence, together with enhancement of our existing hand signals, so Maggie is in for a lot of praise when she responds.
She’s a tactile dog, loves fuss, and if today’s earlier behaviour is anything to go by, she’ll be just fine.
We haven’t let her off the extending lead on any of our walks today, and have been getting her attention by putting our hand in front of her face and encouraging her to look at us. We have then given her the signal to sit or wait, and she has remembered.
Toileting on the lead was something new for her though…….. wees were usually OK, but with the other she ‘likes to be alone’.
She went up on the bank and with the lead fully extended, I followed so as not to crowd her, even though I’d be clearing up afterwards.
No problem at all, everything normal apart from ME having to juggle lead, dog and poo bag to retrieve the perfect ‘broom handle’.
Our efforts have made it visible to other people that she’s deaf, so even if she isn’t fully yet, they will be aware that she can’t hear very well. With the extending lead and us on the other end, we can keep her safe, but she can still enjoy the aspect of ‘walking ahead’ and perform her sniffathons.