There is one nice thing about this in-between, pre-spring time of year. The snow has mostly melted in the woods; anything left is not very deep. With no leaves on the trees and no underbrush to worry about, I just let Luke roam where he wants to on our walks, we don’t only stick to our regular trails. His only restriction is that it has to be someplace that I can at least get through! I will redirect him if he’s taking me through brush that is too thick or trees where the limbs are too low for me to easily get under. I can see where we’re going and know where we’re at since everything is open and bright. It’s still cold enough now that the ticks aren’t out yet; once they are out we have to stick to the more open trails without a lot of heavy brush.
Luke likes to just follow his nose! We are often following deer trails…..and often his choices are based mostly on where the next pile of poop is! Our mornings have been quite cold again, so we can walk on the solid roads again (we went on the soft, muddy road one day last week, and it was a big mistake because Luke got verrryy dirty).
We stay off them most of the winter since the snow narrows them up, and there is no place to get out of the way of traffic (not that we have a lot of that). Wildlife also often walks along the road at night, so Luke often chooses to go that way and follow the scents.
I think he really enjoys getting to choose where we go (though he doesn’t understand why he can’t stop and eat something he finds every two feet!), and I enjoy seeing some of our woods that we don’t get to when we have to stick to our trails. Things will be thawing even more soon enough, and those nasty bugs will be back out, so we’re going to enjoy our “freestyle” walks while they last!
Do you ever let your dog choose which way you walk?
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