Last week we joined in the #DogWalkingWeek celebration and challenge hosted by MyGBGV Life and Cascadian Nomads. The challenge was to walk every day from October 1-7th, and I’m happy to report we got out every day! In my post at the beginning “Shifting Gears” I gave you a preview of our first two walks, and now I want to fill you in a bit more on our week and share some of the photos we took.
One of our favorite walks is from our house down to the Christmas tree farm below us. The autumn colors were really looking beautiful on Day 1 when Sheba and I headed out.
I knew we needed to try some new routes and see some new scenery though. On Day 2 Cricket and I headed to the historic district in our town. We parked at the beach where Cricket enjoyed wading in the water, and then headed down the street to see the sights. It’s a beautiful street with many old houses and historic buildings.
In my first post I asked if anyone knew what this contraption was, and here’s the answer! I thought that was pretty interesting, I’ve seen that many times and had never stopped to see what it actually was!
On Day 3 Luke and I walked from the house and worked on his training. Our first goal is to get him to listen and pay attention to me when we walk! We worked on that in our clicker training session last night, and I feel now like I know more what to do. Sorry, no photos from Day 3 as I just didn’t want any additional distractions!
On Day 4 Sheba and I went to a place where I used to walk Kobi all the time….the rail trail along Mascoma Lake one town over from us. I haven’t been there with any of the dogs since Kobi died, so it was a little difficult. But once we got there we enjoyed the walk and the scenery and that got my mind off missing Kobi.
Who is this guy tied to a tree along the trail?! I think I was more freaked out about it than Sheba was. This town puts scarecrows out all around town, so I hope this was part of that. Happy Halloween!
On Day 5 Cricket and I drove a few miles down the road and walked this pretty country road. It’s a quiet road without much traffic, and no houses, so we didn’t have to worry about off leash dogs (a concern with leash reactive Cricket).
On Day 6 Luke and I headed out from home and down towards the tree farm, working on his training some again. Then I just let him do some walking and sniffing, and we took a few photos this time.
On Day 7 it was raining off and on so Sheba and I stayed close to home and walked to the tree farm, and then back up the road to the farm field. However, they had recently put manure down in the field so we didn’t end up going far in it. It was dried and not smelly but I was afraid Sheba would decide she wanted to roll in it!
This was a perfect week for this challenge for us….the fall foliage was at its peak in many places and the scenery was beautiful.
But how do we keep motivated to continue our walking, especially when that foliage is passing and until snow falls, things aren’t going to be looking very beautiful?
Look at those smiling faces above, that’s all the motivation I need. They enjoy their walks and their one on one time with Mom. Also, Bethany from Cascadian Nomads suggested to me that I might see a big difference in my dogs’ walking manners when walking them days in a row. I only walk them individually at this time, but even more frequent walks seemed to make a difference. By my 3rd walk with Sheba, I couldn’t believe how much better she was walking! She was pulling less and walking more in a straight line (I always say walking her is like flying a kite, because she weaves back and forth so much). Both Luke and Cricket seemed to be paying more attention to me as well, one of my goals with both of them.
Did you take the #DogWalkingWeek challenge? What benefits did you learn if you walked your dog more often (or already did so before the challenge)?