Dog Blog

The Dog Blog is a community of ordinary dog lovers who have come together to discuss our extraordinary dogs. Each Monday, a new topic is introduced. If you've got an opinion, share it. If not, look for the current "anything goes" topic and introduce a discussion of your own. On Fridays, weigh in about your training questions and successes.
Your host: Mike Lewis is a little-dog nerd and the proud owner of Eddie and Jillian, a pair of Yorkies who think they're huskies, and Lucy, a sweet Chessie. R.I.P., Rusty. Contact mlewis@adn.com

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Friday training talk: What's up with your pack?

Leaf-catcher: Eddie reached down to sniff his nosework odor yesterday and came up with a leaf on his face. Playing games keeps walks fun and helps them forget about the elements.Leaf-catcher: Eddie reached down to sniff his nosework odor yesterday and came up with a leaf on his face. Playing games keeps walks fun and helps them forget about the elements.

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

I've come to appreciate this time of year -- it's getting cooler, but it's not too cold. Lots of rain but no snow or ice. Since I have two dogs ill-suited for an Alaska winter, it allows me to slowly reintroduce them to winter. Rain or shine, we keep up our twice-a-day walks. They start to remember that wet and cold is not all that bad.

I've already seen Eddie start to balk at walks on drizzly, cold days, but insisting that he goes has made a difference. He stops hiding and starts appreciating the exercise. Soon, I'll start putting their coats on. By the time the snow comes and the booties come out, they'll be prepared for our winter routine.

What's up with your pack?

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