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31 August 2009 @ 11:24 pm
the good news is that the dog got to run  
the bad is that she slipped her leash to do so. 

We're still working out the mechanics of this total-city dwelling existance, and the one thing that hasn't quite sorted itself out is how much activity the dog has to have.  She gets a morning stroll that last about 7 minutes (or as long as it takes), and an evening walk of about half an hour.  But I can verify, this is not enough.  Instead she's slightly more nervous than she was in Austin - twitchy almost - and even though there are more people around the apartment to bark at and she's always been territorial, it seems to me that now it's mixed with a slightly more hesitant and ... neurotic vibe. 

So tonight as I'm walking down our quiet street towards melrose, headphones in and music turned up loud, with the dog beside me, a runner came around the corner behind us.  Before I even knew what was happening, the dog had growled, freaked, slipped her leash and was OFF.  And of course, even though she sorta circled back towards me, since the runner was behind me coming closer to me, she didn't want to get close to him.  I feel bad - I think I yelled at the guy to quit running because he was freaking her out.  How many dogs get freaked by runners?  Ours, apparently.  She thought it was a GREAT GAME though, once she was off and he had gone past us. I tried running away from her so she'd chase me, and she did, but then she managed to turn it around into a game of chase-the-dog, for 10 terrifying minutes when i realized i had no cell phone and no one to help (because she's afraid of strangers she wouldn't even let them get close), and i wondered if there was any way i was going to get her home.  Luckily she found something interesting in a driveway that was pretty deep and had a gate at the end so I was able to box her in.  Luckily. 

Solution: find a way to run the dog.  Get her a collar that she can't slip out of, and if she can slip out of them all she's going to wear the harness whether she likes it or not.  Take her to the f-ing dog park (something I've wanted to do since we got to LA but I also don't want to do it alone - though now I'm thinking alone might not be so bad)

the up-shot confirmed something i've known for a while - the dog doesn't really want to get away, she just wants to have more fun.  The down-shot (is that even an expression?) is it was terrifying worrying not that she would run away, but that some idiot who doesn't care about stop signs and who guns their car like they do every night through these blocks was going to hit her because they weren't paying attention,and lung-killing (since we've got fires burning around the city and even walking is discouraged my full-tilt running after the dog, before the dog, around the dog is basically guaranteed to make me hack my lungs out).

at least we made it safely back home.
literate and stylish: buffy looking up/daunted?mishloran on September 1st, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Do you have an area which you can safely let her off her lead in? And if you do have such an area, is the problem that she won't come back? If so you need to work on recall training :( Not fun, but necessary.

I'd also advise to get one of those extendible leads, so you can, say, throw her a ball or a stick, and she can run on her own for a bit at least, before you are yanked with her (also I have seen this done with GIANT lengths of rope).

I've also seen on this programme on TV a guy who wears rollerblades/skates whilst walking his dog - you can really get the speed up, if you know how to do this!

I'd say that 40 mins/day is not enough time for a dog of her size, though :S Could you make it an hour in the evening, at least? I know time is a huuuge nuisance/factor (our lives revolve around Jet's walk), but I'd tentatively suggest at least 20 mins in the morning and an hour in the evening?

Also I don't know how big your house is, but games like find-the-tiny-biscuit and throwing a ball for fetch indoors also help tire the dog out. At least for a nanosecond.

(Is D working yet? She could be on dog-walking duty, no?)

I know you probably don't want to be given this reply but! eep! :S Am posting it....
my monkied brain: _dominokatekat1010 on September 2nd, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Sadly the area where we can let her off lead isn't as big as the backyard we had in Austin - it's something, but it's not quite what she's used to. This is in part why I want to go to the dog park since it's a fenced area that she can run run run run in.

I think you're right, but unfortunately I'm having trouble convincing the housemates (well, apparently they're both too tired when getting home, etc). I'm going to try and extend morning walks and the evening walks when I take her, and we'll see how that goes. We do the throwing ball indoors thing, but since we have hardwood floors and she isn't in love with them, it only lasts for a couple of repetitions. I'm trying to also work with her training, so at least her little brain is getting activity even if her body isn't getting a HUGE amount.

I really want to do the rollerskating/blading thing!! Our friends actually take their dog for walks while the human is on a skateboard. Sadly, I do not have any of these things (skates, blades, board) but perhaps will look into that too.

lol - it's totally ok darling, i appreciate the advice! *squishes you muchly*
gray_ghostgray_ghost on September 1st, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Dude...your dog is totally high maintenance.