A training walk can be a lot of fun for a dog because nature can be so fun. Last week while I was at the spa getting my furs spiffed, Mom took Bailie to one of our favorite local walking spots, Lebanon Hills Park. There are miles and miles of trails through the woods and around some smaller lakes. We love to walk at this park.
Bailie and Mom headed down the trail to Jensen Lake to get started. Luckily, I would be at the spa for another three hours or so. Mom has been known to get lost here despite the trail maps and an hour walk is suddenly two! Mom couldn’t read a map if her life depended on it and she refuses to trust us to get her back to where we need to be!
The trails used to be really a muddy mess on the shady side of the park, but recently, they built some really nice wooden walkways. No worries, Bailie still managed to find plenty of mud to walk through along the way.
Bailie will be doing an obstacle skills class in August, so Mom wanted to work on some core and balance skills along the way. They started out easy with a fallen tree. Bailie added a touch of difficulty by looking up while sitting and balancing on the log.
The lake was lily pad heaven! It was covered in those green things and they heard a lot of frogs but didn’t see any. They did see a turtle or two sliding into the lake, though.
The crooked bridge is always a good rest stop. Every year we think it will be falling into the water, but so far it is still standing. We don’t know why it is so crooked, but it makes for an interesting look. Mom and Bailie were also working on Bailie’s modeling skills – staying in a position, and looking at the camera. She is catching on.
Sitting on a tree stump is always fun for Bailie. Compared to me, she has an excellent sense of balance and can stay on pretty small surfaces. This photo provides a nice view of her dirty legs and belly. Such a little dirt ball!
This trick was a new one for Bailie. At first she was not sure about it, but once she understood how it worked, she could have stayed forever. She is pretty good at tricks or modeling, but combining the two skills needs more work.
Mom and Bailie walked for just over an hour and had a super fun time. It was another fun event for Bailie’s birthday week. Now Mom needs to work on her cell phone camera skills as she always gets her fingers in the shots! Do you work on training when you are out walking your dogs?
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