Olivia took her first trip to the dog park on the day she turned four months old, yesterday. Puppies need to be sheltered from diseases until they get their full set of vaccinations which is at about four months. Olivia got her last puppy vaccinations ten days ago, and yesterday she turned four months old. It was definitaly time to hit a dog park. Bailie and I went to this park for the first time last winter, and approved it for our little sister to test out.
You know Mom isn’t real big on dog parks. They can be dangerous, lots of out of control dogs, irresponsible owners, and so on. Still, Mom wanted to see how Olivia would do in a big dog park, in a place she had never been before. They went in the middle of the day when it tends to be almost deserted, and it was hot out. Olivia was a bit scared about it all at first and stuck close to Mom.
Why did Mom only take Olivia? Most parks have a two dog per person rule, and she was concerned about us protecting her if Olivia was scared of other dogs. It is good for her to learn about the world on her own sometimes.
There was only one other dog at the park until they were leaving, so it was a calm environment for Olivia to do some exploring. Since she is young, and it was hot, the plan was to walk the perimeter once and leave, about a twenty minute walk. Olivia even took some time to stop and smell some flowers.
As they walked along, Olivia’s curiosity started to win her over. Slowly, she ventured a bit further away from the safety of Mom, but never more than twenty feet or so. Look at those giant hiking paws she still has! Oh man!
A few times she ventured off the trail into some of the grass just to sniff around. She told me she was almost overwhelmed with all the new, fun smells.
The entire trip to the dog park took just under an hour, including drive time. It was just enough to give Olivia something new to try. It was super windy, so in the above photo, her ears were blown back! Maybe next time one of us will go with her.
Today we are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.