Now that I got that out of the way...
Gibson and I go on lots of walks together. I love it. It's relaxing and fun and gets us both outdoors and moving. Problem is, there's only so many routes you can take every day and it can start to get kind of stale. I usually take him on 3-4 different routes a day, but still.. every day those same walks get old.
The solution? Let Gibson walk his way!
It is super fun and quite unpredictable! It all started a few weeks ago when I decided to train for a 5k. The days off from running I am supposed to walk 30-60 minutes a day (which I already do, so I thought I'd go longer). Gibson and I were walking like normal one morning when we came to an intersection. He seemed to not want to go the direction that we were headed, so I asked him, "Which way do you want to go?!" He knew exactly what I was asking. His eyes lit up, his smile BEAMED and he made a right turn instead of going straight. I decided just to go with it. I stayed back and let him do the leading. If we came to an intersection, I'd ask him which way and he'd smile and go the way he wanted. It was so much fun and we walked forever!
I eventually had to steer him in the direction of our house because he kept wanting to go in loops around his favorite 'kitty spot', but overall it was a great success. We now will do this every other day and he keeps surprising me where he will take me! One of his new favorite spots is the pub down the street where he's swept up lots of popcorn and french fries off of their patio.. hah
So, if you are getting bored w/your normal everyday walks.. Try the 'Walk This Way' method. It's way, way fun! Disclaimer: Letting your dog do this too often may cause him/her to think they can walk like this all time time, so try to make it a special treat!
P.S. The calendars are coming along.. Cafepress is actually still selling 2010 calendars, so it may still be a few weeks til they switch over to 2011. Thanks for being patient w/me!
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