Monday, January 28, 2008
Dorey Park Goes to the Dogs
Dorey Park was dog training central last Sunday. It was a beautiful, crisp winter day - perfect for training outdoors. Seven of my dogs made it to training. Brother and sister year-old German Shepherds, Humdinger and Dixie were there, as was Chelsea, the adult Chesapeake Bay Retriever with major fear issues and the best obedience skills in town. Maisey the young rescue Chesapeake Bay Retriever joined us, as did sisters Huntley, our Bloodhound (at five months, our youngest member) and Ryley, our Boxer. Rounding out the mix was Chloe, our sweet, bouncy year-old Labradoodle. We worked on leash-walking skills, stays, recalls, politely walking up and down stairs, and walking our dogs on a new and potentially scarey surface - metal. We walked our dogs in the woods and took them to the kid's playground. You really have to be there to appreciate the training opportunity a playground provides. As I drove away from Dorey Park, my heart was happy having spent an hour and a half with fabulous dogs and the people who love them.