This weekend, we headed to Crosby beach for a pack walk organised in collaboration with Radio City. Thankfully, storm Corrie held off and the weather on Sunday morning was perfect for dog walking.
Crosby beach is an excellent place for the dogs because it has so many different terrains – the woodland walk, the pier, sand dunes and beach. This gives them plenty of smells and lots of space to exercise. A brilliant route is to walk all the way from Crosby to Fornby.
Free Advice from Pawsitively Does It!
The Crosby Beach pack walk was organised by Leanne Scott and Diego and included free advice from on of Blake’s dog trainers – Dawn Cassar from Pawsitively Does it. If you are interested in finding out more about Pawsitively does it’s classes you can check them out on Facebook here.
Meeting at Waterloo Sunset Cafe
We rocked up at Waterloo Sunset cafe and there must have been over 100 dogs! It was very excited to feel both the human and canine energy! It was great to see all breeds of dog – both little and large. In the mix were Golden Retrievers, Dalmations, Bichon Frises and sausages! I was also happy to meet a few other terriers including some gorgeous Jack Russells!
Blake’s Amazing Progress
Overall, we were really impressed with Blake. Before, when we first got him from the RSPCA, this kind of situation would have been way too stressful for Blake and he wouldn’t have been able to come on a pack walk at all. He hadn’t been socialised or trained properly as a pup. His barking would have been non-stop and incessant.
He did bark eagerly to get to the pack walk, but now it’s more of an excited bark than a ‘I hate everything and everyone’ bark! As soon as we got to the group of other dogs he pulled a fair bit but once he had said hello to a few little relaxed and well behaved dogs he was fine.
We walked all the way from the cafe and around the lake to the beach with Blake and were proud of him because his barking has reduced to a bare minimum, and even when he does bark, it’s more of an excitable ‘yap’ rather than a constant cry for help! He was kept on a lead of course, but we put his lead on the back of his harness so that he didn’t strangle himself of his collar pulling to get to all the other dogs!
- 1. Two attachment points for extra control.This harness attaches in the normal back/neck area and also under the stomach.
- 2. Handle on the back:better control the movement of dog and for attaching safety belt.
- 3. Strong tensile strength,double stitching and load capacity buckles allow this harness to hold back even strong pullers.
We also had him on his double ended training lead because it can clip in many different ways so we can adjust the length and where it clips to. This kind of lead is perfect for these situations because you can change the setup according to whether you want to have your dog with a short lead or long, and also where you want to fit it (collar or harness). You can also double up for extra strength if you need to!
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Blake successfully met (and sniffed butts with) two Golden Retrievers. This was massive progress for him, because he is often scared of big dogs. The smaller dogs he mixed with really well, walking alongside the sausage dogs and Bichon with no problem at all. He was a little apprehensive and snappy around one Alsatian so we took him away from that high energy big dog to keep him calmer.
When Dawn, Blake’s last trainer walked past me I asked if she had seen Blake and she replied ‘I didn’t even recognise him at first!’ This illustrates the extent of his massive progress – she didn’t recognise him because he wasn’t going absolutely mental like he used to!
When the dogs congregated on the pier and came to a halt, we kept Blake walking around the dunes as it wouldn’t be the best idea to keep him static in that kind of environment. We have learnt to always give him plenty to focus on and keep the walk moving.
Using his rope leash on the beach
We couldn’t let Blake off lead with so many dogs around, and so we took him down to the beach with his long rope lead. This means that he can have a run but also we still have control of him and he can’t go too far away from us. We practiced recall with treats and 9 times out of 10 he was coming back to us before he reached the end of the rope – amazing considering how many dogs were around!
- 【Comfortable foam handle】No rope burns anymore, the foam padded handle provides perfect comfort during dog activities. The metal O-ring allows an easy attachment of a poop bag.
- 【Strong and Heavy Duty】1.0cm in diameter, the rope dog lead is made with mountain climbing rope and very durable clasp for durability. The materail is durable, soft, light weight and fast dries. Upgraded node cover is designed to last long.
- 【Perfect outdoor leash】The nylon rope dog lead has 3 length, 4.5m 6m 9m, perfect for different training purpose. The long dog lead is great for walking, hiking, camping, backyard, beach, recall training, outdoor playing and swimming.
When we attend an event like this and really all enjoy ourselves without it being a stress, I know that our hard work has paid off. It has been a long and challenging journey with Blake, but we love him so much and we are so glad that we persevered with him. This is three years since his adoption, and progress is still being made. It certainly doesn’t happen overnight.
But this is a great opportunity for me to thank all of the trainers and people who have worked with Blake (even visitors to our home who have been armed with treats!). If you have recently rescued or adopted, we’re there with you through the journey – and trust me, it’s worth it!