After spending all winter walking like this, you can imagine how excited we were to get out in some nicer weather.
I think the entire city of Chicago was too.
While we always love the energy of people flooding the parks for impromptu picnics, restaurants opening their alfresco dining spaces, and seeing everyone out and about, this also makes our routine family walk an obstacle course as we need to dodge dogs darting out from behind patios, adolescent pups rushing to eagerly meet our dogs, and afternoon drinkers rushing to pinch the pups' cheeks.
We were a bit out of practice, but this is how we've been picking up our Spring Training:
the importance of positive dog introductions! Since our dogs know the routine, and our expectations, they remain calm on walks.
Working on Check-in's
Mixing it Up
These are some things that have worked for us.
How do you adjust your walks as things are getting more crowded outside?
It took us a long time to be able to do this and this.
But now they're able to do things like this.