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Come One, Come All!

Posted Monday, September 17, 2012, at 8:47 AM

Walking Johnny Danger in New Orleans, LA for Villalobos Rescue Center in January.
Dogs are very social animals, they love to be with their pack. However, many dogs are unsure of other four legged, tail wagging cousins. They need practice, a leader, and more practice learning how to behave when unfamiliar dogs are around.

One of the best ways to practice this social skill is to take dogs for a walk together. Just letting them get used to having another dog in their presence is the first step. By adding a walk in there helps to keep them a bit more focused on the walk and doesn't allow nose to nose stare downs and confrontations.

Taking all of this into consideration, I've decided I would like to start doing these weekly walks with all of you. My dogs could really use the practice! I'm inviting everyone to join me beginning Sunday, September 23 at 2pm. We can meet in the parking lot of Avera Medical Office on East 10th St. in Spencer. Your dog(s) must be on a leash at all times and you will clean up any messes your dog makes, so bring a bag. I like to walk for about an hour, but you can drop out as you wish.

This is not a test, nor will anyone place judgement on anyone else for their dogs behavior. We are all in this together for the good of our dogs, and what a great way to meet some fellow dog lovers to swap stories with.

If you don't have a dog, come anyway, meet the dogs and their owners. Many dogs, including my own, also need practice socializing with humans. This all just makes for a well rounded, good mannered dog.

We can decide what time, place, and day of the week works for most people and set up a schedule. If you are wanting to join, but are not able to get there Sunday, send me a comment below of your preference, and I will keep others informed through this blog.

I'm excited to meet everyone and will be waiting for you on Sunday. If the weather is wet at that time, we'll just try the following Sunday to begin. Same time, same place, same dog:-)

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Will do JTennant!

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 4:40 PM

Most sundays work for me, it just happens I'll be out of town this coming one. I'll watch your blog for the next date. Great idea. Be sure to take pictures!

-- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 10:04 PM

Thanks Citizen Sam! Please feel free to join in on our walks.

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 8:31 PM

love your blog. we have three dogs and live in the country. they love it. much thanks for your work with the rescues, our lab "happy" came from p for p and is a wonderful dog that we were glad to give a good home.

-- Posted by CITIZEN SAM on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 3:08 PM

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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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