Here he comes, Boomer the wonder dog!
As a foster mom of many dogs that have lacked confidence, it is always such a joy to see a dog emerge from its shell and become a playful pup. I love to see my dogs play and romp around outside. It means they're happy.
Boomer has been the most skittish foster I have had to date. He still creeps around the house and is not always at ease with noises unfamiliar to him. But, when he's outside and is feeling good, he let's loose.
I can see it in the sparkle of his eyes, the big, wide grin he gets, and the way he jumps and twists his entire body into some pretty amazing shapes.
Something that most dog owners love to watch is their dog running free. No restraints, but pure freedom. Spencer, IA does not have a dog park, but many people seem to think we do. The Clay County Fairgrounds is a popular spot as well as the wide open parking area across the street from the fair. I've seen dogs running loose at Oneota Park, the soccer fields, and Pedersen Park. These places are all within the city limits which means your dog needs to be on a leash. Sorry folks, it's the law. It's also for the safety of your dog and that of others.
I've taken Boomer to the Fair parking lot as well as an open area by the soccer fields because I too want to watch him run and play. How I do this safely is quite simple. I bought a 50 ft. rope, attached a carribeaner clip to one end and made a loop on the other end that I can slip my hand through. Yes, he does occasionally forget that I am attached to the end of this rope and you may see me suddenly lunge forward as he hits the end of it, but for the most part, he's pretty good about knowing the limit.
Today was his first experience with snowdrifts. Some rather deep ones I might add. Needless to say he got a good workout and was more than content to curl up in a blanket when we got home and have a nap.
This long line work is also an excellent method to use when teaching your dog to come to you from a distance. Just remember that you better have a great reward to dole out when they get to you.
Please, for the safety of your dog, for people, and other animals, have control of your dog by having some form of a restraint on him.