15 February 2018
Rick had a special delivery from Amazon this morning – a Canine Backpack Harness. I think the delivery lady was a bit fazed by his barking because she literally threw the parcel at Paul when he opened the door and then literally ran back to her van. I guess she doesn't like dogs.
Paul takes Rick to doggy school every Tuesday and he excels - walking to heel, sitting, seek and find, double cartwheels and handstands. (Rick is quite good at those tricks too!) However, walking him around the estate is another matter. Sometimes he behaves himself and doesn’t attack every car or bicycle in sight but he hates walking to heel. He is a very strong dog and at the end of an hour’s walk I am exhausted by all his pulling.
We have tried all types of different leashes but nothing seems to make much difference. Bea, our dog trainer, has suggested we try the backpack harness. The idea is that he will think he is working and carrying something and this will restrain his behaviour.
Paul has just set off with him. Rick has two full bottles of water in his backpack. I have to admit I’m rather sceptical but it’s certainly worth a try.