Dog Walking Etiquette

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Leash
I could literally stay here all day saying why dogs should be on leashes at all times, but I will try my best to keep it short.

A lot of dog owners in my neighborhood lets their dogs roam freely while using the restroom, some owners don’t even stay outside to watch (meaning some owners don’t even pick up after their dogs)! I always think wow that is ideal, how great to feel lazy. A good week I run into one or two dogs unleashed; A bad week It could be every day of the week, up to two different dogs in one day. Before I changed my route, I would get followed a smaller playful dog he would follow me to the end of the block! It was shocking to have to walk that dog to their owners! They didn’t even say thanks, or even knew that it wasn’t acceptable. After it happened ten times, I gave up walking that dog back to the house. And it never changed until I changed my route.

I just, feel like it ruins my walk, it is extremely annoying to have to pick up my dogs, carry them and cut their walk short. Clover was from the Humane Society, he is a bit aggressive. So like I always say in my mind, just because you have a well behaved, non aggressive dog, doesn’t (extremely doesn’t) mean other dogs are not aggressive! Or even worse who’s to know kind of rubbish or mess he/she can get into!!

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Barking
I never had much problems with walking Clover, he was already trained when we got him and it was seriously a breeze. He may have did a couple of naughty things in the past, but he is pretty much a perfect walker!

When we got Basil, we had such a hard time… she was mostly a indoor dog, we rarely walked her – and when we started to walk her it was probably a year or two after we got her. Basil struggles so badly with walking, a true horror story.

After learning a few tips and tricks she has gotten extremely better these past years!  Some things Basil does during walks, barks at other dogs, pulls leash, and over all she acts crazy.

Things we have tried:
➀Retaining leash: This didn’t work, she would still pull even if she had a few feet of leash! I think she wouldn’t even care if it was shorter!
➁Weight training (1 pound weights on the side of her torsos): She was really good with this one, it was amazing, but I noticed within two days that it was overworking her. I decided to take it off because I didn’t want her to be in pain!
➂Click training: It worked in the beginning very well, but I don’t walk her everyday (my dad or sister walks her), so training her with click training was too hard to be consistent. While training myself to click train Basil, I was finding myself click training everyone else!
➃Spray bottle: This has been the best, just a simple squirt of water when she barks at other dogs in the neighborhood or if she yanks the leash.

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pick up after
It’s easy, just pick up after your dogs, it’s your responsibility! 

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Be aware 
Always keep in mind your dog’s personality for example, Clover is aggressive I avoid other dogs, children or anyone that might want to get close to Clover, if I can’t change my pathway, I keep him very close to me on a short leash or I quickly pick him up. Basil is much better, much more playful, but as well as skittish (since she didn’t walk when she was young or had much outdoor experience), so I know she might not like the contact with other dogs or humans, I try to encourage her! If it seems like she can’t handle it, I know to pull her away.

I think a the best tip while walking that I can give is to notice your surroundings. If there is food or rubbish on the ground or if there is a free roaming dog make sure to walk your dog close to you or pick them up! 

Overall, I don’t have extreme etiquette when walking my dogs, and I know I don’t do everything correctly and there is much room for me to learn!

I urge you to learn more do’s and don’ts on rover.com! It is a very well written blog, and I learned so much from it! Also I encourage you to check out rover.com dog walkers – walking made easy! It is pretty much like uber for dogs! You just simply book a walk on the website, there is thousands of dog walkers across the United States! 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Ownership Etiquette
Dog Walking | Book the perfect walk
Rover.com

xo,emi.

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hot day

I Went walking with my dad today! We went on the same walk to Walmart and Times, without the dogs! Because my dad wanted to get Captain America 2, and I wanted to get some sewing stuff!

Then I finished up my sisters towels! :s I must have done about 100 towels! It took about 3 hours or so, and I messed up on 3! I had to seam rip them, the machine must have gotten tired or overworked. But I’m glad I’m done! I won’t be sewing anymore towels until she needs new ones! :)

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This was much better then what I expected! I am so shocked that Mad Hatter (from Once Upon A Time) is in this movie, he played the Winter Soldier!

xo,emi.

friday and saturday

Friday

Today we took the dogs walking to Walmart. Walmart is quite close to us, about a mile to and back! I wanted to get my gravel and plants for my fish tank! :) It was hot but totally worth it! :)

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I really wanted to make the tank look modern and minimalistic! But they didn’t have black or white gravel like I wanted! I ended p getting really dark blue gravel and pearl colored plants! Its very mermaid like! I really like it! Hopefully my fish will enjoy the nice clean water! ;)

Saturday

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Woke up, and Basil is very sore. :c It was super sad to see, since she never gets hurt during our walks. I gave her medicine and she pretty much rested all day~ Hopefully she cures up fast! :)

xo,emi.

walkies with the dogs!

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I can’t believe how big the lemon plant got! I can’t wait till its ready! :) Sometimes I worry that its a lime… I hope not! I can’t wait to make things with these guys!

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We took the dogs for a walk! Clover was so happy~ He’s always so cooped up! I wish I could take him out regularly! :c

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He gave the biggest smile! :D :D I love when the dogs are happy~ Clover got so tired so fast. We ran for the first bit and then he wanted to lie down! :o

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Basil looked like a baby today! :o She really isn’t this small~ She’s slightly bigger then Clover but she looks like a little pup here! :) So cute~

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Bento #4! We had Somen with edamame and zucchini jun and meat jun! :)

xo,emi.

good friday

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We took the dogs for a walk today! Oh they were sooooo happy! :) Clover was being super good~ he walked half way with out the leash! :) <3

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Dood’s let us go to shopping~ I spent the last of my back to school money! :) I got this super simple but cute sweater top! :)  I really like it and I can’t wait to use it!

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I also got some sunnies and a wallet! :)

xo,emi.

bon dance!

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Clover seemed like he wanted attention today! :) My dad and I took the dogs walking~ My new shoes are super amazing, usually when we go walking my buns (lol) or lower thigh always seems to have pain when we go on walk, my new shoes didn’t give me that pain! :)

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We also got to go to the bon dance, this time we went to Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission. I had ramen again~ I love this bon dance the atmosphere is super!

xo,emi.

walking!

I’m so happy we started walking again! I just feel happy and refreshed every time we go walking! Today we went around our neighbor hood! Not the longest walk but we did do a 2 mile walk! :D

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Today we went to Honpa Hongwanji Bon Dance ! It was super awesome, they had a lot of food and the setting was super good! I really enjoyed my self! :) I had ramen and BBQ sticks!

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xo,emi.