Monday, November 7, 2011

Big Trouble with Loose Leash

 Everyday we get one day closer to the Canine Good Citizen test. That means one more day of struggling with loose leash walking. We thought that was going to be the easiest part of the test. Humphrey just doesn't want to do it.

We couldn't be doing this at a more difficult time of year, too. Anyone who has a Cavalier knows what I'm talking about. It's the time of year to chase the forever blowing leaves that swirl around Humphrey as we try to keep him loose leash.

This happens to be one of my favorite things about Cavaliers. I love to watch Brando and Humphrey chase butterflies, leaves, birds, and pollen. I wouldn't change that for the world. It's magical.

"Hey, what's down there!"
My favorite thing, turns out to be the one thing I don't think our team can fix before the test. My husband and I have tried everything. Walking near a wall, body blocking (which, by the way, is completely silly with a small breed dog), luring with food, and the newest thing walking around the house with Humphrey leashed to the belt loop on my pants.

I'm ready to throw in the towel, but my husband has that never give up attitude. He keeps saying, "Come on! We've come to far to quit." I know he's right. I'd be quitting myself, Humphrey, and my littlest guy, Ian. If it weren't for Ian we'd have never started this. In the long term, it would be nice if Humphrey could be there for Ian.

Luckily, Humphrey's trainer is extending CGC training an extra two weeks, due to the fact we spent one whole day discussing the handbook. So, I guess for now, I will keep my chin up, shoulders back, and walk with confidence, as we continue to walk on a tight leash.....chasing leaves.


  1. Oh poor Humphrey. But Im sure he will do great, so he can chase the leaves again very soon. My favourite sport of all time!

  2. I wish I had some advice for you but CGC is so far out of the realm of possibility with Bella that I've never even thought about how to tackle the loose-leash walking aspect.

    I don't suppose they let you use a gentle leader, do they? (That's the only way we can keep Bella anywhere in the vicinity of us on a leash. ;)

    But I'm sure when push comes to shove, Humphrey is going to ace it. Good luck!

  3. picturing body blocking with a cav is making me giggle!

    i wish you the best of luck with your loose-leash dreams, but don't get down on yourself if things don't work out in time for CGC.

    i'm with leslie--i wouldn't even attempt this with desmond yet. lol

  4. Think you should go with leaves :-)
    They kind of go with the flow and are great fun...
    Sitting on a lap in a vet's yesterday. hum... It wasn't me that had to go to the vet.. but I was very well behaved... :-)
    I chase leaves ..... on a lose leash.. LEAD :-) Depends where you are...
    Hi guys.. loves yer... Freya rose blossom... X