From Phil ....Thursday 9th March - Benson's Walk
Apologies for not doing Monday 6th write up as I was not very well afterwards.
As usual, Benson was reluctant to leave the transition (staff/dog walker handover point) area. We walked around for a bit but he hung back causing his harness to appear to come over his head. Recently, I have used Liz (RR dog walker) with a dog to act as a lure to get him up the drive and around for a much needed big walk. Liz had already gone so, after more pulling from Benson, I, ahem, picked him up and carried him to the office to sign out. Benson is a heavy dog so don't try this. I used to be a Tuba player in the Army; Trooping the colour, Beating the Retreat and State Occcasions. Fortunately he is lighter than my tuba. The lady from the Labrador Rescue said she would walk with him up the drive but Benson just ignored her. Oh well, here we go. I picked him up (really, don't do this folks), he whacked his muzzle into me and then I carried him about 2/3rds of the way up the drive. Benson's face was a picture. Possibly the last time he was picked was as a puppy, perhaps 10-12 months ago. I put him down and started walking. Every time he tried to pull back, I gently but firmly held his harness like a handle, very gently lifted (not yanked) and then moved him forward like a 'Curling stone on ice".
Benson walked and every time he pulled back or tried to remove his muzzle, I repeated the curling stone process. We even jogged down the path to the fields. I also lied to him, telling him to find Liz, Where's Liz, Come on, Let's find Liz. Except that we did find her walking back to the kennels with Hughie so Benson rumbled me. Curses!
so, back to the curling stone technique which worked.
Benson tried to get his muzzle off by dragging himself along the grass so I rolled him onto his back for playtime!Click here to learn how to add YouTube Videos to your phpBB forumClick here to learn how to add YouTube Videos to your phpBB forum
Sometimes, Benson gets between your legs to try and get his muzzle off, so I have started brushing his fur backwards like a Mummy dog cleaning him then smoothing his fur down the right way. This seems to work and calm him down, followed by the 'curling stone technique' and we are off again. A nice big walk keeping to the shade wherever possible, a little bit of jogging for me and fast walk for Benson and frequent stops in the puddles. On the way back to the kennels, I took Benson to Dylan the Hippo's watering hole (see Dylan's post) to cool him down. He had a little paddle and then back home. A big drink while I signed in and while we were waiting for the kennel girls to pop Benson away, he started leaning into me and we had some quality fuss and cuddles.
Slightly unorthodox but I got Benson out for a walk. Benson was out for 1hour and 45 minutes.
I kept him in the shade as much as was possible with puddles to drink from. I ran, he barely broke into a trot!
A great walk and a nice 5 minutes of fuss and cuddles at the end.