Walking off leash for the first time

Living in Alaska has its challenges. Snow/ice covers the ground mostly from November to April each season. Leash training can be challenging, especially if the dog start pulling while going thru an icy area.

We decided to give off leash training a try. A friend and very experienced pet-sitter coached us through our first off leash experiences. We joined one of her dog groups and headed to Far North Bicentennial Park

We started in a wide open area were my friend’s pack were practicing fetching the ball. Bailey and TeKeela were wearing their harness and leash when I left them loose and started practicing voice command. Both proved to have very good recall and I rewarded them with some treats.

Then we headed to one of the trails. Bailey and TeKeela followed the pack with no problem. I picked up TeKeela’s leash whenever we got close to other groups because her instinct was to bark and want to get closer to sniff them. We’ll need to practice more to get rid of the bad habit.
Overall it was a great success. I really enjoyed watching them have so much fun.

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Meet TeKeela and Bailey

Meet TeKeela and Bailey

These are TeKeela and Bailey, my two long hair mini Dachshunds. We adopted TeKeela first and two months later we couldn’t resist getting another puppy and we adopted Bailey. This blog will be about our life with dogs.