Winter walks


Well I don’t know about you, but I am kinda ready for winter to roll on out of here.  MD has had quite a bit of brutal cold, snow, ice and wind.  It makes it really hard to get out with the pups to burn off the winter crazies… not to mention snow means shoveling kennel runs and horse stalls.  While shoveling is a great workout, I could think of quite a few other ways to get my exercise.
But in anycase, when the temps managed to rise into the 20’s this weekend I decided we would brave the snow (and roads) and get these hooligans outside.

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We had the trails all to ourselves too.  I went as far as we could before it got too dark.

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This shows how cold it has been lately, only the fastest running water was still free of ice.

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I should have brought my real camera so I could better capture these two hams in the snow.  Had to settle for my phone.

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Practicing their wait and recall is a great way to condense the outing exercise wise.  Plus it’s fun to see them book it in the snow.

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We found a great fallen tree to explore, sadly there were no squirrels for my red girl to catch.

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I finally got around to making Wyatt a new collar, I kinda love it. Not his usual colors but I think it turned out pretty cool. They call this yellow zombie hunter, wonder if Wyatt is up for that challenge.

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Well despite the fact that we were out for over an hour exploring in the snow my little red dog was still quite restless that evening.  Looks like we will be working on more brain games in the house, and her challenge for the month.

Speaking of the challenge, maybe some of you have some ideas for me.  The goal for this month is to get her to relax on a mat.  She has figured out she is to lay on the mat, and will offer that quite readily, the problem we have now is that important relax part.  She likes to whine and bark while on the mat.  Any ideas on how to get her to be more calm on the mat?  She gets easily frustrated when we work on something repeatedly so I mix it up with her to keep her interest. I have tried to wait her out for that silent moment but that doesn’t seem to work either. Maybe i should put the mat on the couch as she sleeps there all day long lol.  Maybe I just have to stuff her face so she doesn’t have time to whine.
Ideas??

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About Anna

I am a native of Virginia but recently relocated to Maryland I often feel I am simply a visitor... here to take note of little things people often pass by... I enjoy photography, family, the outdoors, reading, my vizsla... etc etc
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4 Responses to Winter walks

  1. Yankeepants says:

    Looove the photos of them running! Happy dogs, even if we humans are sick of the snow!

  2. Abby says:

    Such happy, handsome pups! Did you make their collars yourself? I love them!

    • Anna says:

      Thanks Abby 🙂 And yes I did make the collars. As if they needed more, actually Wyatt does as he has all of 3 whereas Luna has upwards of 10. You can find more info on them on my Facebook page if you are curious.

  3. Vizslover says:

    My Vizsla Bogey and I are stuck inside with the winter blues, too… And like you said, they’re leading to his own case of winter crazies! To make matters worse, he has stitches and a bandage on his paw, so we have to do our best to keep it dry in this Maryland snow!

    He’s only a puppy (14 weeks) so he still sleeps a good bit, but once we come inside he loves when I put his bed next to our radiators. Maybe you could place her mat near a heat source and wrap her in a blanket? That seems to be helping Bogey relax. I’ve found that if I want him in his bed but he’d prefer the couch, I hold a bone or chew toy in my hand for him to chew from his bed… It keeps him feeling engaged while still in his spot, and sometimes he ends up drifting off 🙂 bonus!

    Loving the orange collar with her beautiful coat!

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