Wilderness Park walk: October 6, 2013

Fall is my favorite time in wilderness park. There’s still lots of leaves, but it is cool enough the bugs aren’t out in force. It’s not as muddy as it usually is in spring, and all the leaves on the ground are lots of fun to play in.

Over the summer we have been working quite a bit on leash pulling with Oogie. The difference is noticeable, but I have not been able to ditch the prong collar as I had hoped. If he sees a rabbit he still has the ability to pull me off my feet. I’ve pretty much tried every method out there, even spending six weeks with no real walks as I patiently tried to teach him that pulling does not equal moving forward. (We exercised him by running around in the backyard instead). In the end, he still pulls, but is much more responsive when I tell him to stop/get back to my side. I feel like I have given in a bit, but at the same time, I didn’t want to not take him on walks forever. I am hoping as he ages he will mellow out even more.

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This bridge has been out for a while, but luckily it is not strictly necessary since it is over a dry creek bed.

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One of the tricks Oogie is the best at is “on.” I point at something, say “on” and he does his best to get on it, whatever it is. This tree was particularly tricky because the bark is fairly smooth, but he did it!

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Someone spray painted a tree. Why? Who knows.

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This is one of my favorite park areas – an old dry creek bed. I explore the north part of the park way more often than the rest because it is nearest my house, but I should probably try other places more often.

I love how there are always these branch creations laying around.

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Guh he makes the cutest faces.

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