Monday, July 19, 2010

Cole doing well

I’m having a fun time taking Cole on his walks in the park. Fortunately, my sister and I love hiking. Many times, in the winter when we have more time, we will go hiking when we are done with our riding. Essentially, we are doing the same thing, now, but we take Cole along.

I have found that the only thing that scares him is when something looks out of place. He didn’t like the big boulder or the bike leaning on a tree. Big signs, garbage cans and park benches can be worrisome. When he saw the bike laying on the ground that had a cart attached to it, he felt that might be dangerous, too. Unlike Cruiser in his youth, Cole doesn’t panic, spin and try to run off. Instead, he pauses, holds his head up high and cautiously follows me to the monster. Then, if I let him, he will touch his nose to it. I then click and treat him. The fear leaves him, and we continue on our way.

He is crossing rivers and roads. Traffic doesn’t bother him in the least.

He walks better than most dogs we see!

We are getting very close to riding. We’ll see how he does with his ground work this week—maybe I will ride on the weekend.

1 comment:

achieve1dream said...

I absolutely love walking Chrome! I hate to say it but he's more fun to walk than the dogs lol. I guess because everything is new to him and it's fun watching his reactions. Chrome likes to spook just for fun, but he walks up to anything. I did a post on my blog a while bag of him walking right up to a yellow sign and pulling it up. It was so funny. And he plays with the silliest stuff. I don't think I'm going to have to worry about him being afraid of that stuff. I think it's noises that bother him more than anything.

I'm glad Cole is doing so well and that he's not a spooker. I love horses like him. :)