My year old doggy pulls. He pulls and pulls during our walks. Sometimes, he pulls like crazy just until he poops, and then he's calmer. Most of the time, however, he's just crazy! The pulling never stops.
So, I do what any one in my position would do... I'm constantly on the lookout for twigs that I can give him during our walk. My rationale is that if he's busy with something in his mouth, he won't pull so hard. This plan has been known to backfire however. Because he's so use to having something in his mouth when I'm walking him, his nose is always low to the ground. He runs onto any lawn he sees and constantly tries to pick something off the front yards. Most times it's twigs...but, many, many times it will be blown over Kleenexes, Q-tips, paper bags, empty cigarette packs, or Styrofoam coffee cups. Doggy just loves recycling day!!
He's a clever little guy, my little doggy. He knows that once this stuff is in his mouth, he has to run to the end of his leash to keep as far away from me as possible. He knows that he has to pull with all his might against me (as I try to reel him in), because once he gets close to me, I'm going to be prying his jaws apart trying to get the foreign objects out! He just HATES that. He looks at me with a rather puzzled look thinking, "OK Lady. Twigs-yes, Kleenex-no? C'mon, what's the diff?" And he's right. I should never have started this on our walks, but now I don't know how to stop it :(
Yesterday, I knew I had to end this practice. There we were, walking our usual walk...pulling, yanking, biting the leash...(I keep waiting for that wonderful bonding moment between master and doggy...), when, in the blink of an eye, doggy ran onto someone's lawn and snatched something off the front stoop. At first, I didn't think anything of it. We just kept walking and doggy was quite calm. Then, I noticed that he wasn't closing his mouth!! There was something in there!! It was small enough to fit in there, and I couldn't see what it was. As soon as doggy got wind of the fact that I wanted to peer into his mouth, he ran to the end of his leash and pulled as hard as he could. There was NO WAY he was going to let me look into his mouth and take away the tasty mystery morsel!!
And then, it started...the grinding, crunching sound that made my stomach turn. I had absolutely no idea what was in there, but doggy loved it. For close to a dozen times, I tried to get him to open his mouth so that I could see what was in there..but to no avail. This was one time that doggy was NEVER going to let me win!! This taste was too new...too different. The sound went on and on. Crunching, grinding..sounded like he was crushing his teeth against a metal beam. It was so gross.
Each time I looked at him, his mouth was opened but the mystery object was not about to come out. This sound, and thus the chewing, continued for about 20 minutes. I kept imagining this steel object making its way through my doggy..trying to come out the next day!!! That evening, after explaining to my hubby, we put doggy on watch. I was petrified of what would come out of him. The next day he was fine, and the day after that as well. Whatever he had eaten, did not seem to have affected him in any way.
The next night, as we were walking, I saw a snail on the street... I closed my eyes and made a secret wish that it was a snail (shell and all) that puppy had eaten 2 days ago. I'll never know for sure, but I'll start carrying around garlic butter with me...j ust in case.
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