I kept hearing my bipeds talking about when they could take me for my first walk. I didn’t really understand what this was, but they were obviously looking forward to it. They carried me wherever we went. When we went to puppy training classes, one of my bipeds carried me to the car and then from the car into the hall. We went to see the vet a couple of times and I didn’t even get onto the floor there!
I had a vaccination at nine weeks old and a second one at eleven weeks old. I heard the biped that went with me for my second vaccination talking to the vet about when I could start walking. She said that she didn’t know how much longer she was going to be able to carry me as I was growing so fast. It seemed very odd to me because I could walk perfectly well already – when I was allowed to! He laughed and said he could understand it was a bit of a challenge to carry me about. He said that the next few days were very important and each day after that helped a little more. He then said that thirteen weeks was the ideal, but not to worry if she couldn’t quite manage the whole time. He showed her a chart with something called percentages on it – it looked very dull indeed, but she was interested. I heard her explain later that it showed how effective the vaccinations became as the days passed.
We had short sessions walking on the lead in the garden and at puppy training classes. I didn’t like it, I couldn’t really see the point of it and it made it impossible for me to go where I wanted. I demanded lots of treats to cooperate at all. They said that it was to get ready for my walk. I didn’t see how this walk was going to be very exciting, if I was stuck on a stupid lead!
One of the other things I heard them saying about the walk didn’t make much sense to me either. They said that I was getting plenty of socialisation, so they wanted somewhere quiet for my first walk; that sounded boring – I liked getting lots of attention from lots of people, lots of the time.
Anyway, the day of the famous walk arrived. They took me out to the car and put me in it – I liked going in the car. We drove a little way and then the car stopped and they put the lead on me and lifted me out of the car. Then they put me down on my own paws and we started to walk on a large grassy area that was much bigger than our garden – it was called a field. It didn’t seem that different from the grass at home at first, but then my nose told me there was a smorgasbord of smells. Now I knew what all the fuss was about – this was doggy heaven, a different smell at every turn. I stuck my nose to the ground and started to follow where it took me. I could hear the bipeds laughing, but I was only really interested in all the wonderful smells.
After what seemed like moments, they started trying to distract me with treats, but I wasn’t interested in the treats at all – I was having such a wonderful time following all the new smells. I had no idea that a walk could be so much fun. I kept investigating different smells in the field until I suddenly became very tired. They put me back in the car and I fell asleep straightaway. I slept on the way home and they carried me indoors when we arrived. I snoozed for another hour or so, dreaming of all kinds of new smells.
I could see now why they’d been so excited about going for a walk and I also understood what the lead was for – it was so they didn’t get lost while I was concentrating on the wonderful smells! I was really looking forward to my next walk, but I could see I was going to have my work cut out training them to keep up and not to distract me.
See you next Wednesday!