Continued from Part I.
Kronos also got to be the errand helper and visit some fun places. We went to Olsen’s Grain (a wonderful little feed store and a park with lots of activity, people, and noises. Our main goal was positive exposure and experiences with as much as possible (more background on this in a separate post). At Olsen’s Kronos got treats from the people and when he knew the people weren’t going to stare at him or pet him, he was very content and much more relaxed. He kept sniffing all the different foods and treats and he even focused enough to do a few sits, downs, and stays. He got on the scale and we got his weight (he’s around 31 lbs., but he feels pretty light when he’s held!). When we were checking out he even put his paws up on the counter to ask for a treat (cheeky boy!). He figured since it works at PetSmart surely it would work at Olsen’s!
After that we went to to park and there was a dog park there. There weren’t any dogs there so we got the dog park all to ourselves. There was some awesome Agility equipment at this one which included tire jumps, some stacked tunnels, and small jumps. Kronos had fun trying all the obstacles out.
After playing at the dog park we walked around, jumped on different things, played fetch for a bit, and then Kronos enjoyed his chew from Olsen’s while we watched kids screaming and running around at the playground.
In between outings we explored the forests and meadows and went for a few pack walks. Bella, Terra, & Kronos loved it and had so much fun. On one of the evenings Kronos went downtown with me for the First Friday Artwalk (this was something Bella and I would do with a friend every so often and we always had so much fun). He was pretty nervous and skittish at first and spooked a little at some shadows and piled up sand bags. But we walked by them a few times to show him there was nothing to fear and then he was fine. We didn’t stay very long because Kronos was a bit worried (and the goal was to be exposed to some new things but for it to be a very positive experience for him so he’ll eventually take on a new situation with a can-do attitude and chill demeanor), but it was still a wonderful experience for him. He got to see tons of crazy things (we crossed intersections, had to walk in tight quarters near people, hear loud music and more), people making all kinds of noises, a few other dogs, and hear the general noises of busy nightlife. When we got back in the car he was absolutely exhausted.
We have a few more photos to share, but we’ll share them in another post because this one was already so long!
It was wonderful to take our training on the road and get some exposure and more experience.