27 June 2011

Leash Free.

Today has been the warmest day of the year so far with a temperature of 30C. I think it is unlikely to get any higher than that this year.

The good thing about the temps being that high is that weeds curl up and die the minute you hoe them off so that's what I've been doing most of today. Also there is lots of soft fruit picking to be done at the moment, I made a second picking of the Raspberries this morning, I've now harvested 8 kgs with the picking I made last week.

During the past week I have been getting Tess used to walking off the leash. She already has the hang of walking on the leash and is very good mostly walking with a slack leash unless there is something interesting taking her attention. So for that reason I have to choose where to let her lose at the moment because although she usually comes to me when I call her I'm not totally confident that I would get her full attention if the choice was between me or a squirrel. Anyway tonight I let her off on what we call the narrow walk where she is pretty well confined except for a few gaps in the hedge. The funny thing was that everytime we pass one of the gaps and she is on the leash she trys to go through them but tonight when she was off the leash she paid no interest in them at all so I'm not sure what that's about. Anyway all went well and I think she enjoyed the freedom and of course Tommy was a great help as usual because she mostly followed him as you can see in the short video I took on the way back.
video

10 comments:

grouchy said...

What a great pup! I read recently about adder bites over there this summer. Be careful. My corgis would ponce on anything moving on the ground.

Sara said...

How sweet. I love walking my dogs off leash, but don't get to do it very often. I would love to take them for a stroll on your "narrow walk."

Matron said...

What a great role model Tommy is! Tess will be learning so much behaviour from just watching him! Before you know it she will be bringing you beer from the fridge!

Gail said...

Tommy does his job well. I like the way he hangs behind but always retakes the leading spot. Both very good dogs.

ellen abbott said...

what a cute pup and such a quick learner. of course she has a great role model.

sagechronicles said...

Tess is doing great! Of course, she has a great role-model in Tommy.

Emily C. said...

the coldest day here is 30 Celsius! haha. Nice video of tess

HORIZON said...

So envious of your weather down there Rob- max of 16 for us today...grumble.
Love the way Tommy takes the lead again- Tess is doing really well but l'd also be a bit worried just now - it's a steep learning curve for them.
I've been rushing around for Sam's last week of school- will be glad when they break up on Thur. phew
bests for now

Julie said...

How sweet that Tommy is such a great role model for Tess. So cute. I enjoyed seeing them walking together, how precious.

Amy Wood said...

Tommy sure does a great job leading the way!