I have the pleasure of introducing Luna C. Lupus from the blog Mother of Rescues on today's guest blog post. Luna lives in Slovenia! She writes about her experiences with challenging rescues, and her blog is a source of emotional support for those living with reactive dogs. Here is her article:
Hiking together with your four legged best friend has got to be one of the most gratifying experiences. Your dog has the opportunity to run and explore and you are right there with him, adventuring alongside, taking in the beauty of mother nature. I love hiking; it is good for my mental and physical health. I also have a reactive dog who enjoys hiking, but doesn’t enjoy other dogs or children. I’ll be honest and say that it’s sometimes a challenge - we’ve been known to pass on a family hike a couple of times in the past, because of her issues. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t hike or that we don’t enjoy it. On the contrary, hiking gives us an opportunity to bond with each other even more and push the boundaries of our comfort zones.
If you are wondering how can we have a relaxed, fulfilling hike when Bailey is reactive, the answer is that we have a system in place that doesn’t fail us! Over the past four years I have learned valuable lessons and developed strategies that have made life for Bailey and myself much easier! Follow along these five very important steps and your reactive dog will have a much better time on your hikes!
1. Do your research