A New Leash on Walks
And I was right. He may not have noticed it was different, but I sure did. At about a foot shorter than his previous 6' leash, I like the fact that I don't have to wad up all the extra leash around my hand. Its extra weight really gives me confidence in its durability. Although the idea behind heeling is to not pull on the leash, when he does pull, the elasticity makes it less of a jolt on me (which when walking a combined weight of 140lbs of dog, with Teddy and D'Art together, is a good thing.)
Perhaps it was the new leash, perhaps it was the one-on-one time we had together, or perhaps it was practicing clicker training (shout-out to Oh My Dog! blog for this awesome clicker!), but he heeled very nicely for most of the walk. I'm hoping in a day or two walking will be back on the post-flu agenda and we can get out and about with our new leash again.