Good afternoon Coco! What a fabulous day for an outing. How about we just get out and move. She is an absolute sweet heart, Coco like the rest of us has a mind of her own and likes to call the shots! And so do I 😉. Coco had know idea she was getting the crazy dog runner today. I have never talked so much to a dog in such a short period of time. I even think Coco was questioning my state of mind. I think she did a great job. She was a trooper today. Thanks for the fantastic company this afternoon Coco! Cheers. 3 pees
DISTANCE: 2.74 DURATION: 46:00
As soon as I entered Coco's home, I was welcomed by two of her fur-family. Coco waited patiently while wagging her tail, until I let open the gate of her kennel. Then, with a paw on the door, I knew she wanted to go outside! We had an interesting adventure around her neighborhood chasing tree fluff, frequent rest stops to see the happenings of the neighbors and embracing the coolness of the shaded grass. One thing is for sure... Coco really knows how to pull her weight! Especially when we were on a pathway that headed home. There was no changing her mind once she knew which direction she was going! Haha! A short trot/walk for us today! She was eager to go back home :) The scoop: Coco peed only.
DISTANCE: 2.58 km DURATION: 55:24
So today was Coco's third DGR day in a row, after taking some time off to be at the lake. She put up a bit of a protest, looking up at me with those beautiful eyes. She looked imploringly at me, as if to say, "Do we HAVE to run? I just want to sniff, or even just lie down in the shade." So we didn't run, I tried to coax her to walk a little at a time. And anytime we made some progress I let her have a sniff break. We aimed for 40 minutes out because I knew coming back would be a lot quicker. Doggy business: three pees.
DISTANCE: 3.54 km DURATION: 54:49
What a difference a day makes. Today was beautiful and sunny as we made our way through the neighborhood. We observed lots of four-legged creatures including rabbits and a wide variety of local canines out for walks enjoying the day. Coco and I ran at a leisurely pace while investigating the wondrous smells that come with an early Fall
DISTANCE: 4.13 km DURATION: 57 minutes
When Ruth and I went to pick up Coco today, in the rain, I had the same feeling that a mail carrier must have....neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor hail will keep me from running with Coco! Coco is a beautiful, strong willed two year old Rottweiler that LOVES to sniff everything in sight..We passed by many lion statues/ornaments that must have been rather appealing to stop at. We also passed fence posts and bushes full of wonderful smells on a rainy run. Once we hit just passed the half way mark of our time together and turned in the direction of home, Coco led the way back to the comforts of her home. Coco's business for the run was one pee and one poop!
Runners: Liz and Ruth
DISTANCE: 6.57 km DURATION: 55:39
I am convinced that Coco loves when we bring a guest runner on her runs as she always picks up the pace and is on her best behaviour. Today's guest was my 15 year old son Ryan. I think Coco has a crush on him as she was prancing about and when she ran she had a big smile on her face. Ryan does have this effect on the female persuasion. The run included two trips to the stream where Coco enjoyed when I made a bowl out of my hands and she could sip the cool water. The scoop: 2 pees only and a few pretend pees (silly girl!). Lots of fun and I had the extra treat of picking up her sister Olivia and her brother Reggie (2 affable beagles) for a few days at my home.
DISTANCE: 6.03 km DURATION: 55:47
Today I had my daughter Taylor join us on our run. She is hoping to become a DGRunner and she was keen to meet Coco. Coco and her sibs greeted us both excitedly. We started off with a good sniff break so that Coco could start our run feeling good about being on leash. And then we were off. She did fantastic! We gave her the 5-second rule for sniffing. And most of the time before I got to 5 Coco was ready to run. She did take a few minutes for a break on the side of the path where she chilled in the shade. Otherwise she mostly ran at a nice steady pace with only a couple minor diversions; wanting to say hi to other dogs. Two pees and no poops for Coco today.
Today was my first official DGR run and my first time meeting the Rottweiler Coco after hearing so much about her. Coco was super excited to be out today and was just happy to meet a new person and go for a run. We stopped to sniff out the smells and to roll around in the grass. I hope to be able to run this energetic girl again someday. 2 pees no poos.
Runners: Tammy and Taylor
DISTANCE: 5.50 km DURATION: 1:01:16
I had an idea for Coco's run today that I thought she may enjoy. Her family takes her on long hikes so I thought today would be more about speed walking through any type of woods we could find in Coach Hill. Coco took about 5 minutes to sniff around her home and feel safe to leave but once we started walking/hiking she did really great. We even had a small dog off-leash come in her direction and she was able to contain herself until the owner realized the dog had strayed. Good girl Coco! I also let her carry her favourite orange ball in her mouth for a bit. The weather was quite hot so even though we found shady spots, Coco had 2 times where she stopped and laid in the cool grass. It was a nice time just to chill and pet those soft ears. Good job hiking girl! The scoop: 1 poop and 2 pees.
DISTANCE: 4.13 km DURATION: 1:00:09
Today was our best adventure yet! Coco was a star! Here's what happened: First 20 minutes, she had one long pee, many sniffs & great jogging warm-up!! Next 5 mins, we were in the waterfall for a long cool drink and splashes of water on Coco's back....Ahhhh! Minutes 25-55 we ran/hiked through forest, hill and valley - Coco was a machine! 2 poops and we were headed back. She pulled me up a huge hill to arrive home - thank you Coco! Can't wait til Wednesday's adventure😅
DISTANCE: 4.15 km DURATION: 1:05:13
Today Coco and I were training, training, training on our run. Here's her report card: 28 minutes chew-free leash jogging, rewarded by sniffing. We had 3 passes with dogs and zero reaction. Bravo! Doggy business: 2 number # 1s. We discovered a waterfall and that involved drinking and splashing. Congrats on an excellent run/walk Coco!
DISTANCE: 5.21 km DURATION: 58:35
Today was my first time running solo with Coco Coco has stolen my heart! We had a beautiful run between 9:30 and 10:30am today. I'm so proud of Coco's composure and good listening, which we reward with sniffing. She peed 5 minutes into our run. We ran to a natural area and had fun exploring the long grass and bushes. 30minutes in we had a long drink and Coco loved having water poured down her back. Coming home, we practiced not pulling and delayed reward of walking up the front steps! Can't wait til Wednesday's run Coco,
DISTANCE: 7.71 km DURATION: 1:01:33
Today, my good friend, fellow Fitness Instructor and Dog Whisperer Erika joined Coco and me on our run. Sibling beagles Reggie and Olivia greeted us at the door. Reggie was very affectionate and it felt like he wanted to join us on the run. Maybe next time Reggie! One of the many conclusions we drew from today's run was that Coco enjoys having 2 runners and feeling a part of a pack. Conclusion #2: Coco loves the Gulpy water bottle and successfully emptied it. Conclusion #3: Coco does well when given a wide berth with other dogs and did really well with some good distances between approaching dogs. Conclusion #4: Coco needs a pre-run warm-up to sniff around her home and neighbourhood before setting off on her run. Conclusion #5: If you keep Coco moving, she can go the distance. Such a successful run today Coco-nut! The poop scoop: 1 pee and 1 poop. Lastly, the good news, Erika is joining our DGR team to run Coco on Mondays and Wednesdays! Hooray!
DISTANCE: 3.98 km DURATION: 59:47
Coco was happy to see me when I went to go pick her up today. But once we got outside she was especially stubborn today. It could have been the monstrous 20K hike she did on the weekend, or it might have been the heat, but she would not budge! It took us almost 20 minutes to get to the end of the block. Then a couple walked past, and Coco thought she might follow them for a bit. Once she got moving, she did so much better. For a km and half she would walk/run, then sniff. In our third km, she hunkered down in the shade, and again, it took a lot of convincing to get her moving again. Finally our last km, she kept up a decent pace all the way home. The CTV tower definitely acts as her "barn yard door"! One pee for Coco today. Once we got home we had a nice visit with Coco's fur sibs, Reggie and Olivia.
DISTANCE: 4.6 km DURATION: 54 minutes
Coco and I found a great new spot to run today; it was through a big wide open green space with powerlines. I loved it because we did not run into any other dogs to bother us and Coco loves it as she loves the grass on her paws and it gave her lots of areas to sniff. I got this great photo of her and love how her leash and the background flowers are the same colour. Lately, Coco and I are working on leash manners and following commands. I am a Taurus so my zodiac sign's characteristic is stubbornness. I think Coco has a bit of this quality in her so we had a 3 minute stand-off on which direction to go. I held my ground but it did feel like time was standing still. See the photo where she is not looking at me. Once we headed back to her house, she was as happy as a clam. Not even 1 pee or poo.
DISTANCE: 6.12 km DURATION: 54:03
Great progress for Coco today. As we approach the end of a school year, I can't help but think about report cards. Both from my years as a mom and as a teacher. So I would definitely give Coco a B+ for effort today. I tried a new system today where I would let her sniff once per block for only 5 seconds. I would count aloud, "1-one thousand, 2-one thousand, etc.". On five I would give her a gentle tug and say "come" and once moving I gave her a treat. This started to really work well, and after a few times, she didn't always need the treat reward. We came across an older Spanish speaking man who Coco took a liking towards. He nicely told Coco to vamos. To which I replied 'c'mon coco, andale andale.' The man then said something else in Spanish to which I just had to smile and shrug my shoulders. All in all a good run for Coco. No poos or pees.