Tuesday with Gertie

Yes, today is Wednesday, but you see, yesterday was Tuesday and it’s Tuesday I want to write about. As you know, we are struggling with our new dog. The completion of the fence has been a real lifesaver. It’s been great to just let Gertie out and have her run around a bit. She’s a little weird about it – she’ll bolt out but then bolt right back in – but I love that we don’t have to take her for the bone-chilling, will-she-won’t-she-attempt-to-bite-off-someone’s-hand walk. I realized, though, that the fence was not a long-term option for exercising the dog. Especially because I want to avoid becoming the shut-ins I worry we’re already becoming. So last week I ordered the Halti, which was highly recommended to me by my friend, dog-savvy Wendy. Yesterday, we came home to the Amazon package right on our little doorstep. Hooray! I was ready to try it out. We went and got Gertie out of our bedroom (she stays there during the day and seems to do really well), opened up the package and strapped it on her. The four of us went out for a walk…And it was pretty great. She didn’t pull as much with it, and while she tried to take it off a few times, she seemed to tolerate it pretty well. We didn’t encounter any other animals, so I don’t know how it would have helped me restrain her from them, but we did encounter the specimen Gertie may detest more than rabbits: skateboarders. Oy vey. But, the Halti helped me keep her under control and she eventually settled down. The pedestrians and bikers we saw weren’t of much interest to her (yay) and she seemed generally like a very normal dog. So, my review: good so far. Let’s see how it goes tonight.

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4 Responses to “Tuesday with Gertie”


  1. 1 Mary Lloyd June 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Never heard of the collar you got but a few years ago we got a plastic pinch collar and it made walking Clancy so much calmer. Good luck. I wish Clancy could go to a dog park but no way can he be trusted. We take him to our neighborhood cemetery and there he can run free. He is very obedient about coming, which of course is imperative. There is usually no people and if there are, we don’t go.

  2. 2 kateandgracie June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hmm. Good tip. According to the vet, if a puppy isn’t socialized normally in the first six months of her life, this is what can happen. Everything is fearful.

  3. 3 Jane Roe June 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Is the Halti the one that goes on her head? Ozzie used to have that one but Shannon and Maddie hated it and so I got them the easy walker which pulls them from the front of their chests. It is a miracle worker.

  4. 4 kateandgracie June 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

    We had two that pulled her from her chest and, while they worked great, she chewed them both off of her. I would describe the Halti as a more serious gentle leader. Seems more secure.


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