The rain returned Monday morning! It was a wet dog walk with Lola the Jack Russell Terrier / Pomeranian Mix and Millie the Formosan Mountain Dog. I felt like a drenched poodle by the time we were done! The girls had a great time. It’s so interesting for me to see how the different doggy personality work in different groups.
Lola is usually claims the Beta spot in our packs (I take Alpha). But not with Millie. I suspect that this is because the first time I walked Millie and Lola together, Millie wasn’t so sure about Lola. I heard a few growls from Millie the first time, which for Millie isn’t out of the norm. Millie sometimes needs some time to get relax around her new doggy friends. This tendency is also why she wears a muzzle. It allows Millie to safely socialize. Lola is a little spitfire, so I rarely worry about her.
Anyway. What makes this dynamic so interesting to me is how the dogs behaved on their walk. Normally, Lola is way out front leading the charge. Millie is usually right behind me until the end of the walk, when she finally allows herself to run. This time both girls were right behind me for the first half of the walk. Lola would head out front occasionally, but not with the same vim and vigour as usual. It was only once Millie broke free to run (and she was running with more energy than I’ve seen before) that Lola broke free running after her. This pack dynamic is only with the two of them. When Pippa joins the group the dynamics change again, as Millie will defer to Pippa and Pippa doesn’t mid deferring to Lola. Neat stuff!
We ran into a couple of other packs on our adventure walk. Millie’s social skills are really improving. She made a doggy friend from another pack and had some fun running around. Another dog walker commented on how far Millie has come with her social skills! It’s neat to see.
You could really feel the change in temperature at the higher elevations. The cooler air along with the rain kept us at the lower elevations for comfort. What a difference a few degrees in temperature can make!