Adventures of Janice: Walk and Talk Time!

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Pat and Leanne are part of the Maine region team. Here they hold 4-month-old Janice on the day of her walk and talk. By: Volunteer Puppy Raiser Elora Hixon

Janice is now 4 months old, which means she’s ready for her first “walk and talk.”  This is when our regional managers spend one-on-one time with us to help us work through any challenges we might be having with our pups.  Though walk and talks are informal, they do sometimes feel like tests of how we’re doing; when our pups do well, we feel like we’re doing a good job as raisers!

Exercise is always important, particularly before a walk and talk or puppy class.  We started our morning with some play time before heading over to Portland to meet the team.  Janice slept the whole way there.  When we arrived, we spent a little time checking out the parking lot before I asked Janice to start focusing on her work.

During the actual walk and talk, Janice did very well.  One difficult moment occurred near a bus stop, when a young, unsupervised child started running towards her.  I knew that his excitement level would be a lot for Janice to take in and that she’d likely jump on him – not a good experience for either of them.  I ended up picking her up until the child’s parent came out to get him.  One of the hardest parts of raising puppies is setting them up for success amidst the unexpected nature of the rest of the world.

We finished up our walk and talk by working on house manners inside the building where we normally have class.  Janice still has a lot to work on, but we have a wonderful region team here in Maine, and I know they’ll be with us every step of the way to make sure Janice continues in the right direction.

Walk and talks are hard work.  As we headed home, I don’t think I even got to the main road before Janice was snoozing away in the back.  🙂

Yellow Lab puppy Janice snoozes on top of her brother, yellow Lab Jethro.