Jackson is now 15 months old and still a crazy puppy. I thought he’d be a lot calmer by now but his favourite thing is still to run around like a maniac or play with John. I don’t get much time to play with him to be honest because of Erin so giving him exercise is really John’s department.
Due to how Jackson reacts to new people and other dogs we have never taken him out and let him off the lead before. It has scared the crap out of both of us. For some unknown reason though I recently had the urge to take him to the park and let him go wild. John was not as keen as I was but we went prepared. Maybe I wanted us to go out for a bit with Erin too but not on a really long dog walk.
At about 5pm one evening we headed to the park armed with 4 tennis balls, a thrower and loads of treats. We just had to hope the park was empty… which thankfully it was pretty much. There was only a few teenagers sat on a bench quite far away. We walked a fair way in and off came the lead!
Jackson was so excited to be chasing a ball and knowing there was another one waiting for him when he came back made it even better for him. We’ve had issues before with him not dropping toys or bringing them back to us at home but he did this every single time at the park.
We didn’t even stay out for an hour but Jackson was so tired that he gave up playing. John was easily able to get his lead back on before heading home. I’m so unbelievably proud of Jackson because he did so well. People and dogs being there would be entirely different but at least now John can take Jackson in the mornings for half an hour or so rather than for a walk for over an hour!
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