Check out the link above for a list of all the canyon parklands and maps of each.
|You'd never know we're hiking right next to a freeway!|
Downsides include coyotes and rattlesnakes - oh, and ticks if you get off the trail, so stay on the trails!!
But now to Rita's hiking mischief...
Because Rita can be reactive to other dogs when she's on-leash, I like the hubs to go in front in spots where the trail is narrow and difficult to see what's coming. That way, he can spot any oncoming dogs and we can pull over with our cheese and get ready to talk very happily about the "nice doggies!" coming our way.*
Only, Rita likes to be in the lead!
She tries and tries to get around the hubs.
When I finally let her go ahead of him, she's a happy girl...
But it doesn't take long before there's a distracting smell...
And then he passes us while she sniffs. And then she's got to jockey for position again.
This played out over and over again on our hike last week!
Luckily the trail is mostly nice and wide open with a good view of what's coming, so we didn't have to attempt to get the hubs out in the lead too often.
And, contrary to how it might look in the pics, she's not really a puller. She just likes to be a bit in front of us. Not sure if she thinks it's part of her guard-dog duties or what?
Does your dog like to be in front, to see what's coming?
* Luckily ALL the other dogs we saw were on leash. It's very important when hiking San Diego's canyons to keep your dog on leash! As mentioned above, there are many coyotes, rattlesnakes and ticks in our canyons! We've seen all three on our hikes, many times.
Thanks to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief!