I Let My Dog Walk Me And I Ended Up Learning A Lot
Stop and smell the (pee-soaked) roses, once in a while.
Hi, we’re Chelsea (human) and Hadley (dog).
1. I would only go in the direction that she pulled.
2. I would try my best to keep her leash loose.
3. Obviously, I would intervene if she was pulling into a street or towards a mean dog.
Okay, so first we went to a UPS drop-off point because mama had to do an errand. But then, it was all Hadley. And she was immediately...confused.
Here are some of the things I learned during our adventure:
1. She listens to me way more than I thought.
2. I felt so PROUD of her.
3. Letting your dog walk you will confuse other people.
4. She really forced me to slow down and appreciate small things.
5. I was calmer at work after all that slowing down.
Following Hadley's lead helped me slow down in the morning and made me feel more centered by the time I got to work. Maybe it was letting a little dog take control of my morning, maybe it was stopping to notice how nice the spring flowers are right now, maybe it was both. All I know is that I felt better.
6. Hadley knows her way home.
7. Hadley's thoughts (I assume):
Overall, I recommend doing this for at least part of your walk, even if you don't have an endless amount of time.
Listen, I get why we can't do this every single morning. Mainly, what if she takes me an hour and a half away from my apartment?
But I really want to try and incorporate this into at least half of our normal morning walks. It's nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the flowers, pee-soaked or not.
Plus, sometimes it's good not to be in charge.