However, due to lack of time, after Luke sat and I stood there for a moment, I decided to go ahead and reach back for the door knob. As soon as I did, Luke lunged forward towards the door again. I was able to correct him enough so that I was able to get out the front door, but in order to shut the door I had to physically push Luke away with my foot, which made me feel awful. So, I’m definitely going to work on this problem with Luke more when I have plenty of time to practice patience with him, as well.
Justin and I decided to take all three dogs out for a couple of walks this past weekend, which went fairly well. The first walk was better than the second walk, though, and I cut the second walk short out of frustration. During their first walk together, I started out walking both Sam and Margot and let Justin walk Luke because Sam and Margot are the two “pullers,” and I feel like they respect me as an authority figure more than they do Justin (no offense to Justin, but he’s just too tender-hearted and gentle to really demand their respect the way that I do). However, Sam was actually being very well behaved and not pulling on her leash at all, and because Margot was turning into quite the handful, Justin offered to walk Sam with Luke. That turned out to be a much better arrangement, because Luke and Sam were excellent walkers together.
So, yesterday, when we decided to walk all three of them again, Justin took Sam and Luke and I took Margot. I want to preface this by adding that I had just come back from a four-hour photo shoot, which was fun, but a bit nerve-racking for various reasons. So, my nerves were already a bit frazzled when we decided to go for a walk, which probably didn’t help make Sam and Margot feel any more relaxed. However, the main problem was that there were a lot more people and dogs out at the park yesterday, so Margot and Sam were both at higher states of excitement and energy than the day before. (Notice I’m not mentioning Luke because he remained a calm, happy dog during both pack walks.) I tried to pause several times during the walk, taking deep breaths each time to try to release my own anxious energy, but as soon as we’d start walking again, it would come right back.