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Monday, August 31, 2009

Haruki Adventures - Haruki Does A Marley at Bukit Gasing

Last Saturday, my sis and I brought Haruki for his virgin trip out of the housing area to Bukit Gasing for a fun walk. What my sister and I imagined didn't materialize as Haruki turned in a Marley when we got there!

Haruki was restless as we were travelling on the highway as I guessed it didn't smell good and the noise levels were pretty bad for Ruki's ears. The moment we turned at Raju's, Haruki suddenly turned very alert and was sniffing the air with great interest. My sis usually leaves one window down for her son (the dog) to stick his head up to enjoy the scenery and air.

The Park Entrance...

Haruki getting down from the car looking bewildered at the new surroundings...

Walking in through the entrance, Haruki got really excited with all the new surroundings and scents and was tugging my sister to hurry up...

Haruki does his 1st Marley move....running after 2 dogs with my sis trying desperately to cling on to the leash in which she drops the leash eventually due to Haruki's body force being too much for her to handle...
==in the backdrop, some walkers were shaking their heads in disapproval and some were smiling bemusedly==

As we were getting admonished for bringing in an uncontrollable dog in, we got negative feedback that made my sister decide to turn back and leave instead. As we couldn't turn back, my sister had to walk till the end and do a U-Turn to the next lane.

However, Ruki didn't seem to wanna go back and continued to tug...

Finally, my sis managed to turn back towards the entrance. I think we only managed to go in about 200m...*lol*....

Luckily, we did meet some kind people who own dogs and in particular this uncle who said he had 2 labradors of which one was a chocolate brown labrador - My sis's dream dog. So they stood at the entrance discussing doggy tips.

As we were walking back to the car, there was a rotweiller puppy standing next to his master and Haruki wanted to go and make friends. My sis pulled Haruki back fearing that the Rotweiller may attack her silly son. Suddenly we spotted this great dane lookalike dog. To me, the dog reminded me of Scooby Doo and reminded my sister of the cartoon character Mamaduke. The owner, Leon, was very friendly and brought his dog over to make friends with Haruki.

Surprisingly, Leon's dog (I forgot his name) is only 1 year old and was not a great dane as I originally thought it was. He is a mixed breed of Doberman and Bull Mastiff. He had a really nice coat of shiny milk chocolate color. He is very friendly but people are intimidated by its size. He's only 1 year old and so big already. My sis said that her son looks like a gal next to this dog. cute..!! The 3 dog owners step in to discuss and share more doggy tips. Leon's dog was trained strictly by the textbook. No fancy classes for him. The secret lays with the firmness and consistency of the owner.

Leon was surprised that Haruki walks with his nose stuck sniffing on the ground instead of walking with its head upright to be alert of the surroundings and to protect his owner if needs be. He advised to train Ruki using a haltee. He also said that the choker leash is not suitable for jungle treks and that a harness would be more suitable and easier to control. We went back to Leon's car as we didn't know what a haltee was and Leon demo-ed it to us using his dog's haltee on Haruki.
Haruki, the innocent dog, had no idea what he was getting himself into and was willing to let Leon slip the haltee on.

Leon then continues to advise us on how the haltee is to be used....

We saw the magic of the haltee...each time the dog bends down to sniff, one must jerk the haltee up...repeat if necessary. Soon the dog will learn not to sniff too much.

Leon's last imparting advice was that my sis is the master / BOSS whereas Haruki is the slave / PET.

Moral of The Story

- Choker not recommended for jungle treks. Harness recommended.
- Must train Haruki to be more calm as some walkers didn't like Haruki as a wild dog
- Must show Haruki that Mama is boss and not Haruki is boss
- Must make time and sacrifices in order to bring up a fitter dog.

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