I am entering my 3rd month of walking the 24 Paws of Love every other day. We have notice as the snow has been melting that the trash has been growing. I was talking to the dogs while we were walking and we all agreed we had to do something about it.
So today, Brut and I decided to start cleaning up as we walked together. Of all the dogs Brut is the one who has to stop the most because he has to mark everything he can. Most of the time he would do his marking while I was picking up trash. Everything from paper cups, empty pop bottles, beer cans etc. It went really well. Although Brut wondered why I was going off our path in a different direction to pick up something, until he realized he had a fresh place to mark. We filled our one and only bag in the first half of our walk. So I decided Zappa would have to pick up where his dad left off. After my testing out trash collecting with Brut, I was beginning to learn this is going to take a lot of practice. Since I was the one who was picking up everything and training the dogs isn't my forte.
Zappa and I had a few tug of wars with each other. He wanting to go sniffing one way, while I needed to go the other way to pick up another water bottle. We got tangled a few times around trees and around each other, but all and all we got as much as we could into our bag. Zappa felt good because he got a longer walk out of it and I was happy to have picked up two bags of trash for the day.
On a more serious note, I'm wondering how long is it going to take to train the dogs to pick up the trash instead of me doing it? I guess I will find out soon enough!! :)