We have an adventure planned for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend so we wanted to test out Darwin's reaction to snow to get prepared. We headed East on I90 towards Snoqualmie looking for a snowy area for Darwin to explore. We had snow chain issues (why are chains so hard to put on?!) so didn't get to anywhere too snowy, but found a little rec area that had some slushy snow on the ground and figured it would be good enough for our little experiment. We put on her coat and headed out to explore. She was a little nervous about it at first, but soon was willing to check it out.
She liked to find holes in the snow cover and stick her nose in it.
Soon we found a hill of dirt covered in snow and let her off leash to play on it. She had a blast. Zoomies all over the hill. She was a total snow bunny.
We were relived that she actually enjoyed the snow, but decided to head out after a short time cause it was raining and getting cold.
Since she only got a short time to romp, we headed over to Marymoor so she could get some real play time in.
As soon as we got there she found a 2 year old dane, Daisy, to play with and chase.
During our loop around the park she met this German Shepherd pup to play with.
On our way out, we met the cutest big 5.5month old European dane... can't remember his name, but he's a cutie! At 5.5months he's almost as tall as Darwin, but a lot more stocky.
As we were nearing the exit we passed an older brindle dane and found out she was 11.5 years old! That's an old dane! And she looked good for her age! We hope Darwin lives a long life like that!
One thing I feel we need to work with Darwin on is her confidence. She can be such a scaredy cat. She's fine going up to random people to say hi when she wants to, but when people want to say hi to her, she sometimes gets scared and barks and backs away. A lot of the time it's people with hats on that freak her out. What's the best way to teach her these people aren't scary? Last week when I took her to Marymoor, there was a guy in the grass throwing the ball for his dog and Darwin was scared of him. Barked, whined, jumped around. I went over to stand by the guy to show her there wasn't anything to be scared of, and he tried to take off his hat and kneel down to say hi, but she would come close and then run off. It was funny to the guy and I, but also frustrating. It's worse when people want to say hi to her and she gets scared and barks because then they think she's mean and she's really not! Advice?