An unexpected problem…

Landscape photography

Landscape photography and dog walking. Do they go together well? I think no… or yes if you know the traps. Over the years I created a habit which a landscape photographer should always optimize. I scan everything in front, I often turn around to see things from a different angle. I look to the left and to the right. I step forward and back to finalize my composition. Boomer was always watching me doing this. I didn’t recognize that he was developing the same habit. He started to think that I was scanning the surrounding to detect enemies early. He started to become aware and alerted of other people walking or jogging by, bicycles, cars… and other dogs. I created myself a problem. With the help of a fantastic dog trainer, I slowly return to normal. I use a marker word and clicker and focus at him while we walk. I think we will be fine very soon. If you are a landscape photographer and you plan to get a dog… watch out. Don’t fall into the same trap. Boomer is definitely worth any effort to get him back to normal. We joined an obedience rally team which helps a lot to train him to accept my habits as a landscape photographer. Now we are communicating at the same level with the same meanings. Autumn is coming and we have to prepare ourselves for various photography trips. Stay safe and healthy. Happy days. Reinhold and Boomer.

Dog walking

9 thoughts on “An unexpected problem…

    • I guess you are a very good dog mom! Boomer is very friendly too. With my habit and numerous tourist dogs in our neighborhood and round the lake, it is difficult for any dog to stay “normal”. I go for a walk 3-4 times a day. We meet 5-10 dogs each time. It could end up between 20-30 dogs a day. And more than half of these dogs are crazy. Vacation season is over in a week and we should get less crowds of people and their dogs. Hopefully. The corona virus has changed everything. Our little lake suddenly became the hotspot of the region. Fortunately the number of infections is still zero. Let’s hope it stays this way. Im Moment haben wir ein Gewitter und es regnet stark. Aber das tut gut nach der Hitzewelle. Liebe Grüße und glückliche Tage. Reinhold

      • Wir haben Hitzewelle jetzt. Aber ein Gewitter würde wahrscheinlich ein Lauffeuer auslösen. Wir möchten etwas ruhigen Regen. (I wish my vocabulary was better, so I have to cheat on part of this reply!) Danke.

  1. I can see how that would become a problem, but am glad you’re coming to grips with it. You’re right, he is worth it. Now, if you could only train him to spot photo-worthy things instead!

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