I'm so proud of him. Normally, when we introduce anything new to the cracker, its days at a time. It literally took me a week to condition him to the car harness, each day feeding him while getting one step further to pulling his legs through without him having a complete panic attack. This time, for his new shoes, I stuck a bunch of chicken in my hand and closed it like a kong so he had to work at it while Mr. Wild Dingo stuck his new shoes on his feet. It worked like a charm. And instead of giving him time to feel good in the new shoes, we just put him and Juno in the car and headed right out to the snow.
And though he still doesn't love the deep snow, he tolerated it much better this time and we were able to complete the full trail. We let them off lead a few times for zoomies but Loki pretty much glued himself to my legs while Juno bounded as far ahead as possible. Soon enough she grew tired of recalling to us every time she went too far and eventually just stuck close--87 feet--husky distance.
None of us would be doing snow sports if it wasn't for Juno. Just watching her bound around in the deep stuff full of glee was enough to make it worth the stress of putting 4 booties on the cracker and driving 20 minutes under his protesting whines.
Half way through the trail, he got some snow inside one or two of his shoes and he would stop every few minutes to lick or attend to it. Then I panicked and started to think about what we'd do if Loki refused to walk on. So I started really hauling ass because I couldn't picture either of us having to carry a 70-lb cracker back up the mountain and to the car. So I took advantage of Loki's neurotic need to only being handled by me and we switched dogs. I took Juno while Mr. Wild Dingo took Loki's leash behind me. Naturally, that just motivated Loki to stop thinking about his wet paws and move quickly in order to stay close to me.
I'm evil like that, Internet.
He doesn't love it. But he's going to get used to it. Because doing new things is good for him. But more importantly, because making the cracker do new things entertains the three of us.
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