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Published on Apr 5, 2010
I have been taking Kili to the park more and more lately. I've also been lengthening the harness leash so that she can exercise more freedom. In this video I start with some very short recalls, go through some medium ones, and then get to the longest string (15ft + 5ft harness).
The video shows how I put the harness on Kili and walk down a few busy city streets to get to the park. We do some recalls and progressively lengthen the leash with successive tries.
Midway through the training session, an immature Cooper's Hawk snatched a pigeon across the street from the park before my very eyes. It flew over top of us and landed in a tree at the other end of the playground. I purposefully included a bit of the footage of the hawk after it landed in the tree to emphasize that the predator threat is indeed very real no matter if you are in the city or country side. No one should take this lightly and must be fully aware of it and consequences.