For instance, last night's episode featured a troubled dog who ate anything and everything. He ended up needing surgery for a small bowel obstruction after eating the front door mat! Cesar walked straight in and accused the poor family of taking on a dog too big for their inactive lifestyle. The dog was not to blame for his behaviour, he was simply the product of a
It got me thinking about our little boy who also suffers from an excess of pent-up energy. He can be quite a challenge since he just never stops - jumping around, talking loudly and requiring constant attention. In an effort to assume the blame for his demeanor I decided a nice long bike ride would be fun and beneficial to both of us. I wish I could say we would do it everyday. I will TRY.
We are really lucky to live in a very bike-friendly area. We rode first along the main road which has a wide cycle lane on the footpath, then along the Izumisano Walking Course. We made our way over to Marble Beach, which also has wide off-the-road cycling and walking paths. I still feel frightened of Little Guy's daring nature to speed blindly ahead or when he runs out of steam, to dawdle dangerously behind. But with safe paths to stick to it's just a matter of watching out for cars pulling in or out of small roads and driveways. I do think he is improving and becoming more self-aware.
I have a few other Cesar tricks I use with Little Guy. I don't want you to think I treat him like a dog though! Last night I heard Cesar say something about defining boundaries and limitations. I'm pretty sure that's a recognised parenting method too, right?