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To just use the backyard, it is usually Flem first out then Spip first back in whether one of us steps out with them or not.
For walks, it is DH and Flem then Spip and me through the kitchen door. We exit the backyard then they stop (do not have to sit, just calmly stand) while I close the gate. Same order at the end of the walk.
We also have them sit before crossing and I think that maybe perhaps they got the notion that they are not supposed to be on the street because when we have to walk on it (because of construction or people who parked like idiots) they tend to pull us back toward the grassy part and the walkway. When they are stopped and sitting at a crosswalk and a car drives by, we always make them wait until it is well away before we cross. Spip the Lab has a pretty strong automatic sit on walks (we stop for anything, she sits) while Flem, being Flem, is a work is slow progress and needs a verbal reminder.
Nathalie with Col - DOB 02/28/2013
Running like the wind and forever loved : Spip - 05/18/2002 -08/01/2015 and Flem 04/24/2004-03/31/2018
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