I mentioned that I've been hiking (excessively, almost) with Odin, our trainer and her dogs to speed up his socialization, and also to help socialize her dogs more to an extremely barky and vocal pup.
I've fallen in love with this fluffy butt that I get to stare at for hours and hours on the trails and I love seeing him in these beautiful environments. He loves every second - all the new smells and experiences that stimulate him like nothing else can. I truly think that there is nothing better for him or for his development than getting to be up close and personal with real nature like this.
P.S. in these pictures, you can see he is on a long lead. I keep in him on a 60ft long lead for some of the dogs that we walk with for various reasons, but he does get to run around off leash every hike with his Rottweiler buddy, Leaf. The funny thing is, while he's super confident on the long lead and tries to explore a little bit further from me, as soon as he's off leash, he stays very close. Go figure.