Fortunately Switzerland is abundantly supplied with very high mountains and countless, well-marked hiking trails. The only real problem is deciding which particularly high trail to choose as they all go through beautiful country.
I can start a walk from the house but this means that the first part usually goes along level internal roads that have been built for farm vehicles and bicycles leading from one village to the next.
As Switzerland is in the grip of a heatwave (hot air coming in from North Africa), walking along these roads is tedious to say the least. Even early in the morning it is hot and unpleasant. Jochen starts to hang back and looks utterly miserable. On occasion I have worried whether there is something wrong with him. But then, as soon as the route leads us into the forest and a 'real' trek, he perks up and starts pulling into the show collar. He has never liked the heat much and trudging along a boring agricultural road is not his idea of fun. i agree with him.
He still gets admiring looks and comments wherever we go. It was however interesting to note that some of the dog handlers looked at him a little askance. He was picked for a 'show dog' straight away and along with that came a little of the usual negativity that 'working dog' people tend to have re show dog lines.
I ended up by using the classic response that whilst yes, I want my dog to be able to work well, I also want him to look beautiful. . Kind smiles all round.