Does Your Dog Have Quality Walks?
Updated: Jul 8
Who's walk is it anyways?
All too often , we see someone out walking their dog with most of their concentration focused on the phone in their hand, while the dog trots along at their heel. Job done, the dog has been walked right?
Our dogs receive very little in the way of choice. They live where we put them, sleep where we permit them, and eat what we put in front of them. They go for a walk when and where we take them. Along routes that we dictate. Part of the wonder that is the dog is how forgiving they are of these restrictions we put on their lifestyle. Many dogs will go along with whatever we make them do, with a ready wag of the tail.
Make your dog walk more of walking with my dog other than walking the dog. Engage more with them while in the process of walking. Put down the phone and focus more on your canine companion. It should be the dog's walk, the time they get to spend outside with one of their favorite people, investigating the world around them.
Give them the chance to pick which direction to go in. Let them spend five whole minutes investigating the clump of leaves, the tree, the bushes, and check out the messages all the other neighborhood dogs have left in the area. Someone once told me that the outdoors is like a dogs newspaper and a walk is their chance to catch up on the news.
Leave the decisions up to them all the time it is safe to do so. Watch them, see what they actually like to do, the routes they prefer to take. Make it so that it is the dog's walk.
Now get out there and let your dog lead you to new adventures!