What did you do on your walk with your dog?
I get asked the above question a lot by clients and the first question I ask them is
“What did you do on your walk with your dog?”
The answers range from:
“I took him for a run on the leash”
“I made a phone call while the dog wandered around”
“I listened to my music and walked for over an hour”
This is where the problem lies…. A dog that is just walked will enjoy it but won’t necessarily get tired just from the walking. To tire out a dog on a walk it needs to be mentally stimulated as well as physically exercised.
When you walk your dog I suggest that you just take ten minutes during the walk and focus on your dog. You can do some obedience training or play search games with the dog. This is fun for the both of you, you can even include the whole family in a little search game, get the kids to hide while your dog ‘searches’ for them!
If you are not able to let your dog off the leash then let your dog stop and smell when he wants, don’t just pull him away and keep him walking. Smelling is a great stimulator for dogs and it is how they get most of their information about who is in the neighborhood and who has been wandering around the area. Let him be nosy!!
Your dog needs to use its brain and the interaction is great for the bond between you and your dog.
If you want to know more about fun games or obedience training, please contact us at All Day Dog Adventures and we will be happy to give you some starters and tips.