One of the mistakes that dog walkers often make when walking their dog is the human focusing on their mobile whilst the dog walks beside them or, even worse, getting dragged along by the owner. Let’s face it, the dogs have been out and done their business, so all is good? WRONG
Let your dog make some choices.
For some reason, most people don’t allow their dog to make their own choices in life. After all, the dog sleeps where they are permitted and eats whatever food they are provided
Dogs being loyal and loving creatures are very forgiving about the restrictions put on their lifestyle. Many dogs are happy to go along with the decisions we make for them as they often do not know any better. However, think about it, are we being fair ??
Why don’t we look at this differently and, instead of seeing it as “walking the dog”, see it more as spending quality time with your best friend?
When we are out walking, our dogs interact and bond with them more.
It is important to take your mobile phone with you fully charged in emergencies, but this can be left in the pocket or at the bottom of the bag. This allows you to spend more time outside the house, getting to know and enjoying quality time with your best friend and investigating the world around you.
Once you start interacting with the walk and observing your dog and your surroundings, I am sure you will be surprised at just how many things you missed and some of nature’s wonders.
Remember, it’s the dog’s walk.
Whilst dogs like being off the lead, and this is fine, if the local bi-laws require dogs to be on a lead or your dog has a poor recall, then it is advisable to keep them on a lead to prevent them from getting into trouble
If you do have to keep them on the lead, your companion can still have a fulfilled walk. Let them make some decisions, such as what direction you will walk in.
Remember, it’s the dog walk, so let them sniff. Please provide them with an opportunity to investigate the pile of leaves and check out the pee-mail that all the other dogs in the area have left.
Making small changes whilst out walking such as putting down the mobile phone. Allowing your dog to make more choices and thinking of it more as a walk with your best friend will help increase your dog and your enjoyment of each other’s company.
Here at Finchley Dog Walker, because we specialize in One 2 One walks, we can provide more quality and enhanced dog walks. This enables dogs to use their brain on walks and benefit from a more enriched and fulfilled walk. We allow and encourage all dogs to sniff and decompress, so they are more contented and pleasantly tired – and I know they will have enjoyed our time together as much as I have
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