Daily dog walks don’t need to be a chore; how to make them enjoyable and stress-free.
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During my daily dog walks, both with customers” dogs and when I’m’ out walking my dogs, I sometimes get frustrated by the behaviour of other dog owners. I might share some of my experiences and thoughts for a less stressful dog-walking experience for all canine lovers.
Friendly with other dogs
A dog walk should allow your pet to enjoy his freedom away from the constricts of his home. However, this isn’t always the case. Your dog may not be as friendly towards other dogs, making your walk full of apprehension as you always wonder what may happen.
Some owners allow their dogs to run up to other dogs and people, sometimes jumping up for attention or being aggressive. If I see other dogs walking toward me on their leads, I will put them on their leash as a common courtesy and prevent any misbehaviour. I recall several times when other dogs have run up to me, and I’ve’ been told, “Don’t’ worry, they are friendly dogs”. How do they know that my dogs are welcoming and approachable too? I’m not saying that dogs should always be on a lead, but in most circumstances should always be under reasonable control.
If you have a small breed of dog, try to resist the temptation to bend down and pick it up if another dog bounds up to it, as this may cause the other dog to jump up at you, with the possibility of hurting both you and your dog in the process. You can usually tell if another dog approaches in a predatory mode, running with ears back and a low head, intent on an attack.
I see numerous dogs being walked that their owners struggle to keep under control, with the dog constantly pulling on the lead. Teaching your pet to walk effectively on the lead makes going for a walk much less frustrating and a more pleasant experience for both of you. Remember to praise your dog when he’s’ walking correctly. If you find that you can’t overcome the problem of him pulling, ask for professional training advice from your local training school (Tip Top Dog School is highly recommended)
Add some variety
Some dog owners and walkers follow the same route, day in and day out, which tends to be boring and unimaginative. If you only have a limited number of places to walk, add some variety by reversing your route and alternating the paths on each side of the road, always ensuring it’s safe. Imagine the different scents your dog will search out on an alternative route.
A walk with your dog should be a mutual, enjoyable experience, not a chore or a daily challenge. Here are some things to do your walk