Monday, April 3, 2017

Take A Walk!

Let’s Take A Walk

I try to take my dogs for a walk daily.  Sometimes it’s short if I am busy, other times it’s longer and more of an adventure, but I make every walk count and it’s all about the dogs on the walk. I leave my phone at home and focus all of me on them and developing our relationship.

A walk was one of the basics of a wild dog pack’s social structure.  Think about that for a minute.  In nature, animals spend most of their day on walks and many of their social interactions happen during that time.

Take advantage of the walking time to interact with your dog, explore different routes and different situations. Use any objects along your way to your advantage. Does your dog have a favorite spot to check for p-mail?  Get excited when you get close to that spot and make it a joyous moment together! Climb together over a rock, head over to the bench, do a little agility and have your dog jump over a chain that is marking some parking spots.  Incorporate the simple obedience commands you have trained into your walks. Have your dog sit before you look and cross the road, stop and do some tricks when you see friends along the way, practice heeling and the stay/wait commands!  Your goal is to engage your dog, establish his/her active participation, and work on building a relationship with him/her during your walks.  Now, go take on the day!

Speaking of walks, we'd like to invite you to join us at the annual Bark for Life in Fayette County, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Details here:

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