Why Walk Your Dog
The Importance Of Exercise
Exercising your dog every day is important. Exercise your dog according to breed age and medical status. For example:
An adult dog of working breed will easily do 2 longer walks.
A puppy should not be over exercised as they are still growing. A five month old puppy will manage short walks twice a day.
Bored or under exercised dogs may exhibit behaviour problems.
An older dog may need to reduce the pace or time of exercise.
Unless under veterinary instruction, aim to go out for a walk rather than let the dog out into the garden to exercise. Exercise is a natural activity for physical fitness; it helps maintain your dog’s weight and is great for his/her health too. It also mentally stimulates your dog with sights, sounds and scents, which is a great stress reliever for your dog. Exercise for some of the walk in places that owners are permitted to and are safe to let your dog off lead. Teaching a reliable recall on a walk will help to keep your dog safe.
Walking is a time of bonding and teamwork with your dog. It is also an opportunity to progress the dog training that you have been working on, by asking your dog on a walk. Your dog may find it more difficult to get dog training correct here, so to begin; aim to make it easier to succeed. Practicing skills will keep them ardent.
How many walk locations or routes do you visit? Aim to maintain interest by discovering new walks together to add to your list of great walks. Don’t regard walking as a chore but enjoyable time spent with a good friend.
Dog Walking & Dog Behaviour Problems
Dogs are a social species so will enjoy socialising with dogs that you approve of. Walks are a great time for dog and owner to interact too. It is also an opportunity to work on supervised socialising and learning about the world. However some dogs may exhibit unwanted behaviours when strange dogs are around. This can feel very stressful for dog and owner. For example a dog may react by being; boisterous, barking, lunging, growling, snapping, hiding, running off, being anxious, afraid, aggressive, turning away or vocalising etc.
Not all dog behaviour concerns involve other dogs. Other unwanted dog behaviours on a walk could be experienced. E.g.; A over excitable dog perhaps barging out the door to begin, or do a walk without the desired control, a dog that is afraid or anxious of particular things on a walk, a dog that pulls on lead or pulls towards a particular thing, a dog may be unsure of people or animals, a dog may not want to walk at all (your vet can look for medical reasons), a poor recall, or perhaps a dog wants to chase. A dog behaviour consultation is recommended to help you and your dog with your dog behaviour concerns.