Daily dog walking if you love your dog

 Every dog needs  to be taken on daily walks .  Having a walk every single day is absolutely necessary for  maintaining your dog’s mental health . This is because dogs are ‘travellers’  driven by Mother Nature . In the wild, dogs walk great distances – it’s what  they’re programmed for as a daily ritual . You could think of walking as the dog’s  actual purpose in life –  it’s what they are here for . So,  it is actually not very kind of you not to take your dog  out and about on a leash every single day . If we are serious about being dog-lovers , we owe it to them  to deliver on their daily need for a good, long dog walk  . Deprive them of the walks they need , and they  soon start having personality problems .

 It’s not so much of an issue what method you are using to walk your dog every day .  Many dog owners like to exercise themselves more strenuously by jogging  next to their dog,  pedalling on cycles , or even roller-blading if your dog is fit enough to  cope with the pace . 

 What is really important however is how you  go about walking your dog . You should be walking your dog, not letting your dog take you for a walk. Your dog  wants to feel that you are in  control here . Don’t let your dog  charge ahead of you , but  keep alongside you or bring up the rear . Dogs are  much happier when they know you are in  in the charge of the walking situation . If your dog is  trying to charge ahead and you are dragging along behind , it’s time to  rethink the way you go about dog walking

The decision to walk in front of your dog is all it takes to communicate to your dog that you are in  full control now. When your dog knows that you are  the one in control , it can relax and get on with enjoying the walk. Having no ‘leader’ causes your dog to feel stressed. This stress is often mistaken for excitement. Dogs should not be overly-excited about going for a walk. Dogs should feel relaxed about  going out for a walk , as it is the most normal thing in the whole world for a dog to do .

If your dog  becomes hyperactive about  starting out on a walk ,  begin calming him down before you leave home . Many dog owners make the mistake of announcing to the dog that they are going for a walk as if it’s a  very exciting or special  occurrence . This hyping-up in advance of  what’s about to happen actually puts your dog  in an inappropriate mood to begin with . Get your dog’s  mind into the right frame by treating the walking routine as something very mundane . Make your dog sit perfectly still while you put on  his collar and lead or harness .

Don’t  allow your dog  bolt through the front door once  you are ready to go . Make him  remain inside , until you are outside first . Only then allow your dog to come forward to you on the leash . Once you set off on your walk , keep the dog  reined in effectively to make sure that he walks at your side or  walks well back . It takes  a while for new habits to develop properly , but soon you and your dog will  become accustomed to the idea of you being  ‘top dog’ when it comes to walking , and  this will do wonders for relaxing your dog’s demeanour .

 Many dog owners have neither the time or energy to take their dog walking every single day of the week . For  those who are too busy with their jobs or are unable to get out of the house for some reason , a professional dog walker is a  wonderful measure to ensure your dog’s  healthy state of mind and physical fitness . In most cities and towns you’ll find dog walking services available to help keep up the daily dog walking regime .

If you can’t  find a  dog walking service in your area , you may have  someone who  would offer to take your dog for  outings on a voluntary basis . If this is  a possibility for you, be sure to  explain to the volunteer how to  be the ‘boss’ of the dog during their  time outdoors together . Remember they must  under no circumstances let the dog get in front of them during the walk, but always keep the dog alongside or behind .

Daily dog walking is essential for your dog to stay  fit, calm and non-neurotic. Remember these tips and your daily dog walks will improve your health and your dog’s health mentally and physically , and keep your dog’s view of your relationship in the right perspective .

 

 

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