Caissie Canine Instruction: How to Enrich your Dog’s Walk
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful German Shepherd named Haven Rain.
My mom says “I am a feisty, sassy little girl, full of energy, curious, and quite humorous.” Mom says “I also have a big heart, and many special qualities.”
BUT …….I love to give big, big kisses, I love my family very much, and they love me right back.
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:
There are many ways to make your dog walks fun for you and your canine.
Remember EVERYDAY is a TRAINING DAY.
On your walks practice your basic obedience, such as sit, heel, and even down. Training amongst many distractions will help your canine sharpen their focus.
Changing your walking route and pace will help your dog stay mentally stimulated and get some great exercise too.
Let your dog stop to sniff and learn about their surroundings.
Remember if you have a senior dog, let them set the pace.
On your walk it is a great opportunity to take time to play, or do some tracking, or even practice some agility.
Many dogs love tug of war, hide and seek, and recall games. When choosing any of the above activities remember to bring water, treats and even a toy.
Another way to enrich your walks is to invite a friend to go with you, as dogs love the opportunity to socialize.
If you have excellent re-call, you can have some off-leash time, where your dog can enjoy some unstructured play.
If you do not have 100% re-call please take your canine to an enclosed off-leash dog park or keep your dog on a long leash.
Regular walks provide many health benefits for your canine, such as weight management, social stimulation, and helps to release stress and boredom.
Remember boredom is one of the major causes of behavioural problems in dogs, especially with destructive behaviour, digging, barking, and even “escaping”.
Regular walks will help with your dog’s gut health and improve their sleep.
Walking your dog/dogs is a wonderful way to continue to build and strengthen your bond with your canine.