WALK YOUR DOG EVERY DAY
Did you know that you need to walk your dog every day?
I run into this woman almost every day at the park with Diego. When I asked to take her picture for an article I wanted to write about walking your dog, she asked “who doesn’t walk their dog every day?”
If she can do it, so can you!
Think about why it’s so important… Adult animals migrate every day to get food and water. There is no delivery service for them! Cows go to pasture, deer forage for food, wolves hunt, and birds fly in formation to their destinations. By walking your dog with purpose every day, you are recreating this primal urge to find food and water as well as giving them an important job.
A walk done correctly allows a dog to look to you for leadership and direction and keeps him focused on the task at hand. This is his time to work, just as soccer practice and karate lessons are times for kids to exercise both their minds and bodies. Back yards and dog parks are great, but they aren’t enough.
You don’t expect a child to get all of his social and exercise needs met by playing in his backyard. And dog parks are like Chuck e Cheese for kids…. just time for wild running around and acting silly with their friends. It’s fun, but there isn’t discipline, connection with you, and learning being accomplished.
Your dog should be paying attention to you on your walks!
For info on how best to walk your dog every day, see this article and video on the best methodology to ensure a comfortable, relaxing yet challenging walk for your dog: How to walk your dog