As a dog owner, you ought to keep in mind the fact that walking your dog is very important. It plays a huge role in the overall well-being of the dog and bonds your relationship. However, a study was conducted in which it turned out that 30% of us don’t take our dogs for a walk. This should be done at least once a day.
I can totally relate with the dog owners who find it hard to stick to this tedious routine. First, it very cumbersome to walk the dog, to some people, it’s a very tedious process. However, I’m here to share a few tips that can revolutionize the way you perceive walking your dog.
It does not have to be boring and tedious, it can be a very fun activity that you and your dog will enjoy. So stay tuned. By adding variety to the activity, you’ll be in a position to motivate yourself to be consistent with the activity.
Stay tuned, below are some activities that you can integrate into your daily dog walk to make it more fun.
Allow The Dog To Be The Navigator
The minute you allow the dog to decide where to go, it will turn out to be a very adventurous activity. This game is known as “follow the dog”. The idea is the when the dog leads the way, they take you places that are very interesting.
Allow The Dog To Sniff Around
Add a sniff break to your daily walk. It’s mentally stimulating for the dog to have an opportunity to sniff around.
Visit The Local Park
Local parks are ideal locations for dog walks. They consist of interesting sights that your dog will enjoy. They also have plenty of sceneries that will stimulate the dog.
Use A Different Route
Familiarity builds contempt. Take a left instead of the right that you’re used to. This will make the walk more interesting. Make a point of visiting a totally different neighborhood. Variety is the spice of life here.
Get A Friend Onboard
Be creative about it. Just invite your friend for a dog walk and catch up with them. This will motivate you to go for a walk when you don’t feel like. The idea of catching up on Facebook and other social media platforms is not the best.
Change Your Pace
If you’re used to keeping a brisk pace, switch up and start jogging or even walk slow. This should be done from time to time. Adding variety will do. Speed is a great component here. Take it nice and slow.
Combine Some Training
Make things more fun by adding in the element of training. Just practice some obedience training like stop, stay and seat. If your canine friend is not used to training while they walk, you can always start slow.
Get Some Treats For The Nose Work
If you want to make the dog walk more enjoyable. Just ensure that you integrate some nose work games. Just toss some treats in the grass and let the dog find them. This works very well. It will also sharpen the dogs natural sniffing capabilities.