I love my dogs, I truly do. However, due to work commitments, I never get to spend as much time as I would like to indulge in their antics. As soon as I wake up in the morning, they converge outside my door. I’m still in a daze as I put on my slippers yet they’re buoyant and ready to run a 5k. This energy will continue to build once I leave the pair to their own devices. They have an entire backyard full of beautiful fresh smelling grass to play in while I’m away, but they crave more.
Dogs were created to explore their environment and discover things unknown at first to the human body. Their core instinct is to be curious in nature and search far and wide for new experiences that will enrich their senses. Maybe that’s why they’re so keen to smell every single electrical pole on route…
When I come home at the end of the day the first thing I do is my two furry super-fans for a walk around the neighbourhood. The duo becomes so enthusiastic in their pursuits that a mere second after I connect their individual leads to their collars I almost end up a human splatter on the front door as they race to partake in their favourite excursion.
It’s at this point I realise they’re the ones taking me for a walk.
The outing provides some much-desired activity for my dogs and also gives me the opportunity to help them become better accustomed to the outside world. No one wants their dog barking a passer byes on a narrow street or attempting to gallop across the road and leap into a garden in order to see the neighbour’s dog. By routinely walking your dog you’re allowing them to develop refined social skills that will prevent any mishaps from happening down the road (pun intended). Dogs need to meet strangers and other animals as this will enable them to become comfortable with someone other than their owner’s company. No one wants their dog to be afraid whenever they venture beyond the house and this is why it’s important to make sure they get their daily walk.
With a walk a day you offer your dog not only the promise of adventure but an upward curve for self-confidence.