Humans mostly learn from their life experiences. It’s the same with our dogs! It’s important to change your dog walks a bit so they are able to experience new situations, environments, people, and other animals.
Besides, walking your dog is a daily activity so, why not make it fun and exciting? Here are 4 ways you can spice up your dog walks.
1. Change the Route of Your Dog Walk
Switching up your dog walking route is essential to a successful and exciting dog walk. Think of it like your daily commute to work. You see the same scenery, same buildings, and for the most part same people. I’m sure most of you do that, but why put your dog through that kind of boredom? Switching up the route of your daily dog walk is important to keeping your furry friend happy and engaged. Every new route has new smells and exciting sounds for your dog to experience.
2. Bring Treats on Your Dog Walk
Bringing treats is a great way to reward your dog for showing good behavior on the leash. You can also find an area on your walk where you can have your pup do a couple tricks. This is a great way to keep him or her mentally stimulated during the walk.
3. Let Your Dog Smell Things
When walking your dog, let them smell different areas they are interested in. A dog’s sense of smell is important to the way they communicate and experience the world.
4. Visit a Local Pet Supply Store
This is another great way to change up your dog walks. Almost all pet supply stores allow you to enter with your dog and check out all of the cool new scents, toys, and bones. While you’re in there, you might as well get your pup a new bone to chew on when you get home!
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1. A Dog Should Have an Area Where They Can Be Off Leash
Every dog deserves their own area where they can be run free without a leash. A happy place where they can run, roll, jump and chase that squirrel! A space where they can smell, dig, and poop where they want. Now, a dog park is a great way to give your dog the opportunity to do these things and socialize with other dogs. However, going to the dog park is not something people can do every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place right outside your house where you can play fetch, throw a Frisbee, and enjoy the outdoors with your pup?
2. It Will Make Life Easier for You and Your Dog
Let’s start with a scenario.
You come home from work and need to take your dog outside because they have been holding their bladder for a long time and they have pent up energy from being stuck in your house all day.
You, on the other hand, are tired and a little annoyed from working all day. You wish the dog could take care of business outside on his own, but your backyard isn't fenced so you have to accompany the dog outside to monitor him or her.
Now, since the dog has a lot of stored energy, you take your dog on a walk and he or she is constantly pulling, speed walking, jumping, rolling etc. Whether the walk only consists of one of those things or all of them, it’s not how a proper dog walk should be. This makes for a very inconvenient scenario.
Now, let’s take this scenario into consideration.
You get home from work, say hello to your pup and let him or her out into your fenced in backyard. Your dog has time to relieve his bladder, run around, roll in the grass and let loose for a little bit. While your dog is getting his or her crazies or "zoomies" out of his or her system, you have time to relax for a bit, have a snack or maybe a coffee.
Afterwards you and your pup are both calm and ready, then you can go on a nice walk where your dog is less crazy and you are less irritated. This also makes it easier when you need to feed your dog. When you come home from work, let your pup out to potty, come in and feed him or her and after your pup has digested their food, you can go on your walk.
I have walked plenty of puppies that do not have a fenced in backyard. The walk usually consists of jumping, rolling, pulling, laying down etc. Now, I understand this is normal puppy behavior and most puppies will grow out of this behavior eventually. However, if they had a backyard to do these things in, they may act more calmly on walks and understand that a walk is not playtime. I have also experienced a dog that would roll so much and have so much energy on a walk that the pup would nearly slip out of the harness. This can hurt the dog or cause them to get away from you on the walk.
3. A Dog Walk Should Be a Unique Experience
I believe a dog walk should be special and exciting each time you and your pup embark on one. You are able to take different routes and explore different areas. Your dog is able to experience different environments and smells.
By having to always take your pup out on a leash, it takes away from the excitement of a walk for both you and your pup. You will end up taking the same routes and going to the same places. Your dog needs change and new experiences in order to gain mental stimulation. Switching from backyard playtime to a walk to the park is a good way to give him or her an environment change and something to look forward to.
Overall, a backyard is a great place for your dog to have some off leash playtime and get their “zoomies” out of their system. It will also benefit the owner by creating more productive walks and a happier pup!
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If your weak like me, you can’t help but fall for dogs begging for food from the table. Have no fear, for here is a list of 10 human foods that are ok to give to your dog.
1. Yogurt – Yogurt is especially useful for a dog’s digestive system. The pro-biotics from the active bacteria contained in yogurt do wonders for a dog’s stomach. However, Make sure to stay away from yogurts that contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars.
2. Watermelon – Seedless watermelon is a tasty treat and a great way to rehydrate your pup.
3. Cooked Chicken - Cooked, unseasoned chicken can be used to beef up a dinner if your furry friend has had a long day at the park and deserves to be rewarded.
4. Baby Carrots – Baby Carrots are high in fiber and good for a dog’s teeth!
5. Eggs – Throwing in an extra egg for your pup in the morning can give them that extra protein boost they need to start the day. Stay away from adding any salt or pepper though.
6. Pumpkin – This is a good fruit you can give to your dog. Yes, you read that right, it’s a fruit. The important thing to remember here is that you have to serve your dog pumpkin in the right way. Preferred ways are in puree form, or mashed pumpkin. Stay away from the stem, leaves or any part with small sharp hairs.
7. Salmon – Cooked salmon has a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Get creative and find ways to incorporate salmon into your dog’s diet.
8. Green Beans – Green beans are filling and low in calories, done and done. Once again, no salt.
9. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is full of fiber which can be good for older dogs with bowel irregularity issues. Make sure to cook it, and not add any sugar or flavor additives.
10. Peanut Butter - Giving your dog the occasional tablespoon of unsalted peanut butter is a nice treat you can both enjoy. It's a great source of protein and healthy fats for dogs. Make sure the peanut butter you use DOES NOT contain xylitol as it can be very dangerous for dogs. Choose an organic natural peanut butter to be safe.
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOGS THESE HUMAN FOOD!