In my previous role as a Pet Care Specialist, my team and I carried out thousands of dog walks a year. I know, it’s a lot! Just take a look at the graph below. We averaged about 200 walks per month during the peak seasons. But what’s interesting about this is that, in over 1900 visits completed last year, most of them were dogs that pulled on the leash. They all weren’t walks in the park (no pun intended) like everyone tends to think.
And when you’re trying to stop your dog from pulling on the leash, it can take a toll on your neck and back, especially if your dog is very strong. Therefore, to combat this physical and mental stress, I would teach my team and clients how to make their walks easier.
And that’s what I’m going to share with you today. But take note, there is no secret trick or miracle hack. It merely takes awareness, training, consistency, and patience on your part as the dog parent to eradicate this problem.
So continue reading and join us for Part 3 of our “How to Properly Walk a Dog” blog series as we discuss tips to teach you how to stop your dog from pulling on the leash.
One of the things that I admire about one of my favorite clients is that they’re fun parents. In addition to having fur babies, they also have three small children. And they are fantastic at creating fun experiences for them. They’re always on the floor or running around their home, playing some sort of fun or imaginary game with their kids. And I think that’s really cool.
Because when you’re having the time of your life with your favorite people, nothing else compares. Their kids will have fun and joyful memories of their parents that will carry them for many years to come.
And the same rings true if you’re a dog parent.
When you share fun-filled dog friendly activities with your dog, you create lasting memories that they will never forget. These experiences will also bring joy and happiness to you as well, forging an unbreakable bond with your dog.
Make a dog happy, you have a friend for life. And dogs have such little time with us, so why not give them the time of their lives whenever possible. Even if your dog is currently a couch potato, I will encourage you to try some of these fun dog friendly activities that follow. You’d be amazed at how by just mixing things up, you can awaken your dog’s inner spark.
It’s all about engaging your dog to see what makes them tick.
And in general, trying some of the tips that follow will help you to see how fun and easy life with a dog can be. So let’s get started!
If you landed on this page, you probably fit into one of three categories. You’re a new dog parent and are confused about how much exercise your dog needs every day. Or, you’re here to compare notes and see if you’re on the right track. Finally, the last group is fully aware that you’re not giving your dog enough exercise. You’re at your wit’s end, especially after finding a pair of your favorite shoes left chewed up in the corner of a room.
Fortunately for you, I have something of value to offer everyone. There is no cut and dry answer to this question. But the bright side is that it’s not that complicated either. Here at The Dog Care Guide, we want to offer you sustainable tips for providing care for your beloved pups.
So even if you are the dog parent of a high energy working dog, don’t worry, I won’t suggest that you run five miles a day to meet your dog’s exercise needs. Because that’s not sustainable unless you’re an athlete, and it’s apart of your daily routine. And running long distances may not be healthy for your dog. Also some dogs have boundless energy so they often require more than just physical exercise.
So skip the exercise calculator and breed exercise charts. A computer can’t determine how much exercise your dog needs. But you and your vet can. So continue reading as we explore how you can determine how much exercise your dog needs and a simple way to implement a workout into your dog’s daily routine.