Dogs need exercise. They need to run, they need to walk and they need to move their bodies. However, it is very easy to fall into a routine of dull walks, and see walking as a duty, rather than something to be enjoyed by both you and your dog. So what do you do if the fun stops and you and your dog seem to just be going through the motions, bored and waiting for the walk to be over?
You’ve traveled the same route many times. Your footsteps are on automatic pilot and your dog seems to be tired of smelling the same patches of grass. But no worries, it doesn’t have to be this way! If you and your four-legged companion are getting a little bored with the same activities day after day, here are some suggestions to shake up your dog walks.
1. Mix dog walks with playtime
A walk doesn’t just have to be a walk. A good way to make the walking more fun is by bringing some toys with you and engaging in some play time. One of the best ways to do this is to walk to a park and bring a flying disc, ball, or tug-of-war toy with you to have some fun with your dog while you’re out.
2. Follow your dog
Try this fun twist for your daily dog walks. Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Wherever your pup goes, you go. Think of your dog as a four-legged GPS that isn’t letting you know where the final destination will be. You’ll be amazed where the nose will take you. But don’t forget, even though your dog leads the way, it’s important that you keep the role as pack leader.
3. Dog play dates
Even though you love your dog’s company, it’s still nice to have other human beings to talk to when you’re out on the walk. And your dog might also enjoy the company of other dogs every once in a while. So call some friends or introduce yourself to other dog owners in the area and see if you can meet up a few times a week for a dog walk. You can also search the internet for Dog Walk Clubs.
4. Go somewhere different
Most of us have a set route or routes for local walks with our dogs, which are familiar and comfortable. Try taking your dog somewhere different now and then for a bit of variety, either by walking a new route or driving your dog to a lake, a park or another new area to provide a new experience.
5. Exercise your dog’s mind
Walking can be a good opportunity to give your dog a mental workout as well as a physical one. Challenge your dog’s mind with some games when you’re out for a walk, such as hiding treats for your dog to find, or encouraging your dog to jump over branches or other small obstacles. You can also try to make quick changes of direction while walking, or change between fast and slow walking. This exercise will teach you dog to keep focus on you and to react quickly to changes.
Safe dog walking with Tractive GPS
Cars, cyclists, other human beings and animals are all part of the world outside your door. Therefore, to avoid dangerous situations, it is always important to keep an eye on your dog when you are walking outside. If your dog is adventurous or a bot of a runaway, a Tractive GPS tracker is a good investment. The Tractive GPS tracking device helps pet owners locate their pet – anytime, anywhere. With the live-tracking feature, they can follow every step of their beloved pet in realtime and see the current position on the smartphone.