As dog owners, we all know how important daily walks are for our dogs. Not just for the daily exercise your dog needs to stay healthy and to maintain a proper weight. They are also required to help release the natural, anxious energy dogs possess.
If a dog doesn’t receive their daily release, it most likely will result in ill behavior, such as destructive chewing, excessive barking, etc.
Walks are also required for balanced mental health. For dogs, the most sensual sense they have is the sense of smell. Dogs have millions of scent receptors in their noses. They LIVE to get out and sniff the neighborhood. Most dogs have no choice but to wait all day, cooped up inside until someone comes to rescue them, and walk them around the neighborhood to let them get their “fix.” Remember, you have your work, friends, family, hobbies, errands and other things in your life. All your dog has is you. They’re home all day just waiting for you to come home and walk them.
One of the most important things we offer clients is leash training. In case you haven’t realized by now, dogs need to be taught to walk on a leash. It isn’t natural for them. Dogs want to please their owners, so it’s up to you to show them just how you want them to do it.
Pulling is natural for most dogs, because they are being driven by their noses. Which leads to leash pulling. It doesn’t matter the size, Great Dane or Yorkie, leash pulling is dangerous. Small dogs pull and can be difficult to control, which may result in them being stepped on. Small dogs often have loose collars which slip off easily. There are many runaway dogs every year because of this.
When large dogs pull leashes, it becomes even more dangerous. I’ve seen dogs pull owners down flights of stairs, across busy streets, and even cause serious injury like a torn rotator cuff. But the WORST is when a dog has a leash pulling habit so great that an owner wants to give up on the dog and find it another home.
Remember, owning a pet is a LIFE-LONG commitment. Training + Exercise + Play = A Happy Dog!
Thanks for caring!
- Certified Pet Care Specialist
Absolute Pet Care, LLC