Are you walking your dog? or Taking your dog for a walk?

Are you walking your dog? or Taking your dog for a walk?

   The number one request of dog owners is a dog who walks nicely on leash. We want a dog who doesn't pull, is polite to strangers and other dogs. A dog who is quiet and "obedient" at our side... or do we? Is that really the criteria? I mean sure, we don't want to be pulled down the road, and we sure don't want a dog who isn't nice to be around. But, why are we walking the dog in the first place? Who is the walk for? Is the walk for the dog? His mental and physical wellbeing? OR is the walk for you, your social life? Do you want to walk your dog because you have friends who wak theirs and it is a great time to chat and enjoy the outdoors? Do you need a reason to get off your butt and get some needed "steps" in? Why we walk the dog becomes important to how we walk the dog. Are you walking with your dog or is your dog there to walk with you? 

   If the walk is for you, your mental and physical health that walk can be very different then a walk for the dog and his mental and physical health. Dogs don't walk in a straight line, they don't just walk... they move from place to place, stopping and sniffing. They take in the environment and have no specific "agenda" . Dogs are not out to "get tired" or "more fit", a walk for them is far more involved in the environment. If we take our dog out on a walk for their benefit then that walk needs to include what they like to do, sniffing, chasing ... whatever dog things. But, if the walk is for you and you want the dog to come with you, remember their needs too. Their social needs and mental needs, they are there as your companion, not a symbol of your status.   A well behaved dog is a dog who enjoys the presence of his owners and knows they understand his needs too. For me.. I take my dogs for a walk they enjoy because that is the kind of walk that is most fun for me. 

Joy, Peace and Dog Kisses. 

Natalie Hawkins CPDT-KA

 Walks for Quincy include rock climbing, jumping off those rocks and climbing on some more, sniffing, barking and chasing small animals. 

Walks for Quincy include rock climbing, jumping off those rocks and climbing on some more, sniffing, barking and chasing small animals.