Why Your Dog Needs a Walk

Why Your Dog Needs a Walk

 

We know we can’t take our dogs out every day for a walk. But do you know what happens if your dog doesn’t go out for a walk?

A Little Bit of History 

Dogs evolved from the Gray Wolf.  They were mainly used for hunting back then. They were thriving in the wild. 

But with the course of time, dogs were bred to accentuate the features that were beloved as they became human companions and evolved with them. They started living with us in the same house. The advancements in science and technology that have eased our lives have not accounted for our furry friends.

So, considering their wild instincts, we should never ever confine them in a house or a backyard. This is suppressing their natural way of living.

What’s The Need of A Dog Walk?

So, not taking them out of the house for a dog walk will have an adverse effect their natural instincts. Dogs are energetic and they need to exercise. However, the energy levels of a dog depend on the dog breed, thereby having the different exercise needs. But the fact remains the same for all, they need to exercise (in different amount) and need to spend the pent-up energy. Not walking your dog will make your dog lazy, depressed, or lead them to excessive barking, digging, and chewing.

A dog walk is the easiest way to exercise and make the bond with your dog stronger. A walk can be a good exercise for both of you.

A dog walk (even on the same route every day) even with collars and harnesses on them make them feel they are not confined. They learn to socialize with other humans, animals, and pets on their way.  Moreover, they will enjoy sniffing around, exploring, and investigating, and chasing as they had been doing in the wild.

So walking your dog every day will not only provide a good exercise but also will help them to keep up their spirits. Of course, there are super energetic exercising methods for your dog but dog walking is crucial.That will be covered in another blog.

A dog is a big responsibility. When you don’t have enough time and/or resources to care for them, you need services like Sit. Stay. Grow.. professional dog walkers to help.

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Walker Wars

Walker Wars

 

I am probably one of the few professional dog walkers who welcome the Uber-like services for dog walkers.

Instead of competition, I see them as calling attention to the need. For many years, dogs have had to “hold it” until someone got home. For too long, dogs have not gotten proper exercise. As work demands intensified, our precious pets paid the price. 

Online app-based dog-walking services spend a tremendous amount of money to advertise and ensure the top spot in any Google search. What they will never be able to offer is the sense of relief that our customers have, knowing someone professional who really cares about their furry friend is coming day in/day out and entering their home. You can’t buy love or trust. 

Some of my comrades think the solution lies in licensing dog walkers in the state. They want dog walkers to have to purchase pet-sitter insurance, be bonded, be background-checked, have a SSN or EIN, and complete a pet-sitter education course or certification. They hope this will cut down on the numbers of hobbyists available online. In my opinion, licensing will add another expense, another layer of bureaucracy to our plate, and an unnecessary headache. As it stands now, we reap the benefits of ongoing education without the requirement.

I fully expect these online services will implode under the weight of their crushing marketing budgets. This is not a sustainable business model. Someday, investors are going to want to see profits. And when that day comes, the marketing will stop or decrease. 

It is extremely difficult to find good people and keep them so, I vigorously vet them and when a good one comes along, I pay them well for their work. My contractors get raises for awesome reviews. Hobbyists are going to graduate, find other employment, and move on. It’s a numbers game for the big companies. They hire thousands, pay them poorly, and expect them to compete for business. 

When you spend money with one of these corporate giants, you are sending your money outside of the local economy (at least part of it). If you use a local small business, you are keeping your funds in our local economy where we can hopefully help each other. You are also be more likely to support women in business. In fact, Pet Sitters International recently surveyed their members and estimated 81.4% of pet-sitting businesses are owned solely by women.

At Sit. Stay .Grow., we always have your pet’s best interest in mind, not quotas.

 

Why Daily Walks for Your Dog?

Why Daily Walks for Your Dog?

 

Even if your dog has access to a yard or a “run”, which is better than not, your best friend will benefit greatly from a daily walk.   

Dogs are not naturally sedentary creatures. They like to explore and use their keen senses to investigate the world. The opportunity to walk each day will make your dog happier and mentally-stimulated.

Walking promotes a normal weight, proper digestion, and even relieves constipation. Many common dog diseases can be avoided by brisk walks and regular exercise. A dog confined to a yard may not necessarily walk enough for these benefits.

Many unwelcome behavior issues are symptoms of too little exercise for your pooch. Chewing, barking, jumping-up, and general anxiety are attributable to too little stimulation for your pet. A rowdy dog is an under-exercised dog. 

Dogs learn confidence and trust from daily walking. They will grow to tolerate other dogs, animals, and people. They will become better-behaved in social situations.

People are often unable to walk their canine companions every day. Hectic work schedules, physical constraints, or vacations often preclude a daily walk for Fido. Sit. Stay. Grow. wants to help you keep your dog healthy and happy.   


Sources for this article include:

www.petmd.com

www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

www. tarynblythco. za

www.animalfoundation.com

Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

 

OK.  Your dog is not perfect. 

Dogs are not born knowing not to pull or lag behind during walks. They must be trained. Leashes curtail their normal tendencies to wander and explore.

Until your dog learns to walk properly on a leash, all walks should be considered short training sessions. It’s far better if the dog can be exercised prior to the training session. A tired dog is a good dog. Also, both the dog and you need to stay on task so, keep it short. 

You’ll need to walk at a quick pace and make sure you are always slightly ahead of your dog. If they are in front, they will believe they are the pack leader. Being the pack leader is actually more stressful for your dog because it makes them think they must respond to any impinging danger, i.e., the killer squirrel.  

If your dog pulls, stop immediately. You are a tree. Don’t move again until the pulling stops. If your dog pulls constantly,  you may have to resort to a collar correction to keep them in-line. Remember not to choke the dog. It’s a jerk, not a pull. Small dogs should be in a harness of some kind to prevent choking and dogs with small heads, like greyhounds, may need a limited slip-type collar. 

I strongly recommend the use of a flat-buckle collar for leash training. NO pinch, prong, or choke collars, please. Special “no-pull” harnesses are made for smaller dogs.

Some experts suggest using treats but I think treats can confuse dogs as to what they are being treated for and will increase their excitability during a walk.  If treats work for you, by all means, have at it! 

If a dog lags behind, do the tree thing again, and wait for any forward movement and then praise the dog profusely (and/or treat).

This all takes time and most dogs eventually “get it”. However, if you think you need more help, please consider a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) for private or group sessions.   

Sit. Stay. Grow. is available to walk your dog as needed, privately. However, we prefer not to walk your dog with a pinch, prong, or choke collar.


Sources for this article include:

www.petmd.com

www.akc.org