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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Don't Switch Off!

During our Walk Club we find lots of places to stop under a shady tree and chill out.

Scampi, Sticky and Ralph are demonstrating how easy it is to slip some training into a nice walk in the park.

If you can do exercises like a Down-Stay in an environment like the park with lots of distractions, you can do them anywhere.

So often I see people and their dogs taking two completely different walks; the owner on the phone or deep in thought, and their dog trotting around them but so far away doing their own thing, each switched-off from each other.

Don't switch off from your dog when you're out on a walk. Learn to enjoy their company like you would an old friend you haven't seen in ages. Look at the world through their eyes and share the sheer joy they feel at just being out in the fresh air. Get excited to find a discarded tennis ball or a cricket chirruping in the long grass and call your dog over to show them what you've found!  Chill out under a shady tree together and practice your Down-Stay together.

You never know, you might just enjoy 'being a Dog' with your dog for a while!