If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Somerset, don’t let your dog miss out! There are plenty of professional dog walking services in most communities which offer semi regular or regular dog walking. If your dog must be left alone for 8 or more hours per day, consider using a dog walking service, and/or enrolling them in a doggie daycare at least twice a week. Not only will your dog will appreciate the social interaction with humans and dog playmates; it breaks the monotony of their day, and gives them something to look forward to.
Why is walking a dog so important?
Socializing your canine companion with a dog walker and other canines is very important and should be started as young as possible. By being away from it’s home, a dog will learn social skills and manners around other people and dogs. In doing so, it can help prevent certain aggression problems later on.
Regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog!
Dogs that do not get a change in the environment frequently enough can become depressed. A depressed dog can develop anxiety which can lead to behavior problems. Believe it or not, regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog! It will be using all of it’s senses to its fullest ability thus exercising its mind as well as its muscles.
All dogs need exercise every day, even the smallest breeds need to have a daily workout of their little legs. The larger a dog is, generally the more exercise it will need. There are working breeds, however, that are deceptively small but needs loads of exercise. A qualified dog walker can properly assess the amount of exercise required by your dog or puppy.
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Dog walking can be a tremendous stress reliever and bring immense happiness when dog and owner are at one. However some people dread dog walking as it can be a nightmare from start to finish, if your dog pulls and is trying to run away. This is why it's vitally important to train your dog and ensure that you and your dog have a walk you'll both enjoy.
- Pulling on the lead
This sounds pretty simple but a lot of dogs if not trained properly can turn dog walking into a very tedious task for the owner as the majority of the time is spent being dragged along by their dog and their arm being wrenched out of its socket.
A simple tip for this is to start as soon as you leave the house by showing your dog who is in charge of the walk and who is walking who. He needs to understand that you control the walk from the speed to where you go. It's important that you don't let him pull at the end of the lead. The end of the lead and the loop should go through your right hand so you've got complete control in case he breaks loose and your left hand you should hold firmly towards the bottom of the lead, about a foot from the dog's neck. This way you have complete control of how far away from you he is and he won't be able to stray too far ahead or lag behind. If he tries to wander or pull hold him firmly and when he does start to heel give the lead some slack so he knows he's doing it correctly.
- Using commands
The most important command when dog walking is "heel". This should mean stay to my left side and heel obediently. Before you even start dog walking get your dog to sit, then when you begin to walk say heel in a firm voice and make your dog walk at your left side. If he tries to pull or run, stop him, make him sit and try again. Repeat this process until he starts to realise what the command means. You can also use treats to praise him when he is doing it correctly.
- Use your voice
Remember to use your voice when you are dog walking, this is one of your most important tools. Your dog knows your voice and will know when you're happy or angry with him. Continue to praise him when he is doing well and use a harsh tone when he misbehaves on the walk. Voice commands work much better when dog walking than simply yanking at the lead, as he won't know what that means.
Finally always remember to pick up your dogs poop when out dog walking, it is only courteous to other people and there can be a big fine attached. Remember to always leave the house with spare poop bags and dispose in a dog bin which can always be found around dog friendly parks.
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Often owners of older dogs, small and large, believe that because their dog is no longer a young feisty energetic puppy and that because he/she can hold its pee for 8 to 10 hours, that it does not need to be walked as much. Many owners are also under the false notion that because they have a large yard for that their adult dog will take care of its own exercise needs.
Unfortunately often this is not the case and this can have disastrous repercussions when it comes to your dogs over all health as he/she ages. The fact is that most dogs, like humans, get lazy when it comes to exercise. Often they will opt for laying down in the sun when they are alone outside in the back yard rather than run around. Adult and senior dogs need to be motivated to get in their daily needed exercise.
Why do older dogs need daily exercise as much if not more than puppies?
The answer is that as dogs get older they tend to get more prone to injuries. Their bones and joints, just like humans weaken because of the lack of exercise. Also you pooch's joints and bones evolved over billions of years to carry a lean dog, however today's dogs often eat too much and get to little exercise they endup overweight, which often leads to serious and painful health problems like, hip and joints pain, arthritis and diabetes. This is true for large and small dogs. These are not only painful for your pooch but also very expensive in your veterinary costs.
The best way to can prevent these painful diseases is to feed your dog the right amount of high quality food and to build strong muscles, keeps joints agile by providing regular and daily exercise for your dog.
How much exercise do dogs needs?
It really depends on the breed but also how much your dog eats in one day. This includes its meals and any treats. If your dog's breed is from the Herding breed, like Collies or German Shepperds, a Sporting breed like Golden Retrievers or Cocker spaniels, Terrier breed like the Jack Russel, or Westhighland Terrier, a Working breed like the Boxer or the Doberman Pincher, or a Hound breed I recommends at least 3 brisk daily walks. These dogs need to brisk walking every day. It is also very important to let your dog enjoy a run once a day, and you can encourage your dog to run by playing games like Fetch and Frisbee.
Other breeds like the Toy and the None-sporting breeds may need less exercise, however this also depends on the individual dog, for example a Poodle or a Dalmatian may need a lot of exercise in a day and a Shitz Tzu or a Pug may need one or two walks a day. However always take into consideration how much your dog eats in a day. A Shitz Tzu may need to get as much exercise as a terrier would if it eats many treats in one day to keep it within a healthy weight and prevent any health issues arising.
Giving your dog the exercise he/she needs and keeping it as agile as possible will also help your dog feel younger so you can enjoy playing with him/her longer. If you are unable to walk your dog yourself to give it the minimum requirement of three walks a day, you can always hire a professional dog walker. A dog walker will take your adult dog for a walk in the afternoons giving it needed exercise and a break from being alone when you are at work.
If a dog has regular exercise like group walks offered by many dog walking services your older dog will be kept fit, agile and be less likely to experience these painful health issues that are becoming more and more common in today's domestic dogs.
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