|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 11:09am PST |
|To Guest's comments I would like to add....
Walking is vital for continued socialization and mental stimulation. You ought be getting your dog out every single day on walks. I vehemently disagree with those who feel otherwise. Let me explore quickly, for a sec.
Firstly, dogs are alllll about smell, and the ability to experience different smells every day can be a quality of life issue, particularly for more working type breeds. That's one.
Two, it is ongoing socialization. Keeping your dog exposed to the sights, sounds, etc. of your community. It not only keeps them exposed, but is their daily checkin for the normal ranges of things, and helps keep them grounded and capable of good discretion.
Three, it opens up novel scenes, which is not only good for that socialization stuff, but also is a good gauge to where you are in your training, can be the first thing to clue you in that your dog (particularly when young) is entering a phase of some nature (easier to redirect those early than later) and also is premium not only for the dog to work on his focus, but for you to work on your own skill, assess your own self, and better communication with your dog. It's a LOT easier to think life is dandy in more controlled training scenes that you can predict. Ack....put yourself out in the real world every day, and that will tell you far more and help you muchly in dealing with situations as they come; having the honed ability to do that, for you both have that constantly exercised skill, communication, interplay.
In terms of how MUCH....quality over quantity! There are other ways to get the energy out in a "total load for the day" sense, so if it is just one or two a day but you are really investing yourself in that walk, that's a lot better than more where there is less of that. Walks should be journeys you and your dog look forward to and enjoy together. A one hour walk is one HECK of a lot better in many cases than two half hour walks which make you feel overburdened.
Which is your conclusion any way SMART COOKIE!
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