It’s about the journey, not the destination.
Quality vs quantity.
What do these have to do with walking your dog?
It’s still a common misconception that dogs need x amount of exercise everyday and when we cannot provide the hours to wear them out we can also resort to high energy burning things such as a ball launcher. I see people pulling their dogs away from something they are sniffing so that they can keep up the pace and ensure they are putting in the miles needed to exercise their dog.
What if I told you that you didn’t have to resort to these methods to get that right amount of exercise?
Have you noticed that the more exercise you undertake, you eventually get used to and increase the amount? It’s the same for dogs. When you keep amping up the physical exercise, your dog will acclimatise and require more and more. It’s a vicious cycle. Furthermore, a dog that is amped up from high energy events stays up in a wired state and makes it both harder for them to calm and more likely to react to things.
Slow things down.
Take the time to allow your dog to indulge their nose and sniff at all the interesting things that they come across. Don’t worry about the milage, think about letting your dog immerse themselves in their environment. Even a seemingly boring street walk is filled with sights, sounds and smells that are mentally stimulating for a dog. Allow them to learn to switch off from seeking that dopamine high from chasing a ball and enjoy the world around them.
Allow them to them to engage with life and not to being an adrenaline junkie.