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How to get the most out of walks?

The walk should be a special moment between the dog and the man, a moment in which both enjoy their shared time, a great opportunity to improve different attitudes and behaviors , in addition to reinforcing education and communication.

The walk must be carried out with the animal provided with a collar and leash that allow its control at all times, also with a muzzle in the case of animals unjustly demonized by the “PPP Law”.

With these premises: can we “make the most of” the ride? Without a doubt!

These are the points to keep in mind:

Socialization

Through the walk our dog interacts with other animals, with other people and with a noisy environment (cars, motorcycles, various noises…); It is essential to take advantage of the walk so that the animal recognizes “as its own” the other living beings that cross its path, as well as all the “noises and social objects”.

Short, brisk walks do not allow for this socialization; Walks that avoid contact with other animals are also not good (hyperprotection, hyperattachment, misunderstood affection…).

If we do not take advantage of the walk as a means of socialization , we can find an animal that is fearful and/or aggressive with other animals, and what is even worse… with people!

games and exercise

The dog needs to ” have fun ” and exercise . The walk provides both: it allows muscle tone to be maintained and offers a way of expansion through the interaction of the animal with the environment (smells, movements, noises…).

It is not essential that the animal runs and jumps “like a crazy goat”. Allowing the dog to roam loose in free areas can have serious consequences: traffic accidents, fights with other animals, escapes…

We are his best toy … let’s participate in the game!; For this we can help ourselves with the toys that we can buy in clinics and specialized stores. Let us forget the simple and dangerous resource of throwing the stone or the stick; on multiple occasions they are the origin of dental injuries and foreign bodies lodged in the digestive system.

Education

During the walk you can not only “give classes”… we must do it daily!!

Our dog needs patience and perseverance on the part of the owner… if today we get him to sit, we must remind him of the order every day; It is also important to say that we should not move on to teaching a new order until the previous one is perfectly fulfilled. We must be aware: doing things well provides a wide range of learned commands in a short time… but we must not relax; the animal will try to “play crazy” and not comply with what has been learned. For this reason the daily walk is the best way to “refresh knowledge” and to teach new lessons.

Communication

Communication, as we know it, is a handicap with our pets, since LANGUAGE is an exclusive property of human beings.

This does not mean that we cannot communicate with our best friend, or he with us; To get to communicate we must take into account the following points:

  • We do not have to try to make them speak to us (it is obviously impossible), but we must apply all our efforts so that they understand us and to understand them.
  • Dogs have an acceptable receptive language , as we can see by their responses to the words of the commands we give them.
  • To communicate with them we have to create a dictionary : such an order means such a thing, such a word means your name…
  • The level of response and understanding depends mainly on the education given and the ability of the animal (some understand 50 commands, others 80…).
  • Every owner has their words for their dog; we should try to get all members of a family to use the same dictionary; if we use different words for the same order, it is as if a Chinese, a Russian and a Cordovan ask us for something… who will we understand?
  • There are words that we do not teach but that they associate and interpret: “we go to the vet”… the dog hides…
  • We must bear in mind that we can also communicate with our dogs through signs : movements of our hands, arms that accompany or replace spoken commands.
  • Dogs also have the ability to interpret our body language: moods, illnesses…
  • Dogs communicate in three aspects: emotional state, social relations (position in the group, territoriality…) and desires and needs.
  • Dogs use signs and gestures to communicate; for this they mainly use the tail, the eyes, the ears and the snout. They also emit interesting communicative data with the postures of the body, the hair (curly or not),…

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