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Don't think of it as just a walk...


๐ƒ๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค - ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐, ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ.โ 

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Some people get a dog because they love walking. Some people get a dog because they would like a reason to go walking. For some people walking the dog is a chore or a bore and they would rather not do it. โ 

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I personally get immense joy from feeling like I'm looking after my dogs well - and I love being outside with them. Don't get me wrong, some days I would rather sleep in or stay cosy inside watching a movie, however, I try and keep aware of the fact that I am the one who is in control of their choices and experiences and it's my duty to provide them with stimulation. โ 

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The freedom to exhibit natural behaviour is one of 'The Five Freedoms' which are internationally accepted as being the standard of care for all animals. For dogs - walking, sniffing, and exploring are all-natural behaviours which should not be denied. โ 

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A 5 minute trip around the block is not enough. โ 

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The idea of walking with an old friend, and holding hands is something I contemplate when walking with my dogs. My old dogs in particular. โ 

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So on your next walk - create an adventure. Put down your phone. Observe your dog and their behaviour. Leave the ball thrower at home. Take some food with you and reward recalls. Just enjoy it!

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