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

𝐃𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤 - 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝, 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬.⁠

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. ⁠

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. ⁠

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. ⁠

A 5 minute trip around the block is not enough. ⁠

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. ⁠

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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