I know what you are thinking.
This guy clearly knows nothing about dogs
Dogs have to be walked.
Dogs need to be walked.
Dogs live to be walked, right?
Absolutely they do.
One of the best things about owning a dog is walking him. We look forward to it before we even collect our dog from the breeder or rescue centre. We dream about what it will be like to walk our very own dog.
No more will you crawl in from work and just slouch on the couch. Instead you will mooch with your pooch in the park or the beach or the woods. Every day will be a new adventure.
Life will be awesome when you’re walking your dog.
The dream dog walk
If that’s sounds like your life right now then stop reading this email and carry on walking your dog.
But if that scene I described above sounds more like a long distant memory (or a fantasy) then keep reading because I have a solution to your daily stroll of shame.
See for many dog owners (myself included, once upon a time) the daily walk can be the most stressful and soul destroying hour of your day.
The feeling of dread rises as the time for the walk approaches.
Can you get round the park and home again (and will you dog do his business) before that other dog (that your dog hates) turns up?
Will you be subjected to the relentless pulling and lunging at every passing dog, bird or child that passes within 2 metres of your dog’s space?
How is it possible that he can be such a happy hound at home but turn into a Tasmanian devil as soon as you step though the front door? It’s like a portal to a parallel universe where your dog (your beloved dog!) does the exact opposite of what you want him to do almost ALL THE TIME
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
The frustration that comes when he won’t listen to you and the fear you feel when you can’t get him back on lead.
The feeling of failure because you know deep down you should train him a little better (and a lot more often)
Seriously if that’s what walking your dog feels like then do yourself and your dog a favour and stay at home and play with your dog there.
Playing with Betty the Puppy at home
You will both enjoy the break from the distractions and the stress that you both currently experience at the park.
And if you make those play sessions at home really exciting you will find that in time your dog listens and looks at you more readily.
This isn’t your typical dog training advice.
But then I’m not your typical dog trainer.
And I’m not saying you can never go to the park again, hell no.
But spending a bit of time bonding, connecting, smiling, laughing and really enjoying your dog again at home and AWAY from the threat and stress the park brings will make you both much happier.
Try it today.
Me and Roby playing in the garden
Dom Hodgson has run Pack Leader Dog Adventures, his dog adventure and training business in Sunderland since 2011. He quickly realised he didn’t know enough about dogs and so embarked on a dog training education under world famous trainers such as John Rogerson and David Davies. Dom put these skills into practise each day with his adventure dogs and now teaches pet dog owners all over the word how to play and have more fun (and less stress) with their pet dogs. You can learn directly how to play with your dog by buying Dom’s best selling dog training book ‘How to Be Your Dog’s Superhero’. You can download a free chapter of the book by clicking on the link below
Pack Leader Dog Adventures is now a family business as his son Alex is a full time dog adventurer too. For more information about the dog adventure and boarding services we offer click here or