I was on vacation last week in Vail, Colorado. Whenever I am on vacation I always look at the local dogs. One thing I noticed is how happy all the dogs looked in Vail. I don’t know if it was because they were in their element, being outside on the mountain and in the fresh air, or if was because they get more exercise being in a very outdoorsy state. Whatever it was, they really did look happy.
The owners also looked very happy. They weren’t busy trying to introduce their dogs to other dogs on the paths, like so many owners I see in Chicago. They just enjoyed the walk with their dogs. Walking your dog is, and should be, a time to bond with your dog, basking in their enjoyment of being outdoors. It isn’t and shouldn’t be, in my opinion, a time to drink coffee or talk on your cell phone. The owners I saw in Colorado looked to be enjoying that special time with their dog and it appeared that the dogs enjoyed that special moment with their owners as well.
I consider it my happy place, and seeing dogs and owners enjoying their time together made it that much more enjoyable for me. I missed my Westie while I was gone and wished that I could take her for a walk along the river. I know she would have loved every minute of it and I would have enjoyed that special time with her, seeing her sniff and run and be in her Westie glory.
This summer, we are teaching a few Leash Manners and Field Trip classes. Come join us and learn how we can help you enjoy walking with your dog. Whether it be in the city, the park, or the mountains, walks should be a fun time for both owner and dog.
How do you make walks fun for the both of you?