How many times have you gone for a walk with your dog and they just seemed to not be interested? Maybe they would rather lay down in the grass than sniff around. Just like with children, if dogs are left to their own devices they can become destructive. Here are a few tips to keep your dog stimulated and happy while you’re on your walk.
New Route, New Route
One of the best ways to keep your dog stimulated during their walk is by changing up the route. Instead of always taking the same path, try going somewhere new. This can be a park, a wooded area, or even just down a different street. If you live in an urban area, there are likely all sorts of smells and sounds for your dog to explore that they wouldn’t normally get to experience on a walk.
One simple game is to hide small treats along the route of your walk and let your dog search for them. This will give them something to do and give you a chance to rest while they work their nose.
Another option is to play follow the leader, where you change up your pace and direction frequently and see if your dog can keep up. This game is great for teaching your dog to stay focused even when there are distractions.
Finally, try setting up an obstacle course in your backyard or a nearby park. This can be as simple as setting up cones or sticks for your dog to weave around or jumping over.
So, get out there and enjoy your walks with your furry friend. And if you ever need help coming up with new activities to keep your pup stimulated, be sure to give us a call – we’d love to help!