Dog Trainer reveals why you shouldn’t walk your dog every day
For most dog owners, the daily walk is something of a ritual; a way for you and your furry friend to get some fresh air and exercise. But according to a dog trainer, it could be totally unnecessary.
Shocking, isn’t it? While most of us think we’re doing the right thing for our pets by walking them every day, Niki French says that could have a negative impact.
Addressing the shimmerthe 53-year-old said: “It may come as a surprise, but traditional walks are a human invention and not helpful for many of our dogs.
“Replacing walk time with house training games can give dogs the skills they lack to live calm, happy lives.”
She added: “Contrary to popular belief, dogs with behavioral problems can become more reactive or more excitable when we try to exhaust them with too much exercise.”
Niki says her two-year-old rescue dog is “noticeably calmer” after taking him on fewer walks and playing specially designed games with him, like hide-and-seek.
This is something his customers have noticed too.
She said: “A growing number of my clients have nervous or reactive dogs and I’ve shown them all the amazing activities you can do at home to help dogs develop the skills they lack to be happy on walks. .
“Skipping some walks can help both dogs and owners relax. When more than half of the walks are stressful (for the dog or for you), it’s time to do something different.”
She added: “Playing games at home is a great way to develop the skills our dogs need and strengthen our relationship with them.
“It’s good to have other things in your toolbox. This applies to all dogs, and surprisingly it can work best for breeds that need a lot of exercise.”
But if you’re having trouble training your pooch, we might have a story that will change your mind.
Take Bailey – he was once described as ‘unruly, untrainable, unsociable, rude and stubborn’, but the stray Labrador proved the haters wrong and found a new life as a service dog.
Dogs Trust in Loughborough asked if anyone was able to bring Bailey home and feared the dog could be a lost cause due to his complex nature.
Fortunately, Essex Fire Service dog handler Graham Currie came to the rescue and Bailey quickly proved his natural talents.
Currie told the BBC he was looking for a new dog to train, and although he knew that Labradors had a reputation for being “greedy”, he soon discovered that there was something Bailey loved more than food.
“After testing Bailey’s drive for a tennis ball and verifying that he had no aggression towards other dogs or people, I offered to take him on a six-week trial,” he said. -he declares.
“He was described as unruly, untrainable, unsociable, rude and stubborn. But a dog that cost us £185 turned out to be the most incredible creature.”