How do you keep your dog fresh and interested in you, whilst on your daily walks? Have you ever thought about putting in a few training exercises while out on walks? This is a great idea for when you are on holiday as the walks will be new and exciting for you both.
It’s important to do the work while out and about in all sorts of different places to really keep your dog on their toes!
- Try these both on and off the lead.
- Include sits, stays, downs, heel work, and any tricks your dog knows.
- Rewarding your dog between each exercise with praise, a treat, or an exciting game before releasing them for more free running.
Even though your dog might know and be able to perform an exercise really well at home, it can be much harder for them when out in a distracting environment with lots of fascinating sights, sounds, and smells. Be prepared to use high-value rewards to motivate them.
Focus on Recalls: If you only call your dog to you when it’s time to go home, they will keep their distance to continue having fun. A good recall is essential if you’re going to be able to let your dog off-lead. We will share more about Recalls next week.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.