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Making Tails Wag

By Deb D’Andrea

It’s been beautiful here in the mountains, cool temperatures with a light breeze and cold creeks to keep even the furriest canine comfortable during summertime. Heading out for a walk is a great way for us and them to get daily exercise and explore nature. 

Depending upon your pup and where you live, a good long retractable leash provides canine security from animals you may encounter. On the 4th of July we came across a moose and I was thankful my girls were already in the car. They were very curious about this long legged furry creature, eagerly sniffing the air trying to figure out what it was.

While sometimes difficult due to time constraints, try to make your walks relaxing and let your pup sniff, explore and mark some trees without being rushed. Dogs take in much information through their power of smell, so while they may appear to be nosing along, they’re really soaking in information left from other critters along the path. This is their time, and your time to appreciate them, so take a step back and disengage from the day to enjoy the simplicity of dog.

To keep things even more interesting, try introducing some training along the way with some sits, shakes, speaks and other fun commands your dog may know. Bring lots of treats for training and to keep them focused on you while training. Then let them go off again to sniffing and peeing. The interspersed mental training will be embraced by your pup and will help keep them mentally sharp and focused.

If there are other pups in the neighborhood, see if you can coordinate a morning or evening walk with a play group before or after to enrich your dogs social life. Dogs are very social animals, with most enjoying the company of others. It’s very interesting to watch canine relationships build into lifetime friendships. I know many a pup that will eagerly bring their person to the front door of one of their canine friends to see if they can come out to play!

Until next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz, provides mobile Canine Massage, PawQuatics, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her homemade dog treats are sold at local stores, and K9Birthday Cakes are available directly from her. Deb pet sits for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or info@4theluvofdogz.com.

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