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Should I walk my dog?

There’s been a lot of discussion about this article lately. Some have welcomed a fresh approach, whereas others still believe that all dogs should be walked daily.

I think the important thing to realise is that no-one is suggesting we should stop walking our dogs as a blanket rule. My boy adores his morning walks and thrives on getting out and about. However, as he ages, there might be a time when his feelings about walks change, and I’m prepared to make changes if that’s the case.

And skipping walks doesn’t mean doing nothing! Activities around the home and garden, training, scent work and enrichment can be just as stimulating and rewarding as a walk where the dog is stressed or unhappy. As always, it’s about assessing each dog as an individual and adjusting to suit their needs.

Some dogs love walks, some don’t. If your dog is running away at the sight of their harness or is reacting to everything they see when they step outside, it might be time to reconsider the timing, duration or location of your walks. But if your dog is happy, as mine is, then you don’t need to change a thing.

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