A dog should not pull their human down the street. That is what I call bad manners. I mean, who wants to be dragged down the street? A dog should walk contently at heel on their human’s left side.
How much exercise a dog needs depends on the type of dog. Some canines enjoy short walks while others will walk their humans off their feet. Large dogs will need more exercise than little dogs, and puppies do not need very long walks at all.
Another good way for a dog to get some exercise, besides walks, is a game of fetch or a throwing disc. A dog can also participate in some fun dog sports such as flyball, agility, herding and many other activities.
We dogs can get bored sometimes. Our humans get too busy with work and other things to play with us. Some dogs pick up bad habits in their boredom such as digging, chewing, or barking. A good way to avoid these nasty habits is to give a dog a toy. Hollow toys stuffed with peanut butter and treats are loads of fun. Dogs can spend hours just trying to get a lick at that peanut butter or bite into a treat!
Teaching a dog tricks in dog training gives us pooches something to think about. Tricks help dogs avoid boredom, too. Teach your dog to fetch to keep him busy, and give him some exercise!
How do you teach a dog to fetch? Some dogs dislike having anything in their mouth (that is, everything but food!). Try coating the toy with peanut butter to encourage the pooch to take the item. Take your dog’s favorite toy, and start playing with him. Throw the toy a short distance, and, if the dog fetches it, give him a treat (or play another game of fetch as his reward). Then, shower the dog with praise.
There are many ways of exercising and keeping your dog occupied. Whether it be training, swimming, agility, fetch, or just running around in the backyard, it is all fun to your dog. Just remember, we dogs just want to be with our humans, no matter what they are doing.