You’ve probably noticed that there’s a common thread that runs through all my articles – and that is to get out there and be more active with the dog in your life. I can’t say this occurred to me early on in our relationship but once I did work it out, it made things a whole lot better. At times I feel like a Preacher who’s seen the light but it’s been a journey worth sharing with others….
Mentally I was ready for a dog and knew full well the commitment it entailed. In hindsight though I acted on impulse and allowed a pup into the household that was way to energetic and physical for our situation (imagine 3 youngsters under the age of 4). With no time put aside for formal training, our dog pretty much ran amok wherever possible, making for a pretty strained relationship.
As he increased in size walks become a nightmare. His recall was negligible and his strength formidable. It was a state of discomfort just walking out the gate with him. But fortunately we persisted. A park down our street was where he learnt to be social with other dogs on an everyday basis. Walking him beside the pram to and from my kids playdates, daycare centre and eventually school taught him how to be ‘wheely-wise’, along with the art of patience through long waits.
The major turning point for our relationship was discovering a way my dog’s natural energy could be channelled. Forcing him to walk around the suburban street on a short lead was just not doing it for me or my dog. Other breeds and senior dogs may be quite content with this but mine needed more. He required that burst of speed which had been bred into him (apparently greyhound is part of his crossbreeding) and the ability to put his nose down and track. Running my dog beside my bike has ticked both our boxes and increased our bond.
As I’ve become more involved in this dog blogging world I realize the scope of activity you could be doing with your dog is huge – dog agility, dog sports, dog parkour, sled dogging, dog paddle boarding, plus wondrous dog toys available for outside play and there’s even a group that dance with their dogs. Becoming more active with your dog will not only benefit your dog, it will benefit you and ultimately your relationship. It’s worth making that little bit of extra effort for a happier dog and a happier you.
Have you and your dog found your groove? Do you do something together that gives both of you great enjoyment?
This post is also part of the Fit Dog Friday Blog hop.