One of the simplest ways to exercise your dog is by taking him for daily walks. However, some people fail to walk their dogs after a period of time due to boredom and lack of motivation. This is completely understandable because doing the same thing day in day out can be dull and uninteresting sometimes. But the good news is that there are several ways in which you can spice up your dog walk to make it more interesting and fun.
Have no idea what I am talking about? Here are a few tips that will make your daily walk something to look forward to:
Allow Your Pet To Sniff Around
Dogs spend most of their time at home while their owners work. Therefore, taking yours out for a walk is the only chance he gets to explore the great outdoors. But your dog can get bored if you take the same route daily and walk without giving him an opportunity to sniff the different new smells and sights out there. So, why not try doing things a little differently this time to see if it’ll make him excited. If possible, stop after every 2 or 3 feet to allow your best friend to sniff around.
Add Some Variety
Instead of walking through your neighborhood, take your pet to your local park. I’m sure there are numerous beautiful things that will thrill him at the park. Alternatively, try switching your route and walking pace to add some variety. For instance, try heading left instead of right the next time you go out. It’s a great way for you and your dog to explore new trails. And if you usually walk at a slow pace, try brisk walking or even jogging to make things more exciting.
Bring A Friend Along
Thanks to technological advancement, most people nowadays prefer to keep in touch via social media instead of hanging out in real life. I’d rather text my friends or chat with them on Facebook or Whatsapp to know how they’re doing instead of going out together. This is partly because of the busy schedules that we deal with most days of the week as well as how convenient technology has made keeping in touch to be. However, if you want to maintain happy and fulfilling relationships with your friends and family in the long term, you have to create time to be with them in the real world. One way of doing so is by inviting that best friend that you haven’t seen in a while for a dog walk. I’m sure both you and your dog will appreciate the extra company.
Set Goals And Reward Yourself When You Achieve Them
What do you intend to achieve from your daily dog walk? Do you want to help you or your dog to lose weight? If so, how many pounds? If this is your goal, you might want to consider walking 10% more the first week, and once you’re comfortable, increase the time and pace gradually in the subsequent weeks. Setting goals (preferably every week) for your walk can help you stay motivated until you achieve whatever it is you want. This is especially true when there’s a reward every time you reach your goal. A reward here can be anything from a healthy treat for you and your pet to a belly rub for your dog while watching TV. Use these simple tips to make walking with your dog more interesting and enjoyable.