Before we go into detail about the different types walks that dogs need to remain healthy and well-adjusted individuals I would like you to consider and compare the following two questions -
|Why do humans walk their dog?||Why do dogs need to go for a walk?|
|Exercise the dog's muscles||Exercise their muscles (see Physical Exercise)|
|Dogs relieve themselves||Relieve themselves by eliminating (wee and poo)|
|Have quality time with their dogs||Have fun with their owner - bonding & positive associations|
|Socialise and meet other people and dogs||Use its senses while meeting other dogs and people|
|Be part of a dog "pack" by writing on the "newspaper"|
|Stimulate and exercise their senses and brains|
|Fulfill their working instincts|
As you can see, although at first glance the anwsers to both questions seem the same, in reality what the dog expects to get from the walk can be very different from that of its owner.
Sadly, too many dog owners (and particularly those employed to walk dogs in urban environments) are under the misguided impression that all a dog needs for daily exercise is to be walked around the block on a lead, at a brisk pace and be discouraged from stopping and sniffing, and as soon as the dog has relieved itself it is taken straight back to the boring confines of its home.
Other dog owners are so focused on the exercise aspect of the walk that they
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