Hope your holidays have been joyous and peaceful, and you have a happy, safe and prosperous New Year. To your canine companions, who cannot read these words, we wish them much love, fun and daily walks throughout the New Year.
Walk in the Park
The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve the goals of losing weight and getting fit. Sadly, many of these well-intentioned resolutions are forgotten and fall by the wayside within days, weeks or months. Why? Is it because of lack of motivation? Does working out at a gym become a hassle, expensive or boring? What about the atmosphere – is it stressful or stress-free? Wouldn’t it be great if your resolve to get fit was as easy as a Walk in the Park? Well, it can be, with your dog companion by your side.
Approximately 70% of Americans are overweight or obese, and likewise, 50% of American dogs are overweight or obese. Many people need and want to exercise more to improve their health and fitness. Dogs also need to exercise everyday – and with a human companion. Although dog parks and daycares are fun, these activities do nothing for their “seeking behavior”, which is a fundamental instinct to “check out” their environment. Also, interacting with humans is a vital component in the evolutionary history of the human-dog relationship. If you walked everyday, for at least 30-minutes, you would greatly improve your overall health and fitness, and that of your furry friend.
However, there is a problem. Many dogs are not walked because they pull incessantly on leash and can be “leash reactive”. Rather than having a pleasant walk with your dog, you end up in a stressful tug-of-war match with your dog and, god-forbid, any other dog that comes along dragging their human companion. And, there is much greater chance of injuries when dogs are ill-behaved on leash. All in all, your pleasant, stress-free walk goes down the drain and you become resistant to the idea of walking your dog – ever again!
These leash pulling and reactive issues can be solved quickly and effectively with proper training equipment and techniques, and a training philosophy based on science, experience and compassion. Dogs love to walk – they thrive on physical activity and routines. Dogs need and want daily walks – it satisfies their “seeking behavior”. Many dog behavioral problems and neuroses can be treated and eliminated, in part, with daily exercise. And, if you have ever quit a workout activity because of lack of motivation, you will have your own personal fan club, cheerleader and motivator in your loyal companion. Soon, your dog will start anticipate walks and encouraging you to get ready. Together, you will be walking your ways into health, fitness and happiness.
So, how do you turn your dog walks and daily workouts into a Walk in the Park? Unfortunately, dog owners have been given misinformation about the do’s and don’ts of dog training, and in doing so, have made the whole process difficult, complex and confusing. That is where Lucky Dog Training, LLC, can be of assistance.
Our resolution is to provide information and services needed to quickly and effectively train your dog to walk effortlessly and happily on leash – and more. We will discuss all types of training equipment, from harnesses to “pinch collars”, gentle leaders, retractable leashes, clickers, food-rewards, etc. There is a time and place for different equipment and techniques, and we will help you understand how to make informed decisions and how to use the equipment properly and safely.
You should have Walks in the Park with your dogs, not wrestling matches where someone gets hurt, frustrated or worse ….. the dog is re-homed or surrendered to a shelter. With better understanding of the training techniques and how to use them properly, you and your dog companion can achieve your personal goals. And, if you want workouts with your dog to be more challenging – Fit With Fido.
If you need any assistance, please give us a call. Our initial consultations are free and we can quickly answer individual questions and solve specific problems on a case-by-case basis. We welcome your questions and comments.
Lucky Dog Training, LLC