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How to Spice Up Your Dog Walks

How to Spice Up Your Dog Walks

Courtesy of Modern Dog Magazine

Dogs, like people, can get bored by the same old round‑the‑block routine. Keep your walk-time fresh and interesting by mixing it up a bit. Think new sights, new smells, new friends. Here are some fresh takes on the walk to keep it exciting.

1. Socialize
Stop and talk to strangers who are also walking their dogs and ask if your dogs can socialize a bit. If their dogs (and yours) are friendly, this is a great socialization opportunity.

2. Make a pit stop en route
Combine activities: make your destination a friend’s house, the pet store (your dog will love stopping for a little treat!) or a dog-friendly patio. If you can accomplish an errand (the post office, perhaps?), even better!

3. Walk with friends
Sure your dog is great company (the best), but it can be nice to catch up with friends while out walking your dog. Bringing along to-go coffees can seal the deal.

4. Take a new route
This is good for both you and your dog. We’re all creatures of habit and can find ourselves treading the same route without giving it much thought. Why not reverse your routine by starting off in the direction you normally finish, push on one block further, or explore a brand new neighbourhood? New scenery keeps it interesting for you both. Predictable, when it comes to walks, is boring.

5. Bring another dog
Offer to pick up a friend or family member’s dog and take him along too. This good deed may be reciprocated when you need it and your dog, if social, will relish the canine company.

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