Are you ready for your walk? The excited look you get from your dog whenever you take the leash and head for the door is priceless!

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January is the month to start off the New Year with fresh goals and motivation for both yourself and your dog! It also happens to be National Walk Your Dog and National Train Your Dog month! The perfect way to start the New Year if your resolution is to help your dog to stay happy and healthy with a regular exercise routine. Just like humans, dogs need to go out for regular walks in order to maintain their mental and physical health. Walks are essential for them to see the world, socialize and get rid of excess energy! They are also a great way to bond with your dog, teach her how to walk on the leash and how you want her to interact with the world outside the home.

Here are some helpful tips if you wish to join in the fun:

Take it easy, set realistic goals and work up to the long walks slowly. Start by going for shorter walks, and then adapt to how your dog is feeling. Especially if your dog is new to walking on a leash, it is important not to practice for too long or your dog will get stressed.

Make sure it is not too cold or hot to go for a longer walk. If the weather is not cooperating it is better to keep the walk shorter or both of you will be miserable.

Bring water or treats along for the walk to make sure your dog is hydrated and can be rewarded for great behaviour along the walk, such as friendly greetings or not being distracted by squirrels or other wildlife.

Positive motivation goes a long way with dogs so always remember to praise your dog for good behaviour!

If you need help starting the new routine, do not hesitate to contact your Partners in Pet Parenting, the Move Your Doggie Team, for professional and helpful tips.  We provide dog walking services in Whitby and Oshawa and will be happy to work with you privately or in a group setting to help you perfect your walks.

We at Move your Doggie wish you a successful National Walk Your Dog and National Train Your Dog month, and a great start to 2019!

Please feel free to post any of your dog walking or dog training questions or comments below. You can also leave us a message on our Contact Us page to book your complimentary meet-and-greet.