Good on you for having a dog and taking it out for a walk, but we’re afraid to say you’re probably doing that wrong.That’s according to Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, anyway.
Ingrid says that many of us are rushing our dogs when we take them out and about, meaning they don’t enjoy walks to their full potential.It makes sense when you think about it. People are often in a rush to get the walk over and done with, whether it’s before work or in time for Love Island .
But for dogs, that outing is a pretty big deal – they want some time to explore.Ingrid told Seattle’s Morning News: ‘Let them sniff! That’s their way they read the news, that’s their internet. Don’t drag them along.
‘It’s their walk, you know?
‘That’s a very special occasion for a dog, to be outside and to smell and to look. They don’t want to be stuck in a room all day with their legs crossed, hoping to go outside. It’s more than a bathroom break, it’s an excursion.’
Ingrid also reckons we should stop having our phones out while we’re taking dogs for walks, because it’s a bit rude.
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The pups want their walks to be proper opportunities for quality time, with them able to point out exciting things or slow down for a minute – they need to have your full attention.
That means no texting, emailing, or listening to music while you stroll.
Oh, and use a lead with a harness, rather than a collar, which can put strain on your pooch’s neck.
There are some other things you can do to make your dog’s walk enjoyable.