Is it just me or does it feel like every day is “National Something-Or-Other Day”? This past Wednesday was National Love Your Pet Day and this past Friday was National Walking the Dog Day. Clearly, that meant the pups were getting extra spoiled last week. I doubt they noticed though since they are super spoiled every day. We did a lot with the boys over the weekend including puppy whips at Starbucks and a few nibbles of scrambled eggs for breakfast on Sunday.

For National Walking the Dog Day, I took Wilkins on a long, lazy walk around the neighborhood. I’d have take Tebow too but he’s getting old and he doesn’t like long walks like he used to when he was a pup. 🙁 He’s more of “let me do my business and go inside” kind of dog now. Poor guy. So, it’s just me and Wilkins on the long walks these days but that’s ok. I’ve learned a few things you can do during a walk with your dog to make it more fun for both of you.

Discover 5 fun things you can do while on a walk with your dog that make the experience a lot more fun for the both of you. Keep your dog well-behaved and mentally stimulated while you're walking together and keep yourself from getting bored with routine. Via @honeyandpineco #dog #dogwalk #dogtraining

If you’re getting bored on your dog walks, it may be time to switch up your routine a little bit. It doesn’t matter where you walk, taking the same route every day is guaranteed to get old for both of you. In the spirit of National Walking the Dog Day, here are just a few ideas to help you mix it up and make your daily walk something you both enjoy again.

  1. Raise money for a local pet rescue
  2. Take a “Dog’s Choice” walk
  3. Let your dog check his “pee mail
  4. Double as a training session
  5. Bring some friends along

1. Raise money for a local pet rescue

I recently downloaded an app called Walk for a Dog and I’ve been obsessed with it. The app allows you to track your dog walks and every walk helps you raise money for the local pet rescue or shelter of your choice. I have my app set up to donate to Stray Paws of St Louis but you can search your local area and choose one close to you so you can support your own community.

It’s been really cold here lately so we haven’t taken many long walks but we’re anxiously watching the weather and taking advantage of any warm day we can. The app is a great motivation to not only take your walks but to squeeze in some extra time or take a longer route.

2. Take a “Dog’s Choice” walk

This is definitely Wilkins’ favorite because it gives him the opportunity to lead our walk and explore any area he wants to explore. I work such long hours some days and because of that, he doesn’t get much mental stimulation during the day. He has toys that are supposed to keep him entertained and they are good for an hour or two but after that, he’s bored and anxious to get outside. The “dog’s choice” walk lets him lead the way. We’ve discovered all kinds of hidden routes and cute neighborhoods just because I let his nose guide our walk.

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3. Let your dog check “pee mail”

While you’re out on your walk, allow your dog to stop, sniff around, and check his “pee mail.” Let him mark a little bit too to let other dogs know you’re in the area and give your dog some space to spread his dominance. You still need to keep control because if your dog is anything like Wilkins he’ll stop to sniff and mark every 2 feet. I don’t let him stop that often but he gets some quality sniff and mark breaks during the walk and you can tell he’s proud of the messages he’s leaving.

4. Double as a training session

If you have any behavior or tricks you’re working on, fill your pocket up with treats before you head out on your walk so it can double as a training session. Wilkins still has the tendency to pull on his leash or get distracted by other dogs so I like to keep treats on hand during our walks. Occasionally dropping treats next to my foot while we walk keeps him close to me when he’s pulling on his leash. I can also use them to keep his attention on me when he’s distracted by other dogs. You can also stop and take little breaks to work on sit, stay, lay down, give paw, or other tricks.

5. Bring some friends along

Call your neighbors or invite your friend to tag along on your walk if you want to make the experience a lot more social. As a bonus, you’ll also be able to teach your dog to walk alongside other dogs without aggression or distraction. I find that my walks are a lot longer and a lot more fun when I have someone to talk to and Wilkins has a pal to play with. We love to meet up with friends in city neighborhoods where we can also stop at a coffee shop or cafe with an outdoor patio for a mid-walk break and give the pups water and a snack. Hook up with your dog mom friends and schedule a dog walk outing together.

Discover 5 fun things you can do while on a walk with your dog that make the experience a lot more fun for the both of you. Keep your dog well-behaved and mentally stimulated while you're walking together and keep yourself from getting bored with routine. Via @honeyandpineco #dog #dogwalk #dogtraining

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