A PROFESSIONAL dog trainer is telling pet lovers not to walk their canines every day.
Niki French, 53, says that despite dog Because walking is a popular daily routine for many pet owners, it’s not a habit she approves of.
In her bestselling book, Stop Walking Your Dog, Niki urges pet owners to give up the 30-minute walk every day.
Instead, she suggests coming up with another activity that will be more stimulating for our pooches.
she said The mirror: “It may come as a surprise, but traditional walks are a human invention and unhelpful for many of our dogs.
“Replacing walking time with training games at home can give dogs the skills they lack to live calm and happy lives.
“Contrary to popular belief, dogs with behavioral problems can become more reactive or agitated if we try to exhaust them with too much exercise.”
This weekend, Niki is kicking off her first ever Don’t Walk Your Dog Day event.
Niki said: “A growing number of my clients have nervous or reactive dogs and I have shown them all the amazing activities you can do at home to help dogs develop the skills they lack to keep them happy on walks to be.”
As the dog owner of two-year-old Bodie, Niki notices that her dog is in a much calmer mood when she regularly incorporates activity games into their exercise together.
She says that playing with dogs is a great way to build skills while building a strong relationship.
Enrichment games can include digging at the beach, playing hide and seek, or using cardboard boxes to have a bit of fun while teaching good habits.
She said: “It’s good to have other things in your toolbox. This is true for all dogs and surprisingly it works best for breeds that need a lot of exercise.”
It comes as a study from 2,000 cat and dog owners 35 percent of those with pet social media accounts have set it up for their beloved animals to show the world.
While 34 percent wanted to enjoy the positive reactions shared online about their pets.
These pampered pets have an average of 925 followers, with 89 percent of owners admitting that’s more than they have on their own social networking accounts.
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