Taking the time to let them explore and discover new smells on their daily walk is the perfect way to show them that you care about what they like.
It will also encourage you to explore new areas in search of new sights and smells.
Toss them periodically and let your dog know there is something to find. As well as adding interest to your walk, it will give you more control over what your dog eats during your walk by distracting them from eating anything they find on the ground.
Be very clear with your companion that you’re the one in charge. Keep some small, dry treats in your pocket during the walk to reward good behaviour. But don’t go overboard – it’s important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and to avoid overfeeding.
It’s important to learn how your pet reacts to other dogs to ensure you can remain in control, and remember they may behave differently on and off-lead.
If you have recently adopted an older dog that demonstrates signs of hostility towards other dogs, food will be your best ally.
Start giving treats whenever another dog (cat, or person) approaches so he starts to associate the pleasure of food with making new acquaintances.
It will be more enjoyable than doing it on your own.
If you go out for a jog with your dog, you might want to create a route using a tracking app. You can create fun route shapes such as a bone that you ‘draw’ as you go on your walk, and it could give you the motivation to go the extra mile!