Why to Start a Dog Walking Program

ASPCA, Companion Animal Services

 

THERAPEUTIC DOG WALKING


WHY?

To exercise kenneled dogs and improve their quality of life.

To improve chance of adoption by exercising out some of their excess energy.

To maintain housebreaking habits of already housebroken dogs.

WHO BENEFITS?

Adolescents of all breeds who are at their physical, hyperactive peak.

Dogs bred to do certain jobs — sporting, herding, sled, sight and scent hounds, terriers — are all dogs that are created with tremendous stamina.

ANIMAL PLACEMENT BENEFITS?

Makes dog more placeable.

Allows staff to see more of the dog’s temperament.

Assists in making the proper placement.

Provides opportunity for basic manners training — sit, wait, proper greeting, down, leave it.

Provides opportunity to work on solving jumping up problems.

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED?

Slip Collar — a chain or nylon collar with two rings. There is a right and a wrong way to put on this collar. Make a “P” and place the dog’s face through it. It is now on properly for a dog to be walked on your left.

Buckle Collar — for small or medium dogs. Should be used with fearful dogs. The collar should fit so that it cannot slip up and over their ears.

Six Foot Leash — preferably cotton web, nylon is okay for smaller dogs.

Plastic Bags — for cleaning up after your dog.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DOGS AREN’T PROPERLY EXERCISED?

They become overly-excited and do everything to the nth degree including fearful or aggressive responses.

They become incessant yappers.

They dig/chew/trash their homes.

They self-mutilate — pull out hair and nip at flanks, feet or tail.

They engage in obsessive behavior — constantly moving and pacing, circling.

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