Following on from “walking the dog” this article focuses on the benefits of upping the pace to a jog or by running the dog alongside you on a pedal bike.
All dogs need adequate exercise and stimulation to remain balanced but if you are one of the many unfortunate owners who have a fearful, anxious or reactive dog then speeding up from a walk can really make a difference.
Try it with your dog. Progress from a walk to a jog and observe the changes in body posture and facial expression. Often the tail position rises, the ears are alert but relaxed further back and down and the nose points firmly in the direction of travel. In short, the dog is feeling happier, more confident and focused. He will be concentrating on moving forward, will be less prone to being distracted and the inbuilt need that dogs have to travel is being fulfilled. This is the travel state of mind and it is a great way to help dogs who struggle with everyday sights and sounds. It increases self esteem and by praising the balanced behaviour and ignoring the unwanted the dog can learn to love things that it would previously have turned tail and run from or attacked depending on how the individual dog reacts to the fight or flight instinct.
Get the dog moving physically and the chances are you'll also get it moving mentally as well :)