A dog’s daily, psychological diet always consists of a cool morning walk. Naturally, dogs are all about adventure and intrigue especially in the morning (dogs wake up with a new batch of energy each day that needs to be drained). They love to explore new smells and areas on a daily basis. Knowing this, we like to surprise our dogs with a little off-leash time as a reward.
It goes without saying that certain conditions for dogs going off-leash must be met. They must be under voice command at all times (it’s good to have the basic commands well-understood prior to letting your dog off-leash to include: Sit, stay, and down), have zero aggression and be up-to-date on all of their shots.
A little off-leash romp when applicable can also be turned into a training refresher course! Therefore, always make the most of the time you spend with your dog reinforcing command skills they already know; introducing new commands they need to know; playing a game of fetch or other breed-specific exercise in order to feed that part of their personality that needs to be fed.
Associating multiple forms of exercise (mental, physical and emotional) all at once will drain your dog’s energy completely. They will feel satisfied, content–and tired.
[pullquote_right]Engage every facet of your dog’s personality in order to effectively drain their energy.[/pullquote_right]