I have seen a few people who do not seem to be enjoying their walk with their dog, but so many others clearly do enjoy that time with their furry friend. It crossed my mind the other day, while on a walk, just how therapeutic a dog walk can be.
We get exercise! It may be low heart-rate exercise, but it is still valid exercise.
We meet people who are friendly. Well, to be honest, my experience suggests that they are friendly because of Ray … but I’ll take that as positive.
We can guarantee putting smiles on a few faces during the walk. Again, I think it is Ray that is instrumental here, but I’ll take it also as positive.
It’s a great opportunity to talk, assuming you have a partner/friend/relative with you but, if not, you can talk to your dog. Ray and I have had many conversations, and he is always attentive.
You may be able to stop and get a latte (or whatever is your choice), and then sit and relax, and probably continue discussing things, such as the meaning of life, with your dog.
All other conditions permitting, it could even be an opportunity to dwell on personal issues, or work challenges, or your goals for the future!
Your dog probably conned treats from you throughout the walk as he/she decided to display the traits that you thought he/she would never grasp, so you are both very pleased with yourselves.
You have a very happy dog because, not only did his/her nose do a lot of work, and not only is he/she now up to date with the local canine news, but a nap could be the reward at the end (perhaps for both of you?).
For those people who think that walking the dog is a chore that simply intrudes on their life, think again. It clearly has therapeutic value in so many ways!