Getting a new puppy was a big choice for me and my new bride, a decision we were glad we made over four years ago. It seems silly to say and tell people, but we bought our dog on the internet. A few days after we “ordered her” from Arkansas rescue shelter. One airplane ride later we picked our dog up at the airport and she was a tiny, little thing at just over four pounds. She didn’t start out to be the sweetest dog in the world. It took many frustrating hours of training and finding several of my expensive electronics torn and destroyed on the floor, but now almost 4 plus years later we have the cutest, most loved dog in San Francisco, or at least we think so. Obviously two loving owners helps raise a great dog, but one thing we attribute to the social excellence of our dog, Ari, is the dog park. Allow me to explain.
During Ari’s years as a puppy, about five times a week, my wife and I would walk a mile or so to the local dog park and let our dog run, play, sniff and do dog things for the next hour, then take the mile walk back. Not only were we getting some good exercise for ourselves, but Ari got to meet plenty of other dogs and people. Over the span of the next year or so we found ourselves quite the fitness buddy, in our beloved dog. Dogs are a great motivator to get out of the house because you know your dog wants to get his or her daily walk in. This is a subject of a new study to see if pet owners are healthier because of their pets. So not only did our beloved puppy get some much needed exercise and socialization, but we got our great daily exercises in as well. Here are some great ways to get your workout while you walk the dog.
I’m lucky enough to be able to bring my dog to work with me almost everyday and I’m constantly being asked, “Your dog is amazing and friendly! I wish my dog could be like that” and “She is so sweet, how did you do that?”
My answer always includes that we frequently took her to the local dog park and thats how she got so friendly, and social. There is no breed of dog or person that our dog hasn’t met, making her friendly to just about everyone.
Our veterinarian in San Francisco, suggested we expose Ari to as many different people and dogs as we could when she was young, so we started our frequent dog park trips.
The old saying goes “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” so bring your puppy to your local dog park and have them meet the neighbors. If dog parks are hard to come by in your area arrange a dog walking crew or meet up where a few times a month all the dog owners get together and the dogs get to enjoy each other’s company. Have any tips to make your dog more people and pooch friendly? Please do share!