Dogs love it when we take them for a walk. Likewise, dog owners enjoy taking a step with their four-legged friends.
But contrary to popular belief, walking a dog is an intricate process that involves some negotiations. This shows how far our relationships with dogs go.
In diverse ways, the walk demonstrates the dominion that man has over other animals and their submission to the rule of man. Walking a dog also creates room for negotiation about the power in the relationship between man and his best friend, research shows.
According to recent research, at every stage of our walk with dogs, we have to more or less negotiate on several things.
Many people in the UK love pets. In about 40% of homes in the UK; you will find a domestic animal. And about 24% of households in the UK own a dog.
A dog owner will cover a distance of over 23,500 miles walking a dog in its entire lifetime of nearly 13 years.
But in spite of all this, little do we know how taking a walk with a dog and the places we go with our dog helps cement our friendship with the four-legged animals.
The magic of walking your dog
We either walk to school or work, but walking means a lot. It is not just a movement. Taking a walk with a dog improves our mental health, but man and dog interact in many ways when walking around.
Just like any other animal, a dog has feelings. Besides thinking and feeling, dogs also have their traits. It’s essential to listen to dogs and to reason with them about the direction the walk is taking.
Humans love to walk their dogs because they know it’s not only beneficial to the health of their dogs, but it’s also enjoyable to see their dogs having fun.
Our research showed many people believe that dogs are happy when walking outside, and this is one way they can show how “doggy” they are.
It’s essential to bear in mind that not all people walk their dogs, but those we surveyed said they liked walking with their dogs.
According to dog owners, the time, duration, and location of the walk depends on the dog’s personality and the likes and dislikes of the dog.
One lady who participated in the study said her dog needed a lot of walking because she had been rescued. She thought this was the right way of ensuring the life of her dog was okay. Also, with time, people do come to know the areas most preferred by their dogs.
Other factors influence the walk. One is the way the owner perceives the walk. For instance, owners of larger breeds become uncomfortable when they encounter children, and this sometimes influences the step.
Continue to page 2 to learn more about dog walking.