Msgr. William Poyatt, First "Senior Priest" of the Camden Diocese; Served for 60 Years

Pet Tip of the Week by Dawn Watson

To Walk or Not to Walk  Thoughtful Chucha

   “We have a fenced-in yard so we don’t walk our dog. But recently he’s been digging, pulling wash off the line, and barking at everything that passes by.” 

   I’ve heard this song at least a hundred times in my career as a professional dog trainer. Folks think that allowing a dog to roam in a yard is enough to occupy and exercise him. I disagree for several reasons.

   Dogs need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Walking him around the block or farther, several times a day will provide that. A tired Fido is a Fido that will stay out of trouble! And you want to show him off, have neighbors admire him, perhaps offer a treat or two, don’t you? Of course you do! That’s why we have dogs! That extra time you spend with him will increase the bond between the two of you, too.

   If your dog doesn’t walk well on-leash there are a number of trainers out there that will show you how it’s done. It’s well worth the time and money to have Fido trot happily by your side as you show him how much you love him by taking him for a nice, long stroll.

   If you need information on this topic or on any other dog-related issue please feel free to call me at 856.349.2508. There is never a fee for phone or email consultations.

   Next week’s topic will be entitled, “Serious Talk about the Holidays”. As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome! 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030

 Pictured: Chucha Watson

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