The circuit walk
Dogs get the most from their dog walk when they have an opportunity to interact with the environment, that's why around the perimeter of our enclosed dog field we have created a series of paths that offer lots of stimulation for the dogs.
Wood chipped surfaces, long grass, wide open spaces & sand offer a variety of ways for your dog to get the most engaging experience from their dog walk.
If you decide to do the perimeter walk you would cover approx 0.5 km and with your dog making the most of the wide open meadow you can expect them to cover even more.
Using the log pile for mental stimulation
Dogs need physical exercise as well mental stimulation on their dog walk. One of our favourite dog activities is to hide our dogs favourite treats (cooked chicken) in the log pile.
We then encourage her with the command 'find it' to use her nose and agility to poke around and find the treats. We usually do this one treat at a time so she knows the game has been reset.
This encourages the dog to use their greatest assets smell and intelligence. For the more challenging find we put the chicken in the hardest places to get to.
Doggy Hide and Seek using the nature trails
Hearing is another one of those amazing senses dogs have and we should encourage them to use it as much as possible - particularly on recall. We found a great way for dogs to build their recall skills is to make a hide and seek activity. In our case we particularly wanted our dog to respond to the voice command of the children as well as the adults. This meant we could be confident when the children where out walking the dog we knew there was good recall skills in place.
Firstly we would have the dog on the lead sat beside an adult on one of the nature trails, then we would give the kid(s) armed with her favourite treat (cooked chicken) to go and hide behind a tree or shrub line, obscured path way or any where the dog couldn't see them.
Once they where ready we would encourage the kids to call her and release the dog from her lead. As soon as she found them we would tell the children to make her sit, put her lead on and reward her with a treat. We particularly like this activity because it built confidence with us, the dog and our children alike, and the added bonus was the kids love it too!