Enrichment-led dog walking is based on the principles of providing dogs with a more fulfilling and stimulating experience during their walks. Some of the core values around enrichment-led dog walking include:
Engagement: Enrichment-led dog walking focuses on providing dogs with interactive and engaging experiences during their walks. This means that I encourage the dog to explore their environment, play games, and interact with other dogs and people in a positive and safe way.
Safety: Safety is a top priority when it comes to enrichment-led dog walking. I always ensure that the dog is on a secure leash, avoid areas where the dog could be exposed to dangerous situations, and be prepared to respond quickly if any potential risks arise.
Health and well-being: Enrichment-led dog walking is also focused on promoting the health and well-being of the dog. This includes ensuring that the dog gets enough exercise, has access to water and shade, and is not over-exerted during the walk. I also make any notes on any specific health needs or concerns of the dog and take appropriate measures to address them.
Environmental responsibility: Enrichment-led dog walking is mindful of the impact that dogs can have on the environment. I ensure to pick up after the dog and dispose of waste properly, avoid sensitive areas such as wildlife habitats, and minimize any disturbances to the natural environment.
Positive reinforcement: Enrichment-led dog walking is based on the principles of positive reinforcement, which means rewarding good behavior and avoiding punishment or negative reinforcement. I only use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, and play to encourage good behavior and discourage unwanted behavior.