Walking the same routes day after day can get kind of boring. So whenever we have the opportunity, Rocco and I love to explore new places. Rocco gets to take in new sights and smells, and I get to enjoy the new scenery too.
So during our recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, we had some fun walking along the Riverwalk area in the Old Fort Lauderdale Historic District.
There were pretty park areas and a few restaurants that lined the waterway.
We enjoyed watching the big boats, too!
It was pretty walking along the Riverwalk at sunset, a great way to end another sunny Fort Lauderdale day.
Heading to a new place can be a fun outing for both you and your dog. But in the excitement of walking in a new place don't forget these essentials:
- Doggie waste bags. If you're heading out on a long walk, don't forget to bring extra poop bags. On occasion you'll find poop bag dispensers in public places, but it's best to be prepared and bring extras.
- Water and a collapsible water bowl. Bring plenty of water so both you and your dog can stay hydrated, especially if it's warm outside.
- Treats. Long walks provide for a great training opportunity and extra treats can be used to reward good behavior. Practice healing, sit and stay until you give the release word that it's ok to proceed. This comes in super handy when waiting patiently at a crosswalk. I also play the "look at that game" with Rocco, asking him to look at things that I DON'T want him to react to ... and then I praise him and treat when he quickly and calmly looks back at me.
What training games do you play when you're out walking your dog? Let us know in the comments below!
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