Snack Walk and Train (Pack Walking)
Yes, snack-walk! Emphasis on the “snack”
Welcome to our Snack Walk and Train (Pack Walking) experience. Have you heard about a Pack Walk Snack Walk? If not, allow us to introduce you to the Snack Walking experience, where we emphasize the “snack” in this delightful journey. If you’re a pet parent, looking for an opportunity for your furry friend to walk, socialize, and receive mental stimulation, you’re in the right place. In this blog, we’ll explore why your dog could benefit from this unique approach. We’ll discuss why having a structured environment is key, the science behind pack walks, and what Snack Walk and Train is not. Let’s dive into the world of rewarding walks and socialization for your beloved pets.
Snack Walk and Train: A Fun Adventure for Local Dogs
- Pet parents with one dog per human.
- Local doggies who love to walk.
Who Can Join: Pet Parents and Local Doggies
- Dogs working on reactivity are welcome, but if you have any questions about if this is right for your dog, call us and we’ll help you out
Leashes should be 5-6 ft in length (no retractable leashes) to keep everyone safe.
The Benefits of Snack Walk and Train for Your Dog
- (For dogs) Mental Stimulation, confidence building, desensitization, leash manners, structured socialization, Exercise.
- (For Pet Parents) Confidence Building, Learning to read your dog’s body language, Get tips from a walker and a trainer, Structured Socialization, Exercise.
- (Us) Getting to know pet parents and their fur children. Introducing ourselves to the community.
Structured Environment for a Rewarding Experience
- Dogs walk in a long line at first. With around 6ft of spacing in between each dog. By the end of the walk, some dogs bunch up together as walking buddies and some dogs just enjoy the camaraderie of the walk from a safe distance.
- We want this to be a rewarding experience for all dogs! Bring their favorite treats to reinforce good behavior!
- Some dogs are more toy motivated than food motivated so bring whatever makes your dog the most happy
- No dog introductions face-to-face
- The key to a successful pack walk is the rhythm of the walk – as long as we’re moving, things will go great! We move at a casual pace that works for most fitness levels.
Following the rules will guarantee a successful experience
Every dog is different: Some dogs will walk side-by-side after the first 15 minutes, but other dogs may need a few pack walks to get there. Go at your dog’s pace
Science Behind Pack Walks: Satisfying Your Dog’s Socialization Needs
Dogs have a strong instinctual need to socialize with and explore the world. As we know, many dogs are reactive to other dogs, but these dogs still have a need to get out and socialize. Pack walks satisfy this need. Dogs can safely socialize without physically interacting. Even though the dogs are not physically touching each other, they can smell and see the other dogs, which is still considered socialization.
Walking provides the dog with a lot of mental stimulation
What Snack Walk and Train Is Not:
- Time for your dog to “meet” new dogs