Snack Walk and Train (Pack Walking)
Yes, snack-walk! Emphasis on the “snack”
Professional Dog Walkers serving: Montgomery County, Gaithersburg, Potomac, North Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Germantown, Clarksburg, MD
Who this is good for:
Pet parents with one dog per human.
Local doggies who love to walk.
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.
Why your dog needs this:
(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.
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
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 It’s Not
-Time for your dog to “meet” new dogs