MS Walk & Socialization Corner
Today, Butter and I went to the MS walk to support our friend and co-worker, Tammy. We really enjoyed seeing our friends and walking. If you hear about a fundraising walk we strongly encourage you to show your support and take your dog, if it is allowed. Make sure you ask permission! This was a great opportunity to socialize Butter with kids, adults, dogs and being in a crowd.
Going on a walk in a crowd or at an event can be stressful, so set yourself up for success!
Some tips we suggest:
- Take your dog for shorter walk, in your typical setting, so your dog is not overly energetic at your event. We suggest about one mile depending on your regular routine.
- Start your event by having your dog follow some simple commands before you get into the crowd (sit, lay down, come, look).
- Bring lots of treats so you are ready to train them and a clicker, if you do clicker training.
- Do what is best for you and your dog. It is okay to hang out away from the crowd, do a shorter walk or walk on your own.
Doing these things can be the first part of setting yourself up for a great socialization experience.
What are things that you do to help your dog in crowded situations?