Why is it a good idea to go to a dog park? To free your dog! Let them run wild and crazy for a little bit that’s why! The only thing stopping them is your spare time being dedicated to social media! Seriously, I see too often dogs being stuck in their kennel all day with barely enough room to do anything. My cousin Clay works full time as a plumber http://www.plumbersantioch.com in Tennessee and he actually brings his dog with him to the office and even some times on service calls. This has given him a name around town as the “plumber with the dog” and people absolutely love him for it. His lab, “Splash” as been going to the office with him for years now. I asked him why he doesn’t leave Splash at home and he says “Well, where would I put him? Splash would much rather be with me”. I couldn’t agree more and I am sure Splash thinks the same!
I bring this up because an acquaintance of mine is going through some issues at home with her roommate and she has decided to move out because they are not compatible together and her roommate has a dog who literally spends almost all day in a kennel. It hurts me to see this whenever I go over there. The dog is a puppy and just wants to be free. Now I don’t mean to say, “Let the dog be free without discipline”. That is not where I am going with this. The fact is, if you wish to discipline your dog and have it obey you then you cannot keep in cooped up all day and expect its attention for the hour the dog is actually able to move around. This should be common sense, but I constantly see her trying to discipline her dog with basically no effort and when her dog doesn’t obey after a few minutes, she puts the dog back into the kennel.
Bringing this back to the example above with my cousin the plumber, you can keep your dog out of their kennel if you really appreciate it. You can FIND a way to work it out. Clay decided to bring Splash with him to work at the office or even on a few service calls. The dog will begin to understand the routine. Not only will this give the dog more freedom to exercise and exert energy but it will also give you more time to train the dog to be your best friend! The relationship you have with your dog can quickly turn into neglect if you constantly have it in the kennel. Because it is a “dog” kennel it does not somehow validate your reasoning. Lets just be honest, your neglect highlights that you are lazy, too lazy to take responsibility for your pet and you are probably in denial of how irresponsible you are acting.
Start (and now I am just ranting) by taking your dog to your local dog park a few times a week for AT LEAST 30 minutes. When you all get home, spend another 30 minutes training your dog and spending quality time with him or her. After a relationship is formed, you will be less likely to keep putting the dog in the kennel and more likely to have him or her join you throughout your day!