An insight into what we get up to at Fetch Club during our walks. This is dog walking in Bedford with a focus on physical and mental wellbeing. I focus on play, engagement, confidence building and asking every dog to exercise their brains as well as their bodies. For some dogs this might mean going through commands or learning new ones. But for others this may be doing challenging things with their body like climbing logs, balancing on objects up off the ground, or even walking very nicely on a lead.
Being around other dogs in group walks is great socialisation and helps them to practice being relaxed around other dogs in public. As well as posing an added distraction when I’m asking for a nice ‘sit’ and ‘wait’, having other dogs around encourages polite behaviour. This is important when it comes to things like taking treats, listening and responding well to their name and behaving well with other dogs of different shapes and sizes.
My packs are matched carefully and every dog is introduced patiently and in a very particular way so that each dog can meet each other politely and calmly. Before I introduce a new dog to a pack, I will walk them on their own for a few walks first to get to know them and build a relationship with them. This is so that by the time they’re in a group setting, I know how they will react to different things. It is also so that they can develop a relationship with me where they will always feel safe and connected to me, they will recall brilliantly and understand they are part of the Fetch Club pack.