Walks for Love

Came across this and wanted to share. What a nice idea…

Walks for Love

Anne Sardena, founder of “Walks for Love” in San Diego, Calif., understands the power of the walk—and the power of a helping hand. That is why she started the volunteer, non-profit dog walking service for owners who are otherwise unable to walk their dogs.

Walks For Love“As a pet sitter, I realized that there are a lot of dogs that are neglected because their owners are unable to care for them,” said Anne. “It bothered me to think about all of the dogs I could be helping, dogs that just want to go outside for a walk, or spend time with someone, but they are stuck inside with owners that are disabled or ill and can’t physically take care of their pet.”

Still in its initial stages, Walks for Love is currently working solely in the San Diego, Calif. area with hopes to bring the concept to other parts of the US. Recently, however, the group has joined efforts with the local Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals for the elderly and disabled, to help walk the dogs of those who receive their meal service.

SkyDue to his owners disability, Sky was not walked in four years. With the help of Walks for Love, Sky is now getting daily walks. As the organization begins its expansion, Anne remembers how it all started. “The first dog I started walking was referred to me by a company that provides mobility service dogs,” said Anne. “The dog’s owner had a progressive form of a disease that weakens the body’s muscles. After I walked his dog for the first time, he looked at her and said ‘she looks happy.’ I felt so fortunate to help the dog’s owner.”

A Walk in the Park

Spring is here! Time to get out and walk your dog. If you have some problems walking your dog, here are some tips…

6 Tips for Mastering the Dog Walk

By Cesar Millan

Here are 6 dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go.

1. Walk in front of your dog.

Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.

2. Use a short dog leash.

This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider the The Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set (Next Generation). Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections.

3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.

Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog’s behavior to see if his needs are being met.

4. How to reward your dog during the walk.

After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.

5. Keep leading, even after the walk.

When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.

6. Reward your dog after the walk.

By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to “work” for food and water.

And don’t forget to set a good example by always picking up after your dog.