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As we navigate the realms of canine companionship, let's take a moment to reflect on the world we create for our four-legged friends. For our beloved dogs, their world has inevitably become smaller over time – confined to houses and fenced yards, primarily for safety reasons. But what if we envisioned a life where our own movements were so limited?

Imagine a world where exploration is stifled, where the same food graces our plates day after day. Picture living with unrealistic expectations, where we're expected to be invisible when our humans are busy and miraculously 'good' when they have time for us. It's a scenario that parallels the life many dogs lead.

Our canine friends, with their innate instinct to roam and explore, often find their natural behaviors suppressed. The constant corrections, the endless stream of 'no's,' and the expectations placed upon them can be overwhelming. Do we truly grasp the nature of our dogs and their predatory instincts? The play behaviors they exhibit, such as chasing, chewing, and engaging in tug-o-war, are rooted in their instinct to hunt.

In a recent video we shared, showcasing a dog enthusiastically shaking a toy, a comment surfaced suggesting the dog might turn into a cat-killer. But do we draw the same conclusion when children play with toy guns? It's a stark reminder of the misconceptions that persist.

At A Walk in the Park, we believe in offering dogs an outlet for their natural behaviors. Our enrichment program aims to provide an environment where they can shred, explore, and savor different smells and tastes. By incorporating training games, we can shape their behavior and encourage positive decision-making, all without resorting to force that may strain the unique bond we share with our furry companions.

We extend an invitation to all of you to join us on this journey, to reconsider preconceived notions about dogs, and to truly get to know these incredible beings. Let's adjust our outlook where necessary and work together to enhance the lives of our cherished pets. It's a journey that promises excitement, discovery, and a deeper understanding of the incredible world of dogs.

Wishing you and your canine companions endless joy and discovery,

Dirk and the Team at A Walk in the Park

Dirk Broersma
https://awalkintheparkoftoledo.com