How to intensify walks:
- Practice various obedience and agility skills: Mr. N naturally wants to jump on top of everything. If I see stairs, I have him run up and down them. I have him in a “stay” and tell him to “watch me” for photos. We also practice “leave it” with food and squirrels and cats. People who come over and want to pet him are given treats and have him “dance” or “high five.”
- Mental stimulation and new places: I usually take Mr. N with me on errands and around the city so he gets exposure to a wide variety of things. He has ridden in elevators, hopped aboard a trolley and posed for pictures for a Japanese tourist in downtown Portland. I think his favorite store may still be the taxidermy store though. For people who live in less dog-friendly places, going to different streets and places for walks will stimulate your dog as well.
- Have your dog wear a backpack: Give your dog a job. Make him carry his own water and bags. I’ll probably have to settle for Mr. N carrying my keys if I ever find one small enough for him.