Walked Dogs Train Better


Mr. N can be a (minor) menace when he is not exercised enough. He has never gotten to the stage where he’s chewing the walls (plus he probably thinks walls taste gross) but I can tell that he gets reactive faster, is slower to listen and harder to train. His brain just isn’t all there.

I have some stitches in my leg from a minor surgery and was placed on exercise restriction. No squatting, carrying anything heavy (Mr. N just barely squeaks through the weight restrictions. I told him he’s not allowed to gain any weight if he still wants to be picked up!) and no running.

So Mr. N wasn’t getting as much regular exercise. Walks were shorter and he is used to semi-regular off-leash time which he wasn’t getting. I let him go chase a squirrel and he was very slow to come back. Normally his recall is snappy and a thing of beauty.  Walked dogs definitely train better and listen better!

Walked Dogs Train Better

Walked Dogs Train Better

If you’re looking to add some spice to walks or need something to wear your dog out faster, here’s what we do.

Walk New Places

If I’m going anywhere remotely dog-friendly, I bring Mr. N with me. As a result, he’s been all over the city. He enjoys and seeing new sights and smelling new scents. We’ve even run into the Unipiper once. Mr. N thought he was strange but whatever.

Add in Tricks

Mr. N is always doing tricks of some sort or another to keep his brain occupied and amuse me and the general populace. Not to mention he loves showing off. "Dance" and "high five" are always popular. Other stationary tricks include “speak,” “wave,” “sit pretty,” “touch” and “pray.”

Dog Parkour 

When you’re Mr. N’s size, the whole world is an obstacle course. But even if you have a bigger dog, there’s plenty of things you can do. I have Mr. N jump on and off stumps, logs, and stairs. He likes to jump over grates and put four paws on anything that holds his weight. Then he expects his photo taken.

Walked Dogs Train Better


While he will never be a herding dog, Mr. N does know directional cues. He knows “left,” “right,” “straight,” “around” and “over.” He also vaguely knows “under” but he so seldom has to use it that he probably needs brushing up on that cue. So I’ll give him directions sometimes while we walk which makes him think especially when we’re not going a way that he expects. He also knows “run” which is useful in an urban setting when we need to make it across the street in a speedy fashion.

Pose for Photos

Photo taking can be the ultimate exercise in the 3 D’s. Distance, duration and distraction. There’s always other people, dogs and squirrels as a distraction. And you want them to hold the pose until you get the right shot for duration. And sometimes the right shot is twenty feet away and you want them to hold their stay.

Do you think walked dogs train better? Do you notice a difference in your dogs when they don’t get enough exercise?

Walked Dogs Train Better

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11 Responses

  1. Beth

    October 14, 2018 9:10 am

    I never thought about it before, but I think it makes sense that a dog’s attention span would be better if he was getting regular exercise. I think it is awesome that Mr. N knows so many tricks and directional words.

  2. Jan K

    October 15, 2018 12:36 pm

    Your walks sound like so much fun, and so much more than just a walk! I think that’s the perfect way to wear a dog out. I definitely believe a tired dog is a much more well behaved dog. I can see a difference in Luke if we even miss one day…he gets whiny in the evening, kind of like he’s trying to tell me that he’s bored!

  3. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    October 15, 2018 12:56 pm

    Ah, yes! If my Huskies do not get to exercise and play, I definitely know! Thankfully, the four of them have plenty of time and access to a yard to romp and zoomie! Mr. N – love that photo of you with the waves! That is a framer for sure!

  4. Jana Rade

    October 15, 2018 3:08 pm

    Ah, yes. Cookie still needs her 3 hours of activity if nobody is to lose their mind. She doesn’t do anything destructive but she will go around bugging everybody.

  5. Hindy Pearson

    October 27, 2018 5:26 am

    I agree, walked dogs absolutely train matter, not to mention they are less aggressive and less destructive. Jack loves going on day trips, especially if it involves public transportation. I just say the word “bus” and he’s flying to the door ready to go. I do like your idea of taking advantage of the mini obstacles on every day walk. I can’t do that with Jack because of his recovery from paralysis but it is a great tip.

  6. Lindsay N Pevny

    October 27, 2018 7:34 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve haven’t been able to get around as much! Exercise definitely helps, I’ve been going on runs each night with Cow, and it’s definitely a great outlet for her energy, she absolutely loves to run, when it’s too cold or rainy to go out, she picks on Matilda a lot more!

  7. Talent Hounds

    October 28, 2018 6:47 pm

    Kilo the Pug definitely needs mental and physical exercise and so he gets lots of short walks every day. Sadly his recall is far from a thing so he does not get off leash but he does love smelling all the pee mail on our street on leash.

  8. Alina552

    November 1, 2018 11:31 pm

    So adorable, Very good if this is my dog he’ll be out and wander by now hahaha and kind of a bit problem for me, but this is very beautiful.

  9. Doggy Pedia

    December 2, 2018 8:54 pm

    Going for walks is the fave part of the day for both my pup and me! I do a 15 minute walk in the morning before work, and a hour long walk after work. It’s our special time together.


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