Posted on 25th October 2016 at 11:40
Walking and training dogs means I’m in the park at least four times a day. This morning I watched a man play fetch with his Jack Russell Terrier. The dog was a true professional; his eyes never left the ball then dutifully retrieved it and returned it to the foot of the owner to throw it again and again and again. The dog’s owner was on his phone only pausing to pick up the tennis ball in his ball launcher and throw it in the same direction as before. Is this a happy dog? Look again at the dog and the owner. Are they interacting with each other? Does the dog look happy or is it merely repeating a behaviour because that’s the only thing to look forward to on a walk? Now, don’t get me wrong, fetch can be a great game but there is so much more you can do with your dog.