Don’t get stuck in a rut with your mutt!
Explore somewhere beautiful with your canine companion.
Routines can be the death of stimulation.We’re all guilty of indulging in routine behaviour, it’s comforting for both us and our dogs – but it simply isn’t healthy. Office workers who walk their dogs in the morning and evening (All dogs should be walked twice a day, regardless of age or fitness) are often limited by time restrictions.
They have to get up, eat, shower and walk their dogs – all before jumping in the car to get to work. You can’t blame them for taking the easy out. When the day’s done, they’re tired, so the dog gets taken on the same work as he went on in the morning. Two walks a day, what more could a dog want?
Well, your dog needs a variety of stimulation. Not just throughout the day but throughout the entirety of the week and their lives. A dog’s world is much smaller than ours.
All that exists for them is your home and your regular walk. Imagine being trapped in a just a few square metres of land each day, the only real freedom you get is the same stretch of land – your life is rigorously scheduled and each day blurs into one. Sound familiar?
If it does, then there’s a good chance that you’re in need of some simulation too. If you’re trapped in the same 9-5 grind, walking the same walk and living in the same spaces, then you’re going to feel just as unstimulated as your pet. Routine can lead to boredom, boredom can lead to depression and depression can lead down a very dark path indeed.
Don’t let yourself slip into a routine. Life is about change. Without it, we can’t progress as individuals and we lapse into a state of stasis – whilst the rest of the world surges forward without us.
Have you ever felt that you’re being left behind in life?
Like your friends/colleagues/family are moving on through life without you?
When was the last time you made a change in your life?
There will be those that say you’re fine.
You’re doing great.
You’ve got your job/house/money/wife/husband/kids what more could you want?
Don’t listen to them. ‘Fine’ is not OK.
‘Great’ is not OK.
Why stop reaching for more, just because you’ve attained the trappings of a conventional lifestyle?