Families can work exercise into the family routine with a little forethought. When you walk to the mailbox, take the dog along. When you borrow milk from the neighbor, take the dog along. When you take the baby out for a stroll, take the dog along. Who says you have to walk two miles all at one time? Leash training is critical when walking the dog. Having a dog braid the leash around the stroller wheels or tangle it around your feet while you’re carrying an armload of mail or a quart of milk is no fun and can be dangerous.
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A leash-trained dog is a pleasure to take along for long or short walks and the dog feels included in the daily routine. Plus, walking the dog and the baby together further solidifies the dog’s position in the family and reduces the “left out” feeling some dogs have as parents become focused on the children.
Pic of the Day: My girlfriend fell asleep with my dog and he gave me this look after I kissed her on the cheek.