A phrase coined by dog trainer Sarah Stremming, “a decompression walk is a walk where the dog is allowed freedom of movement in nature”.
Depending on your dog’s breed (or mix of breeds), they may be a natural hunter, retriever, scavenger, or something else. A decompression walk allows your dog to blow off steam by letting them follow through with these natural instincts – all whilst working their brain and getting them ready to make rational decisions!
One of the reasons you may be here is that you have an anxious, sensitive, or reactive dog. Whatever it may be, one of the main causes of stressful walks is that our beloved dogs act irrationally or without proper thought. When our dogs react like this, it is common belief that the culprit is over arousal, stimulation, or pent-up energy. Whilst this certainly can be a contributing factor, the concept of ‘tire them out’ is somewhat outdated.