This article is why everyday people walk dogs.I gave up my corporate career and became a dog walker because of dogs. Not the money and fame of course.
In my travels I meet many people with many different view about what is perfect dog walking, the best parks and the optimum number of walks per day.
You see, when you get into the full swing of walking dogs regularly, its becomes about the details. So many of these people are in a polar opposite view of the dog world from every other owner, it is ridiculous. But that is just people being people. People can squabble over anything, but the one thing that all of the regular dog owners have in common is that they walk their dogs regularly, for the dogs health, and a side benefit of their own mental and physical health.
This doesn't make people who walk dogs for leisure or a living perfect, but they are so into understanding what their dog needs, that it become second nature, regardless of the weather.
So much so that walking with these people and taking my dog for his two walks per day has also just become a lifestyle for me. Time spent with my dog takes time away from the pub, or restaurant, or Pokemon, but I am happy to do that. It is no longer a sacrifice, it is what I do, how it defines me and my dog.
And at the end of all of this, I have the lovely walks in nature, with a wide variety of dogs and dog owners I can converse with. The dog park, is my 'golf course' without any of that annoying looking for golf balls in the rough. Walking a dog in an off lead dog park doesn't spoil my walk, it enhances it.
so even in winter, when the rain is coming down, and the chill is in the air (in the southern states in Australia), I take a quick mind check to why I do this every day, and have to sometimes remind myself that its actually for my dog and not myself !
The worst thing is seeing people drag a dog around with a glum expression on their face saying that its their son or daughters dog. They are doing it begrudgingly and the dog knows the walker doesn't want to be there. They are sapping all joy from the atmosphere and the experience. Dogs are very good at picking up on facial expressions and body language and the last thing a dog needs (besides not going to a park) is having someone there that is making the dog feel sad. So people all I can say, is suck it up and enjoy life. Your dog and your doctor will thank you for it.