Respect the Walk is a campaign to change public perspective of how a walk with a dog should look. Because how it looks is a reflection of the relationship between the dog and handler. When the dog is in front, he’s in the lead position physically and mentally. We're used to seeing the dog in front. Most people walk their dogs this way and why not? It's what we see on TV and movies, print ads, commercials, signs at the dog park and dog trails, signs that tell you to pick up your poop and most professional dog walkers! A dog in front knows his job there is to make decisions and protect his pack. This is where many undesirable behaviors, like leash aggression, come from.
When you take the lead on the walk, you take that job away from your dog and allow her to follow knowing that you have everything under control. You are there to make those decisions and protect her which makes her feel calm and comfortable. This reflects a relationship of trust and respect.
Respect The Walk apparel and merchandise is here to help change perspective of this simple act of walking a dog. By seeing representation of a balanced relationship, we can shift public perspective and gain control of unwanted dog behavior. It's not going to fix all the problems but change starts with your mind. With your help, we can spread this message across the world! When you wear or display your Respect The Walk merchandise, you have an opportunity to teach people without even talking to them. Our subconscious is powerful and when people realize their walk doesn't look like the picture in their mind, they'll think about how they can change to match that picture.
Currently, all proceeds go towards Trots Dogs opening a training facility with supplemental daycare and boarding in Long Beach, CA. So that once people know what they want, we can give them the tools, technique and support to put them in the lead and have a balanced, happy relationship with their dogs as well as maintain the good behavior while they're away at work or on vacation.
Online shop coming soon. Plus, we have so much more in store for you so stay tuned!