Dog walking is an essential element in regards to caring for your dog. Dogs are meant to be walked at least once a day, the duration of which depends on the breed and activity level. Not only is regular exercise good for your dog, but it can also improve your own health and can be both a fun and enjoyable part of your day.
Need a few pointers? Puppy Leaks have their top ten tips for dog walking;
- Use a front clip harness if your dog pulls on the leash.
- Give your dog more stimulation by letting them sniff around.
- Don’t use a retractable leash for dog walks.
- Always pick up after your dog.
- Bring plenty of water for your dog.
- Make sure your dog is wearing proper identification.
- Watch out for hot surfaces in the summer.
- Keep your dog’s focus by bringing along treats.
- Ask before approaching other dogs.
- Wear reflective gear during evening walks.
6 Top Dog Walking Tips for Becoming the Pack Leader
Dog walking can be an enjoyable experience for both dog and owner but sometimes this just isn’t the case. Need a helping hand with walking your dog? Dog guru Cesar Millan gives his top six tips for becoming the pack leader in dog walking;
1. Walk in front of your dog.
You should be the pack leader, the first one out the door and the first one back in. During a walk, your dog should be beside or behind you.
2. Use a short dog leash.
This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog.
3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.
The specific needs of each dog differ, at least 30 minutes to one hour is recommended.
4. How to reward your dog during the walk.
Reward your dog for good behaviour during a walk by for example letting them explore. The timing of which is not dictated by the dog.
5. Keep leading, even after the walk.
Don’t stop leading once the walk is over, continue leading at home.
6. Reward your dog after the walk.
Reward good behaviour by providing a treat or meal after the walk.
Now that you have the hints and tips from the professionals, there is no excuse not to get out and about with your four-legged companion.
Adding variety to your walking routes can help to make dog walking less of a chore and more of a fun pastime. National parks are always a great place to start and there is also a plethora of dog-friendly places to go. Pet Friendly Ireland lists some interesting dog-friendly visitor attractions around Ireland that include Blarney Castle, Glendalough and Coole Park.
Don’t forget to practice responsible dog ownership wherever your travels take you and pick up after your dog.
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