Walking your dog is an important part of raising a dog. Not only is walking good for exercise, but it also gives you time to bond with your pet. Walks also give your dog a breath of fresh air. If your dog seems bored and restless, a walk might do the trick.
As simple as walking a dog may look like, it might not be as easy as you would imagine if you are not prepared. How exactly do you walk a dog? Is there a proper way to do it? The Spruce Pets has walk your dog tips and answers for you.
First thing you would need to do is to prepare for walking. This is a simple thing to do but is usually forgotten. Whenever you forget to prepare to walk your dog, chances are you will never be able to walk your dog for that certain day. It’s important to establish a regular schedule to do so.
You will need to prepare an appropriate leash for your dog, something that is comfortable for both of you – easy to handle and not too long. Four to six feet is an ideal length.
Ideally, your dog should walk at your side. They should not be walking more than a few feet ahead of you because this will prevent you from having control if a distraction comes along. It is also advisable to use a harness rather than a collar. Harnesses redirect any straining onto the dog’s shoulders and chest, not to his neck. It also gives you greater control over your dog and is usually more comfortable for a dog to wear when on a leash.
Also, you should always bring poop bags when going outside. Not only is it important to walk your dog but to be a responsible dog owner when doing so. It is essential etiquette to keep your dog’s mess so that no one gets to step on it!
You must also be firm with your dog. You are the owner. You should be the one walking your dog, not the other way around. Do not let him wander into private lots and run berserk.
Another important tip to remember: have fun! Walking should not be seen as a chore, but quality time with your dog. Show your pet that you are excited about getting some exercise and bonding with them.