What’s the simplest and most essential form of exercise to keep your dog healthy? Easy – dog walking! This is fun and easy, as well as mutually beneficial activity for you as a pet parent and your dogs, for as long as it’s done right. There are many dog walking tips and tricks that pet parents can learn and engage in, like dog walking etiquette, dog training while walking and dog walking without a leash; and avoid things like walking a dog who pulls! Familiarizing yourself with such will make dog walking a lot more manageable and enjoyable for you and your dog.

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Top 10 dog walking tips and tricks

  1. Get a leash

Dog walking without a leash is not as simple as it looks! Before allowing your dog to run freely and on his own outdoors, you must first introduce your dog to the leash – one of the must-have dog walking accessories! This will teach your dog to cue and prepare to take a walk, just like he runs when you prepare his food.

If you’re already a pro, you probably already have the perfect leash for your furbaby. But for new pet parents, owning a leash is a must. So, what’s the best leash for your furbaby? Here are your options:

Retractable: best for leisurely strolls in parks that are low in traffic. You can manage your furbaby’s distance from you to allow him to explore and return to you when you wish. However, note that retractable leashes give you less control over your furbaby and there is a possibility of your furbaby getting wrapped around leashes of other dogs and entangled in the legs of people and other things in the area.

Chain: This is heavy! If you are walking your furbaby using a chain leash, make sure that your hands will be able to handle its strength. This type of leash is perfect for furbabies who love to tug and bite their leash because it’s strength and durability will discourage them from doing so.

Leather: Light and easy on the hands of pet parents. This is perfect for furbabies who are light and easy to handle when walking. Plus, it’s stylish!

Nylon: Be wary of nylon leashes as some pet parents get cut or burnt when their furbaby decides to do something you never thought he would like lunging, running or tugging! So, this would be difficult when walking a dog who pulls a lot. An advantage of nylon leashes is that they are durable in any type of weather.

  1. Use a collar or a body harness

Dog walking accessories, namely collars or body harnesses, help let your furbaby walk with more ease. The collar is the most basic dog walking accessory, usually worn by every furbaby on a day-to-day basis. It simply goes around the neck, which allows you to attach a leash and a dog tag for identification. While a body harness is also a collar, which extends to the upper body. Unlike the collar, the body harness protects your furbaby from throat damage and prevents the leash from being entangled with other things. A leash may be attached to the body harness closer to the chest, which provides you with more leverage when your furbaby tugs and pulls.

  1. Put a dog tag on

Regardless of the distance and/or the duration of your walk, make sure your dog wears proper identification because plenty of dogs go missing every day. So, whenever you leave your home with your furbaby, ensure that your furbaby wears his ID tag with his name and your contact number. Ever better if your furbaby has a microchip with your contact information registered so that anyone who scans the chip can easily contact you. You wouldn’t want your furbaby to go missing just because no one knew where and to whom he can be returned to. 

  1. Allot enough time

Basic dog walking training will only work if you allot enough time as dog walking entails consistency, time and commitment. Allot enough time in your day to give your dog the right amount of time he needs to go around and complete his business. An hour of walking every day is recommended for every furbaby, but note that this may differ depending on the size, breed and health needs of your furbaby.

  1. Have your dog walk alongside

Training a dog not to pull when walking is not as easy as it sounds! It will take some time for other dogs, so take it easy and be patient. When your furbaby is on his leash, train him to walk alongside or behind you at all times, and not in front of you. This is important because when your dog walks in front of you, he will perceive himself as the pack leader, and not you. Start the walk off right by being the first one to walk out the dog and being the first one in when you get home. Always remember that you are the boss!  

  1. Dog training while walking

Enhance your dog’s physical and mental development by engaging in dog training while walking. Tricks like sit, stand and roll over can be more enticing when taught outdoors instead of at home. Adding fun and kindness in dog training can go a long way!

  1. Bring treats

What better way to get your furbaby’s attention when dog training while walking than with healthy treats! Positive reinforcement is a must in whatever your furbaby does. Going for a walk means there will be distractions left and right, and no matter how much your train and restrain your cute pup, there’s no telling what he could do when he sees something he really wants. When your furbaby knows there are treats around, he’ll make sure to be on his best behavior. After the walk, feel free to reward your furbaby to show that he works hard for his food and water! Remember to choose all-natural or organic pet treats to keep your furbaby healthy too!

  1. Watch out for insects

During the summer time or in humid weather, the threat of ticks and fleas begin to rise once again as well as other bugs. Stick to pet friendly insect repellents because using human insect repellents have DEET, which is toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting, seizures, skin irritations and other neurological problems. If you’re unsure about the insect repellent you are using on your furbaby, consult your local veterinarian.

  1. Socialize your dog

Dog walking tips and tricks includes socializing! Like humans, some dogs are friendly, while some are not. It doesn’t mean that your furbaby is friendly that others will be friendly to him too. Dog walking etiquette includes: asking before approaching other dogs. This is to avoid trouble between the dogs. 

  1. Water

It’s best to carry around a small, clean bowl and water for your furbaby just in case he gets thirsty. Dogs sweat, pant and get dehydrated during walks as they have a harder time regulating their body temperature. Drinking water will help them stay cool and perform more effectively.

 

Conclusion

These top 10 dog walking tips and tricks are here to help make it more fun and enjoyable for you and your furbaby. Say goodbye to walking a dog who pulls or walking a dog without a leash with a fear of your furbaby going crazy for everything around him! Start by making these dog walking tips and tricks into a daily habit and being prepared to simply have a fun during your walks with your furbaby!

 

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