Walking Your Dog: Dos & Dont's

Taking your dog for regular walks provides more than just the necessary exercise to keep your dog in good shape. It is also a great way to bond with your animal and gives your dog the opportunity to follow their instincts with a variety of sensory stimulations that they may not get the chance to experience at home. However, it is important to make sure that your dog gets the most out of its regular walks by taking into consideration a few safety guidelines. 

Before you venture out to walk your dog make certain your dog has identification affixed to their collar or harness in case they manage to make a run for it. Consider bringing water and a water bowl. Have a few spare poop bags in case your dog decides to go more than once. And carry your cell phone too, in case there’s an emergency.

Walking your dog off leash is illegal in most places and dangerous. No owner is ever 100% in control of their dog and walking your dog off leash invites problems. The only time your dog should be off leash is in an enclosed designated dog park or your fenced yard.

Another consideration is interactions with other dogs and their owners that you may encounter while out for a walk. If your dog is leash reactive, avoid saying hi to other dogs. If an off-leash dog approaches you, the best thing to do is to remain calm. If their owner is near, politely ask them to re leash their dog.

If your dog needs additional training, consult an expert who can assist you with basic commands and proper leash etiquette. If you need a bit more control over your dog, consider a martingale collar and/or an over-the-body harness.

Frequent walks with your beloved dog can be beneficial for both human and pet. Most dogs need a combination of mental and physical stimulation to help keep them from going crazy in your house and the added exercise is great for your heart.

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