Dog Walking Tips (How To Walk Your Dog). Dogs are adorable. Their loyalty and companionship along with their unbridled love for playing and the outdoor spirit have made dogs one of the best friends a person can ask for. Some of the responsibilities you have as a dog owner is to walk the canine; take it out for regular walks.
- Parks and designated dog-walking locations are excellent places for your dog to gain all the stimulation it needs during walks, especially socializing with other dogs.
- A dog walk is primarily intended to train your pet not to use your home as a restroom but to look forward to these walks. Before long the canine will wait for the walk before it does anything nasty in your living room.
- Let the pet smell around as it pleases. A gentle tug on the walking vest or leash will tell him/her it is time to move on. Because dogs have a tendency to go on smelling particular spots as they create a map in their heads of what each scent at that spot belongs to. Often, it is all new to them. But you do not have that kind of time, so tug gently and continue the walk.
- If your dog is particularly obedient, you can even take off the lead or leash and they will follow you accordingly.
- A canine peeing just a little at irregular intervals is a sign that it is marking territory. It does not mean that the dog has done all its business and that it is time to go home, so stick with the walk.
- Do not let your dog go around garbage bins or other such spots. They are terribly unhealthy and your dog, while the smells are probably new to it, does not deserve to do anything there during its walk.
- In case you live in a place where strays abound, take a solid bamboo stick with you in case your homely and relatively civilized pet has some trouble with the mangy mutts on the streets. You do not want your dog harmed in any way or gathering fleas off of strays’ coats.
- When your dog poops, carry poop bags with you and use them to pick up after your pet. Leaving your dog’s business behind like that is not conducive to a clean environment, especially in city settings. It is a law, do it for the principle of it all, and pick up after your dog.
- The bags can always be dumped at the nearest bin or garbage collection point; no big deal.
It is never a bad idea to train your dog along the way. Sitting, standing, and staying are some common options but you can also have it learn specific words like ‘come’, ‘no’, ‘back’, and so on.
Take treats with you (doggy treats) and reward your pet when it does something right. It will look forward to learning while on walks instead of being all mischievous and rebellious (especially if it is a pup).
Eye contact is crucial to all of this, so make it whenever you are speaking to your pet. Do not look away and command or request something of it and hope that it will learn to respect you. A walk is one of the best exercises your dog can get.