As a dog owner, you have to walk it. Walking a dog can be an enjoyable time with it; however, if the dog is obstinate, a thoroughly unpleasant time of day.
When done right, it is even possible to walk a dog without the use of a leash. Here are a few tips to follow that will make this a wonderful time.
Be the “Pack Leader”
Your dog should observe you as the “pack leader” so that you are controlling it during the walk, not it controlling you. Be sure that you are the first to go out the door as well as being the first one going back in.
You can also do this by using a short leash attached to the top of your dog’s neck. This allows you to guide, communicate, and correct it when necessary.
Also, when a walk is over, continue being the leader by having it wait at the end of the walk while you store away the leash and anything else that was used for the walk.
Bring all That is Necessary for a Walk
Have treats, an ID tag, secondary leash, and anything needed. Be sure to have something to drive away any unfriendly dogs or other animals you might encounter during a walk. Also, a travel bowl and water for you and your dog is good to have for a long walk.
Look for Harmful Litter
Since people are prone to littering areas where they have been; look ahead to keep your dog from interacting with something that could cause it harm.
This will not only be good for your dog’s health, but it will also prevent you from having to spend extra money at the vet.
Hire a Dog Walking Company
If you don’t always have time to walk your furry friend yourself, there are plenty of great services that can walk your dog for you.
Use a Front-Clip Harness for “Pullers”
Collars and back-clip harnesses can incite a dog to pull on a leash when you try to control it, whereas a front-clip harness does not. This will not immediately bring perfect obedience to your dog because it will still need to be trained to walk on a leash. Check your pet store for these harnesses or order online.
Wear High-Visibility Clothing
While you are walking your dog, wear bright-colored, easy-to-see clothing. Especially if you are going to be somewhere like a public park or near a road, you will need to do this so that drivers can easily see you.
It is also a good idea to have something like this on your dog so that it too can be easily seen. Also, if the walk takes place at night, wear a light on yourself as well as another on the dog.
Notify Others When Going on a Long Walk in Unfamiliar Territory
If you decide to take your dog to a place you have not been before (and maybe even a place you have been), tell others when you are leaving, approximately when you will return, and when you have returned.
This is for your own safety should something unforeseen happen; so who you have told will know where to look for you and, if necessary, call for help.