Dog owners understand how important it is to walk their dog at least once a day, but studies have shown that as many as 20% of them don’t walk their dogs every day.
Here are some tips that can make dog walking more enjoyable for you and your companion.
1. Use a Front Clip Harness to Help Limit Pulling
If your dog constantly pulls on his or her leash, try to use a front clip harness. Dog collars and harnesses that clip on the back of the collar can actually cause dogs to pull more, but on the front they can actually prevent this from happening.
2. Allow Your Dog to Sniff
Dogs need to get out and walk for more than exercise; walks are also important for mental stimulation. The key to this is to allow your dogs to sniff. While you don’t have to stop every minute for your dog to sniff every object, letting them sniff can help them absorb their environment and stimulate their minds with the information that different scents provide.
3. Avoid Retractable Leashes
They may seem more convenient than traditional leashes, but retractable leashes actually present more hazards. The length can make it difficult to control your dog in areas with high vehicle traffic, putting your dog at risk of running into the streets and getting hurt.
These leashes can also cause injuries to both dogs and their owners, as they can cause a sudden jerk when the leash’s end is reached that results in the owner falling over and potential injuries to the dog by choking them.
4. Always Pick Up Dog Poop
It’s important for dog owners to pick up their dogs’ poop, as it’s more than about being a good neighbor. Dog poop that isn’t picked up can present a health hazard to both humans and pets, containing pathogens such as E. coli, hookworms, and salmonella that pets may ingest or may get into the water supply.
5. Make Sure Your Dog Has Plenty of Water
If you’re going on a longer walk with your dog, bring a good amount of water with you, even if the weather isn’t too hot. Dogs have a more difficult time regulating temperature, making it easier for them to overheat. They can become dehydrated throughout the course of the walk, panting throughout.
6. Make Sure Your Dog Has Proper Identification
Whenever you leave the home with your dog, make sure that they’re wearing ID tags in case they get lost. Microchips are even better than tags, with virtually no chance of losing them. With proper identification, you are much more likely to be reunited with your dog soon enough. Otherwise, your dog could be at risk of being lost longer or even wind up being taken by animal control.
With these tips in mind, you and your dog can enjoy a safe and relaxing walk every day while ensuring your dog stays happy and healthy. You’ll also likely be more inclined to go on more frequent walks.