We’ve got 7 dog walking tips for the last day of National Walk Your Dog Week for you today. This week happens every year on October first and lasts for seven days. We all love to walk and so does our Mom, but some things do help to make our walks for fun and safe for everyone.
7 Dog Walking Tips
1. Grab The Right Leash
What kind of leash is right for your dog and the place you plan to walk? We are huge fans of the bungee leashes. We have regular ones as well as the hands-free bungee leash. They all work great in pretty much any area. A regular four or six foot leash is also a good choice if your dog isn’t one to lunge and pull much. Flexi leashes are fine if you are away from others and the space isn’t crowded. We used them for a long time but Mom finds our other leashes better these days.
2. Collar Or Harness Which Is Right For Your Dog
A harness will not stop a dog from pulling, but it will make a dog who pulls safer. If your dog pulls and is attached to the leash at the collar, the pulling can end up causing neck damage to your dog. Mom could care less about a well behaved walking dog, so we all wear a harness. The harnesses allow us to pull without injuring ourselves and we can’t slip out of it like we can in a collar. Usually around the time we turn three or so we stop pulling so much anyway. There are a lot of harnesses to choose from, so research which one would be best for your dog.
3. Glow Collars For Walking In The Dark
The days are getting shorter which means we are ending up walking in the dark quite often in the morning. It is important to be seen by cars, especially early in the morning. So many drivers are still not really awake and are not paying attention. Slipping a glow collar around your pup’s neck will help her be seen. Most glow collars are rechargeable and all you need to do is slip it over your dog’s neck and hit the road.
4. Always Bring Your Phone
Mom never likes to bring her phone on walks or runs. She claims it is too big and it is just a hassle. When she broke her ankle she and Bailie had to walk half a mile home on her broken ankle because she didn’t have her phone, but she didn’t learn. For some reason in July she grabbed her phone as she left on her walk with Bailie and it saved her life. She had her heart attack that morning and would never had made it home on her own. You never know what can happen to you or your dog and there is no excuse to not have a phone with you. If you don’t have a pocket, use a fanny pack or an arm band to hold it. We know first paw that having the phone with you can save your life.
5. Don’t Forget The Poop Bags
Remember to always pick up after your dog, even if you are in the woods. Cleaning up after your dog is part of being a good citizen. We have poop bags on our leashes, in Mom’s pockets, and in our car all the time. At home we order rolls of six hundred so we don’t have to worry about running out.
6. Change Up Your Walking Routes
Don’t walk the same route day in and day out. We change up our routes every day because not only do we get bored, but Mom gets bored. Sometimes we do our walks in the reverse direction which means the other side of the street which also makes things more interesting. Variety is the spice of life!
7. Be A Good Neighbor
Don’t let your dog pee on all the stuff people have in their yards. Anything you think people will be touching should not be peed upon. Mailboxes are also not trees as they need to be maintained and the urine destroys the wood over time. Use your doggy manners and hold it until you get to the park or a place more suitable.
Happy walking to everyone! Walks are something to be thankful for and we sure do enjoy ours!
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