We often get asked, what is the recommended exercise for dogs? We’ve complied a list of recommend ‘walking tips’ to help you this summer.
Walking dogs can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for both you and the dog. Here are some tips to make the most out of your dog walking sessions:
- Use a suitable leash and collar/harness: Choose a leash and collar or harness that is comfortable for your dog. Avoid using retractable leashes, especially if you’re in a busy area, as they can give less control over your dog’s movements.
- Start with short, frequent walks: Especially if your dog is not accustomed to walking on a leash, begin with shorter walks and gradually increase the duration as your dog becomes more comfortable. This will help prevent exhaustion or overexertion.
- Practice leash manners: Teach your dog to walk calmly on a loose leash. Avoid pulling or jerking the leash, as this can cause discomfort and anxiety for your dog. Reward your dog for walking nicely beside you or for paying attention to you during the walk.
- Provide mental and physical stimulation: Dogs not only need physical exercise but also mental stimulation during walks. Allow them to explore their surroundings, sniff, and investigate within safe boundaries. You can also incorporate training exercises or play games like “fetch” to engage their minds.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Stay vigilant and aware of potential hazards such as traffic, other dogs, or dangerous substances on the ground. Be prepared to redirect your dog’s attention or change your route if necessary.
- Clean up after your dog: Always carry waste bags with you and clean up after your dog. It’s important to be a responsible dog owner and keep public areas clean.
- Socialize your dog: Whenever possible, expose your dog to different environments, people, and other dogs to promote socialization. This will help them become more comfortable and well-behaved in various situations.
- Stay consistent: Dogs thrive on routine, so try to establish a consistent walking schedule. Regular walks at the same time each day can help provide structure and maintain your dog’s overall well-being.
- Stay hydrated: Bring water and a collapsible bowl for your dog, especially during hot weather or longer walks. Keep an eye on their energy levels and make sure they have access to water to prevent dehydration.
- Enjoy the experience: Dog walking should be an enjoyable activity for both you and your furry friend. Take the time to bond with your dog, appreciate the outdoors, and have fun together.
Remember that every dog is unique, and it may take time for them to adjust to walking on a leash or to new environments. Patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement are key to successful dog walking.