The Beginners Guide To Dog Walking
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Taking your furry friend out for a walk should be a relaxing activity that allows your pup to run around, socialise and bond with you. However, if you're new to dog ownership, it can seem like a daunting task.
Just because walking your dog is a fun activity, does not mean it shouldn't be taken seriously. Many people are unsure of how to look after their dog on a walk and don't have the proper equipment. To best look after your dog, you need to know about the walking accessories you should take, which dog leads and dog harnesses are best for your pup and how to train your dog to behave around other owners and pets. Luckily, all of these things are simple and easy to learn, so don't panic if you are unsure of the best dog walking practices.
Here is an easy to follow beginners guide for all your dog walking needs.
Dog Walking Tips
Training is one of the first things you should consider when taking your dog for a walk. Most dogs are good-natured, but they still need some training to ensure they behave well around other pets and owners.
The best way to train your dog to walk to heel, return on command or stop and sit before crossing a road is by using high-value treats. Dogs are led by their stomachs, so they are far more likely to have the motivation to learn when they're offered something tasty. It is particularly important to do this type of training before allowing your pup to walk off lead.
Choosing between all the different varieties of dog collars may seem confusing at first. However, for most dogs, flat dog collars, such as the Salt Dog Studios Camper Van Collar or Barbour Leather Dog Collar work perfectly.
Although, if you regularly take your furry friend to the beach and their collar is likely to come into contact with salty water, it is worth considering purchasing a hemp collar. Hemp collars, like the Salt Dog Studios Hemp Collar, are less likely to be damaged by salt.
Some dogs pull more than others, so if your pup is particularly excitable, it may be worth buying a harness rather than a collar. Dog harnesses ensure that no pressure is applied to the neck when your dog pulls on the lead, so they are less likely to injure themselves.
Dog harnesses are also great for short-nosed dog breeds like pugs or breeds that have narrow heads in proportion to their necks like greyhounds.
Having a dog lead is one of the best ways to keep your dog safe on a walk, particularly when crossing roads. So, you must invest in the best type of lead for your dog's needs.
To keep your dog close and under tight control, short leads like the Halti Dog Lead are best. However, if you would like to give your dog some more freedom, a Doodlebone Rambler Retractable Dog Lead is probably the best option.
The most important thing to remember when walking your dog, is to cater your behaviour, decisions and walking accessories to their individual needs, no-one knows your dog better than you.