Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

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Owning a dog is great for both your fitness and your dogs’ overall health.  Going on daily dog walks also provide an excellent opportunity for you to bond together

As well as following some general dog etiquette when out on walks, the following dog walking tips will help make your dog walks  easier and less stressful

Harnesses

There are a variety of harnesses around from string vest type ones to harnesses that look like flat jackets.  Some of these encourage pulling in my view

Using either a Mekuti balance harness or a harness with the clip on the front (and back) are in my view the best harnesses to use and make a difference especially to dogs that like to pull.

It is essential to remember that just using a front harness won’t solve everything.  Dogs are like babies and still need to be taught how to walk beside you without pulling.  It is a good idea to look at puppy training classes.

This article by chasing dog tales is excellent.

Let Your Dog Sniff Around for Mental Stimulation

Dogs look forward to going out, and it is not just for physical exercise.  It is also a chance to explore the outside world.  So in order to provide a quality dog walk please allow then some sniffing time

No one wants their dog stopping every few seconds while the dog sniffs the neighbors garden, the lamp post that blad of grass the forgot etc.  Decide when it is safe ad appropriate for your dog to have a sniff and check the wee-mail and allow them to do so.  Over time you could use the que “go smell” or something

Sniffing all those scents and smells (wee-mail) provides your dog information as to what is happening on in the world  outside as well as  stimulation.  This is the equivalent to you checking your email..

A great thing about a good ‘sniffer’ walk is that it can be just as tiring id not more tiring than just waking dog around the block with no sniffs and mental stimulation

A lot of dog owners look at dog walks in terms of a chance for a comfort break and stretching their legs.  This is not so.  The mental side of dog walks that sniffing provides can make a difference

Retractable leads in my view are a BIG no no

As well as the right harness part of the right equipment is the lead.  It is important you read our article on retractible leads to see why I personally do not recommend them

Retractable leads are dangerous due to the injuries they can cause from the thin rope or the mechanism failing etc.  I have seen many people suffer cuts and bruises along with friction burns.

Due to most of these type of leads, it is difficult to maintain control.  Extendable leads are dangerous, especially in areas with high volumes of cars, and they can quickly run run  into the road.  These extractable leads can be very hard to reel in.  I have also found if the dog jerks hard enough the lock on the lock on the lead is erm useless as it will simply unlock.

Generally speaking, I think this type of retractable leads are a terrible choice.  However, they can have their place such as on the beach, letting them out in the garden, especially if your fence is not secure or it is a communial garden  etc.  The important thing to remember id use a regular lead (even a training lead) when walking your dog normally.

Clean up after your dog

As mentioned in our dog walking etiquette article, you must pick up your dog’s mess when out on walks.  Apart from the fact, other people (incl dog owners) don’t want to see your dog mess.  It is also linked to major health issues.

Dog poo can contain harmful bacteria such as roundworm e-coli and can spread to humans as well as animals. sp whilst it is not something you particularly want to do please make sure as a responsible dog owner you pick up

Most supermarket and pet shops, as well as amazon, sell dog poo bags or you could use nappy bags from Tesco or Sainsburys (other supermarkets available).

Whatever you use, make sure you have at least three or four with you on every walks.

Water water everywhere

When ut on dog walks even on chilly days, if you are going to be more than say 45 minutes it is important you bring water with you for both you and the dog.  This will help dehydration

ID tag

Even though your dog should be microchipped it is important they have an ID tag.  You never know what may spook the dog or cause them to bolt.  If someone does find them, they will look at the collar for your number etc.  it is easier than getting to a vet to be scanned.

It should also be noted that in the UK it is a legal requirement

Remember pavements get hot in summer.

This is just one of the many dangers that summer brings.  Pavements especially tarmac, get very hot in the summer.  Place the back of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds.  If it is hot and uncomfortable then it is too hot for your dog

On warm days it is recommended that you walk either early or late when it is cooler. Even missing a dog walk won’t kill them but heatstroke could

Keep Your Dogs Focus By Bringing Along High-Value Treats

Every dog walks contains some kind of distractions. High value treats such as chicken. Sausages will help keep your dog paying attention to you

These high-value treats can be used for distraction techniques sich as touch and  find it

If you don’t wish to buy such treats because you don’t know what is them, consider making your own

Ask Before Approaching Other Dogs

A top dog walking tips for dog walkers to ensure that you staying safe is when out on dog walks, you must ask the owner of any dogs you meet to make sure it is k.  By doing this and not just letting your dog approach uninvited, you can avoid a lot of conflicts.

As a professional dog walker, I also recommend employing the three-second rule

Keep safe and ask before you approach any dog,

Nighttime and winter walking

Once autumn comes, the nights start to get dark, and you will be walking your dog in the dark

It is essential you read our article on  dog walking tips for dark nights,  However in short

  • Wear bright clothes so you can be seen – ideally reflective clothes or jacket
  • Invest in a flashing collar so your dog can be seen
  • Take a torch with you so you can see  to pick up the dog mess
  • Make sure you have a fully charged phone

You may also like our Tips for travelling with a dog.

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