What is the Correct Way to Walk your Dog?

You would think that walking a dog is simple. But there are actually a number of things you should be doing to ensure this activity is safe and that you and your dog are getting the maximum benefit out of it. Are you walking your dog properly? Keep reading for information on how it should be done.

Who leads?

You should always walk in front of your dog and not vice versa. If you allow your dog to walk you, they will think they are in charge. If this is allowed to carry on, you could end up dealing with behavioral problems from your pet who believes he is top dog.

The leash

A short leash should be used when you are walking in a busy area such as a high street. A short leash will also make it easier to control your dog if he is attempting to walk in front of you. When you are in a large open and safe space, like a park, a longer leash will be appropriate.

The length of the walk

Walking is the best way to expel all that energy your dog has so they don’t take it out on your home. The number and length of walks required will depend on the breed of your dog. It is important that you do your research to make sure you are walking your dog enough. Don’t think because you have a small dog that they don’t need much activity. Every dog, regardless of breed and size requires at least one walk a day.

The quality of the walk

Walking your dog to the park and back is not always enough. Regularly you need to mix the route up and involve some exciting activities, like fetch games, to keep your dog stimulated.

Being involved

Many dog owners are not engaged in the activity when walking their dog. It’s important that you talk to them and look at them to make it more of an enjoyable experience for you both. You should use your walks as a chance to keep an eye on your dog’s gait and level of activity, especially if they are older. Osteoarthritis is common in older dogs. If you notice a stiff gait or decreased level of activity, your vet may prescribe a treatment like Metacam.

Sniff time

Some dog owners get impatient when their dog stops to sniff something while out on a walk. This is a natural instinct. It is through their sense of smell that they develop their knowledge of the world. It can be frustrating to stop and start all the time, so allocate some time during your walk just for sniffing and investigating. Once the time is up, move on. If you do this on every walk, your dog will soon stick to this routine.

Walking your dog may seem like a no-brainer. However, if you want your dog and yourself to get the most out of the activity and to ensure that it is safe, there are certain habits you should incorporate into your walks.

Happy dog walking!

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