I thought walking a dog is a simple thing. Then I read this article by Chris Miksen on The Nest, and realize there were points I had not thought of before.
Some of those points Chris offers are
- How to train your dog from pulling you
- Learn what your dog dislike and stay away from them. For example, shadow, large objects.
- Bring water to keep your dog hydrated.
- What kind of leash to use
- Keep off people’s lawns because there could be chemicals that are harmful to your dog.
- Keep off pavement in the summer and sidewalks that are treated in winter because they could hurt your dog’s paws
- If you walk at night, dress yourself AND your dog in bright colors, reflective clothing or items.
Here is an excerpt:
Steering clear of anything that makes your dog react negatively makes the walk safer for you and your pup. For example, if your canine friend is dog-aggressive, turn around or walk the other way when you see a dog in the distance. If he’s scared of shadows, don’t walk under trees or next to large objects.
Bringing water with you on your walk means your dog won’t suffer from dehydration…Ration the water so that there’s plenty for the entire walk.
If you see your pup limping, or if he appears injured, stop the walk.
Parks and fields make for the best walking areas, because they are plenty of space and areas for your dog to exercise his legs. Sidewalks near roadways aren’t a good idea unless you have nowhere else to walk your pup. Cars can spook some dogs, and you’re more likely to encounter glass and other sharp objects near roads.
You can read the entire article here.
Article source: The Nest
Image source: Kirt Edblom on Flickr.com