This past weekend I saw lots of folks out enjoying a walk with their dog. The snow has melted, the salt has rinsed away and it was finally above 45 degrees! Actually, I think I saw more dogs enjoying the walks than humans enjoying walks. It seems lot of dogs had pent up energy and had forgotten to walk nicely.
There are a number of things we should consider as we get back to our regular dog walking routine:
Do you have a 2018 dog tag on your dog’s collar?
Have you checked your walking equipment? Make sure the collar fits and the leash is not worn thin. If you use a retractable leash, check the entire length to make sure it’s not frayed.
Is it time for new walking equipment? Should you consider a harness, Gentle Leader or Halti?
Are there “mean” dogs on your walking route? You might want to get a can of PetSafe SprayShield. It’s a citronella spray that distracts an attacking dog.
Here are some other tips for walking your dog correctly from #GregKnowsDogs:
- Never let your dog walk in front of you so you will be viewed as the pack leader.
- Using a 6’ leash allows you better control of your dog.
- Let your dog explore and sniff around.
- Always pick up your dog poop.
- Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dog.
- Watch out for ice in the winter (and salt) and hot pavements in the summer.
- Wear reflective gear if you are walking your dog at night.
I recommend walks to heel, not just a walk with minimal pulling. Call me at 614-859-0612 if you need help getting your pooch to walk nicely by your side. I also recommend you start with short, focused walks as you get back into your routine. Happy trails and tails!