Humans have a very different concept of walking than dogs. We tend to pick a route along an established path, our pace is mostly brisk, and our eyes are locked ahead. But for our canine friends, it is all about the details and the smells. If you want to make your outdoor adventure stress-free and more fun for both you and your dog, then follow these next tips:
Be Prepared: If you are taking a long walk, especially in hot weather, it's a good idea to bring with you a collapsible water bowl or a pet water bottle. Don't forget to bring treats as well, as walks are a great training opportunity to practice tricks and obedience. And last but not least, bring enough poop bags, you don’t want to get caught without an extra bag, and be that inconsiderate pet owner at the local park.
Use a Harnesses or a Collar: Harnesses work really well on dogs that tend to pull while on leash, as they minimize the risk of throat injuries, especially if your dog is of a smaller size. A regular collar will work fine on a calm or a trained dog. Opt for long leashes with an appropriate width for your dog’s size - the bigger your dog in size, the wider the leash should be.
Be The Leader: One of the most important elements for a good walk is that you have a calm, assertive energy. This means you being fully present for your dog. During the first part of the walk, we recommend that you keep in constant motion. After establishing a good balance of leadership and calm, you can relax a bit and let your dog sniff around or mark his territory.
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