Walking the Dog: Tips to Make It Safe and Fun
Dogs are happier and healthier when they get the right amount of exercise, but not all dogs do well on walks. It’s National Walk Your Dog Week, and to celebrate, we put together some of our expert tips and tricks to keep walks safe and fun.
Keep Your Dog on the Right Path
Be Hard to Miss
When the daylight hours begin to dwindle, invest in some bright and/or reflective outdoor gear for your dog (and for yourself) to keep you both visible to passing traffic.
Train Your Dog Not to Chase
Help Your Dog Remain Calm
In addition to chasing, your dog might be so excited to be out for a walk that he can't help but bark. He might also just want attention or be anxious about something he sees or hears. A head halter or front-clip harness may help you maintain better control. Also, practicing basic commands like "sit," "heel" and "stay" in a calm, quiet environment (such as your home or backyard) can prepare the dog to obey commands while out on a walk.
Trying to navigate a panoply of pooches can be a challenge. When walking more than one dog, first be sure they're not in the habit of chewing and tugging at their leashes. Work with each dog separately before trying to walk them together, and train them to walk with a loose leash. Finally, make sure your dog is leashed properly and that you're holding the leash correctly as well.
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