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General tips for walking dogs

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

Taking your dog for a walk can certainly be one of the highlights of their day.

Dogs are genetically not lazy and enjoy and a good walk, it gives them the chance to experience different sights, smells and sounds that they don’t get hanging around the house. Of course the benefit of exercise, mental stimulation and honing their social skills are equally enjoyed too.

There are a few things that we must take into consideration when taking our furry friends out on a walk:

  • Take your pets age into consideration, if they are still young then make sure that you are not allowing them to be over exercised which can cause damage to their joints. A 15-minute walk at their own pace is probably sufficient until they are fully grown. Your much older dog is likely to enjoy a shorter and less strenuous walk too.

  • The breed should also play a part in the walks you take. Some dogs will need 1 – 2 hours of exercise a day; working dogs will enjoy a longer and more strenuous walk than most. They need it too.

  • Take care not to walk your doggo when it is too hot. It’s generally safe to walk your dog in temperatures up to 19 Degrees. Anything hotter can be dangerous and cause heat stroke.

  • Remember to feel the grounds temperature with your hand, if it's too hot for you to keep your hand on or if you can feel it's over the comfortable temperature thresh-hold it'll be too hot for your doggos feet.

  • Always have a suitable leash on hand, there are times your dog may be allowed off leash, but manage the situation.

  • Not all dogs are dog-friendly, and some leash greetings can be awkward, so if there are others out for a walk rather ask the question before approaching what could be a reactive dog.

  • Take a few treats along with you, doing a bit of training whilst on the walk is a good idea. They can also be great for keeping your dog’s focus when facing distractions.

  • Allow your pooch to sniff, it’s an important part of the experience.

  • Be present with them, don’t zone out during the walk.

  • Don’t always walk the same route, like us humans, dogs can get bored too.

  • Don’t walk your dog straight after a meal as this can cause bloating. Wait at least 2 hours after a meal before heading out.

  • Take a water bottle and stop for water breaks, especially if you are out on a long walk, but don’t let your dog gulp too much, just enough to quench the thirst, or bloating can occur.

  • Remember to take along the important Poop Bags to collect anything your dog drops along the way.

We hope these tips help you with taking your loved fur kids for a walk this summer.

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