There’s nothing quite as satisfying as an enjoyable dog walk in the fresh air, whether it’s for a stroll down the road or venturing a little further in the countryside. Most of us appreciate the exercise and while it doesn’t cost anything at all, there are many benefits to it. Every dog owner should know that a dog needs at least one decent walk a day and with the right kind of training, it will always be enjoyable for both of you. So in this blog, we take a look at some top tips for a beneficial dog walk!
10. Consider Your Dog’s Age
Whatever the age or breed of your dog, it is important that they have at least one lengthy walk a day. This is particularly important for older dogs as they tend to be lazier around the home. Puppies need less exercise as too much will damage their joints in later life.
9. Don’t Exercise On A Full Stomach
Don’t take a dog out for a walk after just eating as this may cause bloating. Especially with puppies, it is important to allow for digestion before walking.
8. Make A Day Of It
Who said walking the dog needs to be a chore? A run around the garden is not a substitute for a walk, so plan a pleasant trip to the countryside and take other family members with you for a more entertaining walk with your dog.
7. Walk In Front Of Your Dog & Keep Leading
When on the walk, make sure you are in control of your dog so that they walk either beside you or behind you. You can also keep better control with a shorter leash. Remember it is you who is walking the dog, not the dog walking you.
6. Reward Your Dog
You can reward your dog either on the walk, or after. When it is safe to do so, you should allow your dog to run freely and sniff around. Afterwards, it may be a good idea to provide a meal so that they feel they have ‘earnt’ food and water.
5. Take A Pedometer
Keep track of the amount of steps you are taking and you may be surprised at the amount of exercise you gain when walking a dog.
4. Take Bags
Always take bags with you so you can clear your dog’s mess safely. This ensures a friendly and clean environment for other dog walkers and passers by.
3. Wear Appropriate Clothing
There’s nothing worse than walking in the rain and forgetting your coat or umbrella and ruining your clothes. Always wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear for any weather.
2. Countryside Code
As protection for your pet and the environment, you should familiarise yourself with the Countryside Code. This includes disposing of your dog’s mess and ensuring they wear a collar with an identification tag.
1. Train To Recall
With so many distractions, you need to be confident that your dog will return to you when you call for them. This is particularly important to start teaching from a young age so that they can learn to recognise your voice.
Dog walking doesn’t have to be a tedious daily task, it can be a great bonding time for both of you. We hope that these tips will help to ensure your walks are always enjoyable!