Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. It is essential that your dog gets exercise everyday for health!
In this week's blog we are focusing on 4 things to remember when taking your pup for a walk!
Tips For A Comfortable Walk
When taking your pup for a walk it is natural that they are going to want to explore the environment. This may mean that they tug on the lead to sniff something or explore new surroundings. This constant tugging can get frustrating however it's important not to jerk the lead back or scream 'NO'. The best way to fix this problem is to stand still if they pull and then reward them if they return to your side. They then associate a loose lead and no pulling with a reward.
Hot and Cold Pavements
Beware of hot and cold surfaces. In Australia, the main concern is obviously hot surfaces. The best way to test if a surface might be too hot is the five second rule. Place the back of your hand on the surface and if after 5 seconds it's too hot, it is too hot for your dog! Such things as Dog Protective Socks can help with this (available in our shop)!
For those that live outside Australia, in colder regions, you need to make sure of the opposite especially for breeds that are not made for the cold weather!
Make Sure Your Pup Does Not Eat Immediately After Or Before A Walk
This can cause problems such as bloat. This can be very dangerous for deep-chested dogs such as Great Danes, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and Standard poodles etc
Taking Your Dog Off The Lead
Off-lead walking is very healthy for your dog, we suggest this wherever possible! During this, your dog can self regulate their own exercise and go at their own pace!
This should be done in a safe environment such as a dog park or designated back yard.
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The Pampered Pet Team