Walking your dog can be a great time for you to relax and
bond with your dog. It also can be a cold and wet chore.
In this article we will cover some tips
solutions and rules of the road.
Walking your dog is a very necessary activity
for many pet owners especially those living in cities. The first thing we would
like to explore is the possibility that you do not have to walk your dog every
day. The best case scenario for both the dog and the dog owner is the ability
for the dog to walk itself. This can only be accomplished with a dog door
leading to a fenced yard. In some cases you'll need to get very creative to
accomplish this but it is well worth the effort. In other cases it will be
There are two primary reasons for walking your
dog. The first is to allow your dog to use the bathroom and the second is
exercise. When allowing your dog to use the bathroom be very mindful of where
they go and of course always pick up the solid waste. There are numerous
products that make this task far less unpleasant than it used to be. You should
be very sure that your dog is not using landscaping as a bathroom. When you
first get your dog or moved to a new area you should scout out the neighborhood
to find the best areas for walking. Many apartment complexes and residential
areas have designated areas that should always be used.
You should also be aware of the rules of the road when
walking your dog. While you may know that your dog is the most wonderful,
friendly, happy creature on this planet others do not. Some even have phobias of
dogs. Even people that praise your dog and say hello may still be uncomfortable
with a physical visit. Please follow the following simple rules of the road:
Always step to the side
of the road path or sidewalk when encountering someone else on your walk. If
it is another person or people, step off far enough so that your dog can not
come in contact with this person. If it is another dog, step off 6 to 10
feet if possible.
Never allow your dog to
approach another person unless you have permission to do so. If someone
would like to meet your dog, have your dog sit and remain calm during the
visit. Never allow your dog to jump up on another person.
When introducing your dog
to another person explain its temperament. I.e. "he is still a puppy so he
has a lot of energy" or "he really likes the lick but he is very sweet".
Only allow your dog to
meet another dog if both pet owners have agreed to do so.
Remember that you are
an ambassador for all pet owners you are in public with your dog. As people
consider whether to bring a dog into their family is the behavior they have seen
that will lead them to their decision.
The second topic is
exercise. Each dog requires a different amount of exercise but it is almost
always more than the average pet owner believes is sufficient. High-energy
breeds need a great deal of exercise every day whereas other breeds may just
require a good walk. Generally a slow walk each day is not enough exercise for
any dog. Small, low energy, breeds may get sufficient exercise in the home when
playing with a ball or other activities. Others will need an hour or more of
high-intensity exercise every day.
You should consult
with your veterinarian and decide how much exercise your dog should receive