Walks are a great way to bond with your pet and show them the outside world. Just like us, dogs are curious and need mental stimulation. Imagine if you only ever saw the four walls of your home, how boring would that be! Dogs enjoy being outside and taking them on a walk is the best way to help them get some exercise. So how to do it?
First of all, find the appropriate equipment. Should you get a harness, or a collar? If your dog tends to pull a lot, most people will recommend a harness, so that the dog does not hurt her neck in the process of pulling. However, a regular body harness may actually encourage pulling. Find a no-pull harness if you always have this problem with your dog. Do not use a choke collar or a prong collar, unless you are under the guidance of a Professional Dog Trainer. Remember the walk should be a fun, bonding experience, not a painful one.
The best time for a walk is first thing in the morning, because dogs are diurnal just like humans. This is when they have the most energy and will enjoy the walk the most. Another good time to walk is at night to get them tired before bed. Remember to reward your dog after a good walk with a treat or a small meal. This will make them enjoy walking with you even more!
Stay off the grass and flower beds. Your dog can wreak havoc on your neighbor’s lawn, which will not endear you much to them. More importantly, lawns and flowerbeds are often full of dangerous pesticides that can cause problems for your furry friend. Popular spring bulb plants like tulips and daffodils add much to our landscape, but they can cause significant stomach problems for our furry friends. Keep them safe and off the flower beds!