Taking the dog for a walk - For new and old dog lovers
We would think that this issue has already been discussed so many times that dog owners don't want to hear about it. However, the other day when I was taking the walk with my dog, a defect caught my attention, and I knew that talking about safe and proper dog walking is highly important. To make the activity pleasant both for the owner and their doggie, it is necessary to observe some written and unwritten rules.
Getting what is needed for a proper walk - or getting lost in the maze of collars, leashes and harnesses
Before buying a puppy you need to search for the right equipment which is essential if you want to be a responsible owner.
When talking about a collar its design is not the most important thing. A Westie wouldn't look very handsome with a white collar for sure, but comfort gets priority. If it is a 10-12 week old puppy you can put a textile or leather collar in their neck,
but make sure you get the right size for your dog.
Sometimes we can see owners who don't really succeed in walking the dog and they rather follow the pet wherever it wants to go. The solution to this phenomenon is the usage of harness. It's not always the puppies that make the owner run the marathon. There are breeds that just stay forever young like the English Cocker Spaniel which will not make a fuss about getting its own neck hurt by the collar while tugging the beloved owner through the park. Besides the safety it provides, a harness can be a great help in teaching "how to walk with your human" for dogs from step to step. More about harnesses here.
At last but not least we must talk a bit about leashes too. There are plenty kinds of leashes and a fresh owner may feel lost when looking from one leash to other then to another. When choosing one you need to take account of the size and weight of the dog. An automatic flexi leash for instance will perfectly work with small and medium sized dogs, as the lenght of this flexi leash will let them run more freely than traditional ones.
In the phase of learning
A dog can learn a lot of things but love and reward is essential in the process. If our doggie feels uncomfortable when the leahs has been put on, then you should relax it with stroking or a piece of treat and it won't look like a dangerous thing anymore.
If we think about the amount of stimulus that gets to our eyes, nose and ears when walking in the streets, then it's not hard
to admit that our dog with its sophisticated sense organs can go a bit "crazy" and just run. One of the first tasks is to teach
the dog to wait calmly while you are locking the door.
Having learnt the proper style of walking - so to say not running after each and every smell, noise and postman - you may get to the next level with the dog: socializing. It is wiser to make your dog socialize with other ones by meeting a friend with
their dog and not getting the doggie to a park full of dogs and their unkonwn owners. A leash can help you to get your
pet to the real world but don't make it tight or else your dog may get stressed and you won't be successful in socializing. When your senses tell you that the doggie is relaxed and happy when walking, then it's time to go for a run with it.
The importance of awareness
Finally let's see some rules - or rather pieces of advice - to make the walking safe:
- don't take your dog to dangerous places
- if you take the dog next to a lake or to the woods then don't let it walk without a leash, unless you're sure it will come back when you tell it so
- you should never take off the leash in festivals, and in events like this always avoid crowded places which could be a danger for the doggie
- it is not the right time to send cute stickers in messenger when walking your dog - they need your full attention
- if your dog tends to be agressive with other dogs or people, then put a muzzle on it
- we are obliged to clean the faeces up after our dog voided, so don't be lazy to pick it up and put it to trash can nearby (for that you will need plastic bags)