Monday, August 15, 2011

What You Must Know When Walking Your Dogs

By: Ed Gonzalez

It is a must for owners to walk their dogs, because if not your dogs will feel left out and become bored with their life. This can even lead to depression.. Walking your dogs does not mean just putting a leash on your dog and start walking outside. There is much to consider before doing this and you must do the following before taking your dogs on a stroll:

1. Before walking your dogs you must know where you are taking your dogs because some places do not allow dogs . If you are taking them on a walk in your neighborhood that may just be fine. Find out first if they allow dogs to walk in certain places so that it won't cause you the inconvenience of turning back and going home. Do not walk your dogs when it is raining and when it is too hot. You must know if the weather is suitable for walking your dogs.. If the weather won't give you any trouble, then put on a comfortable leash for your dog and start your walk. You must know what kind of collar will be useful for your dogs and your veterinarian can advise you. With the leash you will have definite control of your dog. The leash is so vital when walking your dogs because without it you will have a difficult time walking your dogs. Make sure you know the size of the leash of your dog even if your dog is not with you.. It can prevent further trouble because an unleashed dog can create disturbances and they can fight with other dogs and bite other people. You must bring a camera with you and a medical card issued by your veterinarian in case in case any untoward actions do happen..

2. Bring trash bags or plastic bags so you can clean the mess your dog makes a mess. Having some sheets of paper are also helpful. If you are going on long walks, you must bring a dish water if and when you are going for long walks.. Bring with you a long stick and this is not meant to hit your dogs. You van use this to tap on the ground to remind your dogs that what they are doing is not appropriate. This stick will just remind your dogs of what they can and cannot do. Always make your dogs walk beside you and never in front of you. To be able to make this happen, you must train your dogs. If dogs do make a mistake, correct it right away.

3. Always be aware of things happening around you when you are walking your dogs. Keep in mind if there are safe areas for your dogs to walk. This might be a busy street with cars and trucks. It's always best to take precautionary measures to keep your dogs protected. Always be in control of situations. Owners must lead their dogs to the right path where they can walk. You must also take into consideration the limitations of you dogs on how far they can go and their pacing.. When your dogs are outside and walking they will feel so glad and they will be filled with excitement. You must allow your dog time to discover the outside world. Don't take any chances if you feel your dog is not ready to interact with other people and dogs. If you encounter a fenced area then you can let your dogs run around. Try talking to your dogs because this is the best way they can become closer to you. When your dog starts to pant maybe it is tired and it is time to take a ten minute rest. Before walking during the night, bring a flashlight plus the other paraphernalia you might need. Watch out for animal feces and urine because this can bring about sicknesses. Do not let your dogs go near any kind of garbage and start sniffing stuff, this can be harmful to them in the long run.

4. Walk slowly when you are walking back home. This is the best way to cool your dogs When you are at home, give your dogs water on a bowl. Clean your dog's feet to remove certain particles that your dogs might have acquired from walking.. You and your dogs must relax and rest. During summer time , bring the necessary stuff plus additional water. Walks must be shorter. You must be aware that there are insects and they are so prevalent during this time. Do not go mountain climbing unless your dog can take it. If you are walking on the beach,  be careful of the jellyfish and other sea insects. Wash the feet of your dogs as soon as you get home.


Remington said...

Great post! Things everyone should keep in mind! Thanks!

Becky's Barnyard said...

It's so hot here we don't go on long walks. They walk with me down to the barn to feed horses every night. In the mornings we throw the frisbee a couple of times.

Hoke said...

Thank you for the helpful hints...I'll pass them along to her!!! Well except the washing of my feets!!! the would mean a bath and I hate those:)

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Walks are the highlights of the akhtivities here at Khamp Khyra!

My Golden Khousins won't take their eyes off The Leash Lady - oh wait: MOM!

Thanks fur reminding the others how pawesome walks khan be fur US and fur the humans!

Khyra and The Golden Khousins Merdie and Harley

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Once again, we have to thank you for all your nice comments and visits to our blog. We all love to walk, and this post is so very informative and helpful to dog owners, especially with the hot summer we have had. We didn't walk much in the heat, but we are back to enjoying our daily strolls.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Debora said...

Thanks for the insightful post. Glad you mentioned about not walking when it's too hot. I see lots of kids walking dogs on burning sidewalks--ouch! Also want to comment...we have a new pooch who's very tense about other dogs and people. PLEASE, don't let your off-lead dog approach other dogs unless the owner says it's OK. This has ruined some walks for Koda and me.