Get the right leash
There are no set rules when it comes to leash selection, as it’s all about what feels most comfortable for you and your dog. Flexi-leads are good for when you’re in a park or reserve and there is plenty of space for your dog to play and have fun. However, avoid using it in areas of high foot traffic as the lead can become easily tangled. Both leather and nylon leashes are fairly popular choices as they are comfortable to use, however we’d suggest avoiding metal leads as these are much heavier and can be uncomfortable for your dog.
Whether your dog is continually chasing after local wildlife or they’re are just naturally enthusiastic during their walk, constant pulling on the lead can be stressful for both of you. If your pet is extremely reactive, try to walk them at times where there will be less distractions. Also, to stop the pulling there’s a range of head halter collars available on the market, or you can speak to your local vet about a few helpful techniques to use during your walk.
Get away from the garden
If your little pup goes brown nosing into your neighbour’s gardens, they’re putting themselves at risk when it comes to dangerous lawn and garden products. Insecticides, some mulch products and certain flowers can make your furry friend very sick, so make sure you keep a close eye on them!
Sit before play
While meeting new friends is half the fun when it comes to your dog’s walk, it’s important to make sure they’re not overexcited. Make sure your dog can sit on cue, before letting them play with a passer by – you can even reward them with a treat.
Don’t forget these
When walking your dog, it’s vital you don’t go empty handed. First and foremost, don’t forget your poop bags! Not only is it illegal not to pick after your dog, but you’d be missing a great opportunity to get rid of all those plastic shopping bags. Also, every walk is a training opportunity, so bring a few treats along and practice tricks and obedience in a more open environment – this will help make the walk more enjoyable for the both of you.