Dog Walking


Walking your dog

It seems quite simple really the dog needs a walk and off we go.
Firstly consider what sort of lead you require, it is generally accepted that a harness is the kindest and least damaging way of connecting you to your dog but of course the choice is up to the owner. It is most important that whatever you use should be correctly fitted and comfortable for the dog, giving the owner control over the dog. When walking dogs for the RSPCA the dogs have a collar and a harness with the lead connected to both by a clip at both ends of the lead.
What is the weather going to be like during the walk, when the weather is very hot it is good to avoid the middle of the day and to carry water with you. This can be with a bottle and bowl or by one of the combined bottle with built in bowl. In cold weather it may be appropriate to put a coat on the dog, this is more likely on the smaller breeds.
We should also ensure that we have a good stock of poop bags. It is very important that you clean up after your dog, not doing so can spread disease to humans and farm animals. Just because we are out in the country doesn’t mean its ok not to pickup you dogs poop. Being seen not to pick up after your dog will inevitably lead to you getting a bad reputation.
Keep you dog under control. Not everyone is comfortable with dogs and even experienced dog owners may not appreciate being run up to by other peoples dogs. Don’t allow your dog to interact with others without invitation. When approaching others put the dog on the lead or if they have good recall call them back. 100% reliable recall is well worth training into you animal. At Nose2Tail we can support with recall training.
On the walk we should pay attention to what your dog is doing rather than just talking to friends. This has a very practical outcome; keeping your eye open for your dog finding fox poop. If you can stop them rolling in it you will save your self a very smelly dog and a lot of work cleaning them.
Finally when returning home ensure the dog is on a lead as you walk along roads. When arriving home we should check the dogs paws, in the summer and autumn months the ever present dangers of grass seed and thorns in paws can be detected and removed, preventing painful paw infections. Also check you dog for other injuries. If you have access to warm water it’s a good idea to give your dog and a quick wash. Getting the dog used to these routines helps your dog become used to you checking them for injuries.
These processes help gain you respect as a responsible dog owner.