Whether you’re a professional or just a beginner, it’s important to master the art of dog walking. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure every walk with your furry pal is one you both enjoy.
1. Walk ahead of your dog
Staying in front of your dog ascertains you as the pack leader. On the contrary if Fido is the one controlling the walk then he considers himself the pack leader. During the walk Fido should either be beside you or behind you, when going in and out of your house ensure you’re first out the door and the first one back in.
2. Opt for a short dog leash
This allows you to remain in control. Attach the lead the to the top of the neck, this way you can guide your dog, communicate easily and correct behavior if need be.
3. Reward your dog
During the walk it’s important to reward Fido for good behavior; you can do this by giving treats or allowing Fido to have a have a sniff around. Rewarding your dog after the walk is equally important, give them water a meal and a toy to play with.
4. Don’t stop
At every bush, wall, bench or lamppost. Dogs especially males, habitually stop to mark their territory. If your dog thinks it can stop whenever he wants it puts him in control of the walk. Decide when it’s ok for Fido to stop.
5. Respect the law
In the UK, its compulsory for your dog to wear a collar and an identification tag with your name and home address. Be a responsible dog owner and set a good example by cleaning up after your dog, you could incur a considerable fine if you don’t.