5 Tips for success when walking your dog!
1) Be prepared
Make sure you have everything you need for a walk before you set out e.g. poo bags, treats, lead. You might want to invest in a belt or bag to store all the bits and pieces!
2) Teach a recall
A recall is probably the most important thing to teach your dog, especially if you let them off the lead when you go for a walk. A solid recall can help to get your dog out of a potentially dangerous situation, and gives the peace of mind to enjoy your walks together.
3) Know your dog
If your dog doesn’t like other dogs then it’s probably best not to let them off the leash in a park where you know lots of other dogs are going to be around. Equally if you know they like to chase bikes or runners, don’t present them as a temptation for your dog.
4) Work on your challenges
If you know your dog has some of the issues mentioned e.g. unreliable recall, worried about other dogs or chase driven, take steps to remedy this! It is never too late to teach your dog skills like these which will make your walks much more enjoyable.
5) Change it up
Try to walk your dog in different places – maybe the beach one day, the park the next. This will help to make sure your dog doesn’t become inflexible and stuck in their routine and therefore worried when this changes. It’s also good for you to break the routine and keep things interesting!
About the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!