Tips For Dog Walking Beginners
You just picked up a beautiful baby pooch from the pound or inherited a small litter of puppies from your next-door neighbor: you have some serious leash training to do. What are best practices? What are common mistakes?
First of all, you want to get excellent equipment that’s appropriate for the task.
If you own a large dog, get adjustable leashes appropriate for the size of the animal (and easy for you to use). They will make the training job vastly easier. If you’re on the go a lot – and like to run around your basenji or whippet – get a strong and safe dog running leash.
Bring along equipment to scoop up after the dog.
Especially if you live in a residential neighborhood – and walk your dog around other people’s properties – be mindful of your neighbors. Nothing is worse than heading off to work in high heeled shoes or loafers… only to step in a fresh mound of someone else’s dog’s business. (In other words, dog leash training is not just about your dog – it’s about you, too!)
Find your dog’s natural rhythm.
During the first few weeks, experiment to figure out what’s going to work best not only for your dog but also for you and your schedule. Once you’ve figured out a rhythm that works, stick to that plan. It’s like infant sleep training – your dog needs routine to feel comfortable.
Lastly, give the dog a healthy diet.
Far too many dogs in the Bay Area (and beyond) eat a high carbohydrate, grain or corn-based diet, which can cause the secretion of too much insulin in these canines and lead to development of diseases like obesity, diabetes, and other awful problems. Feed your dogs a diet they evolved to eat, and you will find that walking them (and getting them to do their business) will be much easier. And they will be healthier, happier playmates.
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