How To Safely Walk Your Dog
Most dogs were bred to serve a specific purpose: herd animals, hunt, or rescue. As these breeds were domesticated over the years, they were given less time to cater to these basic instincts and instead became accustomed to regularly served meals and an occasional playtime. To release the pent-up energy your dog possesses naturally, it’s important to walk them on a daily basis.
Walking your dog may seem like a simply task, but there are certain tips and tricks you should be following to keep your dog, yourself, and those you encounter in your neighborhood safe.
- Walk in front of your dog. You're the pack leader - make it known that you're in control of the walk by staying slightly ahead of or next to your dog at all times. When exiting and entering your home, ensure you are first. When you're walking around your neighborhood, your dog should remain beside or behind you.
- Use a shorter leash. Short leashes give you more control of your dog. Should they get excited as you pass another person or dog, you'll be able to keep your dog calm and collected. To make communicating with your pup easier, attach their leash at the very top of their neck to make signaling clearer.
- Allow for enough time. Avoid walking your dog if you're pressed for time. Allot for 30 minutes to a full hour so that your dog has time to stroll, relieve themselves, and take in their surroundings. Mornings are the best time to walk your dog, as they are diurnal, just like humans.
- Be mindful of biting behaviors. When you’re out and about, you’re likely to pass other people and animals on your path. Pay close attention to your dog’s behaviors, especially during these encounters, as they can be an opportunity for your dog to cause harm. A well-trained, leashed dog is less likely to bite a passerby, but keep an eye out regardless when you’re walking. Be careful about letting your dog interacts with other pets or people that they don’t know, and always ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date, just in case.