If you're a dog owner, then you know how important it is to give your pup proper exercise. However, walking your dog isn't always as easy as it looks. When challenges arise, it can be difficult to have a normal or easy walk. Here are some tips for dog-walking so that you'll be a pro in no time!
1. Use a Harness
If you've never used a harness before, you'll be amazed at how quickly it can get your dog in control. A front-clip harness will lessen the pulling your dog will do because of the amount of pressure and constraint they feel. Just make sure you get the right size so that it's still comfy for them.
2. No Retractable Leash
A retractable leash is the dog owner's worst nightmare. Why? A few reasons. Dogs can't feel the pressure of a retractable leash as much as a standard leash. The ease in which they extend also make it more difficult to control your pup.
3. Let Them Smell
Your pup loves walks not only to get exercise, but to smell around! Let your pup sniff their surroundings while you walk. if they get enough sniffs in, then they might actually pull less.
4. Walk on the Right (Left) Side
When you're walking down the street, make sure that you walk on the correct side. That would be the left side! This means that you'll be facing traffic and will be better able to see cars approaching you. Keep your dog on the left side of you when you're walking as well. This will put them closer to the grass instead of the road, whcih is safer for you and for them.
5. Watch for Other Pups
Pull the leash a little tighter when you see other dogs. This will prevent your pup from running up to them and greeting them. If you do see another dog, always be sure to ask before letting your dog greet them.
Hopefully these tips will help you have fun, easy walk with your furry best friend!