Article – The Do’s & Dont’s to walking your pet

The Do’s & Don’ts of Dog Walking 

Walking your dog is a great way to get exercise, fresh air and socialise. It is also a great way to bond with your dog and spend quality time together.

DO:

  • Make sure your dog is trained to walk on a lead and come when called.
  • Make sure your dog is well socialised and won’t fight with other dogs
  • Make sure you carry water for your dog (and you) to drink
  • Make sure you carry poop bags so you can pick up after your dog
  • Make sure your dog’s collar fits correctly (you should only be able to get two fingers between the collar and their neck) or use a harness
  • Make sure they are up to date with tick and flea control if walking in the veld.
  • Have treats as a reward with you if you plan to let them run off lead.

DON’T:

  • Walk your dog in the heat of the day
  • Have your dog off lead unless you know it is safe dog friendly place. Dogs should always be on lead by roads.
  • Force your dog to walk further than they are comfortable to. Old dogs and dogs unused to walking should be observed for signs of fatigue.
  • Run or walk long distances with puppies as excessive exercise can be damaging to their bones and joints that are still being formed.
  • Feed your dog a large meal just before walking
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