Going out for the first time – what you should really know about dog walking!
All you need to know about dog walking
There are so many things to keep in mind when you start going out with your puppy and enjoy together those happy dog walks. I have tried to summarize some of the important things in this article and no matter how easy it may seem to go out for a walk, there are simple and clear guidelines that you should take into consideration when walking a dog.
First rule: make sure that you have all accessories for the walk
Education should start at home, so the first thing to is to familiarize the puppy with its accessories for a walk. Yep, we are referring to the collar and leash. The dog collar should be in place from the first day you have brought your dog in your house, but if you have not bought any, please, do so and continue reading. Probably the first reaction of your dog will be some discomfort and surprise. Therefore, put the collar always when the dog is relaxed. This is usually after a good sleep or after an intense playing session. If you notice that your dog focuses its attention on the collar, then you should react quickly and make sure it is distracted with a toy, food, etc. You will see that the puppy will gradually forget about the collar. It’s recommended to put the leash when you are playing at home. First let’s start playing, then introduce the fun element of the game and the dog will easily get used to the leash. Just grab the leash and start running with your puppy around the house.
Essentials for your dog walk: a collar, a leash, some plastic or paper bags, sweets or snacks that you need to reward certain behaviors.
Second rule: the first time your dog goes for a walk
The first time your puppy goes out for a walk should be between its 2nd and 4 month. Yes, I know that your vet told you that you can go out with your puppy only after it has all vaccines, but the truth is that from the 2 to 4 month your dog should pass through the period of socialization. This is a critical period during which the puppy is extremely sensitive to everything around him: people, smells, animals, sounds, etc. If the puppy is not allowed to go outside during this period, it is very likely that it will become insecure, fearful, antisocial or aggressive in the future. Hence, you can have a dog walk and always be careful and avoid dirty spots, while you also watch out for biting any stones, food on the street etc. Stay away from stray dogs that can bring infections or parasites.
To prepare for your first walk, you should prepare the dog from the very moment it walks through the front door. If your dog is small, I suggest you to take it carefully and carry it vertically just next to your body. The golden command is to make your dog sit down and show him that you are the leader. If your puppy walks alongside you, just reward him with sweets.
Take advantage of spacious dog parks where you can remove the caller and let your dog enjoy its time with other dogs. In case you see a cat or an aggressive dog in the park, you should react very quickly, because your dog is in danger.
Third rule: take advantage of dog walks- peeing and pooping
Dog walks are a good opportunity to teach your puppy to pee and poop outside. Do not forget that the key to dog training for peeing outside are the routines. You have to be very strict on the schedule: always go out for a walk at the same time, thus your dog’s metabolism is regulated and the body will be prompted to make all these needs at the time of your walk. Make sure that you reward the action of urinating or defecating at the street.
Fourth rule: walk calmly and smoothly
It’s sure that you have calm walks if you follow the guidelines above. If you have started taking care of the dog at a later stage and it is not socialized, then just have in mind that it may starting barking when It sees another dog at the street. Train your dog at home in order for it to sit down whenever you ask him to so. Don’t be afraid to express your dissatisfaction, because this is a part of the training process. When the dog is calm and follows your instructions, just give him a reward. Meet with other people with dogs, and go out together for a walk, so your dog can gradually socialized with other dogs. Remember that its about taking a walk with some dogs with good behavior and avoid hooligans.
Fifth rule: quantity and quality of dog walks
Many dogs live in an apartment with no garden and therefore they need a dog walk at least three times a day. The duration and intensity of these can vary, depending on the breed of dog you have. If you have a puppy with a high energy level, you need to walk him for half an hour for each walk and the intensity should be high: no slow and easy walks, but walks where your dog can run (it’s a good idea to consider biking and your puppy could burn all the energy). Take advantage of weekends to get close to the forest or the beach, so your dog will exhaust its energy. Not only people should have holidays, your dog is a part of the family. In case we are referring to lower energy levels, just half an hour of an relaxing walk will be sufficient.
If, however, you have a huge garden, do not think that your dog should not leave it. A dog that has a spacious area at its disposal should territory, get out at least once a day. It needs to explore and discover new areas with different odors for him. Imagine that you are locked in a mansion with a huge garden, but nobody lets you go out to discover new places and interact with other people…This does not sound good, right?
Do not forget that dogs are very social pets that need to be in contact with other dogs, so we should try to socialize them as much as possible. They are also very playful. This means that your dog should enjoy playing with balls, frisbees etc.
If you follow all these simple guidelines, I am sure that your dog will have a good time during your daily dog walk.
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