Dog Walking Tips to Amp Up Your Walk
January is National Walk Your Dog Month, which is the perfect time to commit to giving your pooch more exercise to keep him happy and healthy. In addition to providing an outlet for your dog’s energy, regular walks are great for bonding, training, socialization, mental and physical stimulation, and feeding his natural exploratory tendencies.
Tired of the same old routine? This month, focus on making those walking excursions more enjoyable for you and your four-legged friend. Here are some dog walking tips to amp up your walk.
Try a New Route
To make walks more interesting for you and your dog, travel off the beaten path (so to speak) and take a different route. Try out a new neighborhood or check out cool places like the dog park.
Map out the route ahead of time, and make sure the distance isn’t too long for your furry friend. Consider your dog’s size (particularly the length of his legs), breed, age, and general health, as well as the walking environment. If the weather is cold, you may not be able to walk your dog for the usual length of time.
Walk with a Buddy
Schedule a play date for your dog and another dog to walk together. Having a dog friend to walk with can it more exciting, while providing a great bonding and socialization opportunity for the dogs.
Bring Treats and Toys
Walks can serve as great training opportunities for your dog, like teaching your dog to walk on leash. Bring some dog treats like Bil-Jac Original Recipe Dog Treats to encourage your walking buddy and reward your pooch during training moments. You might also want to bring a ball or some toys if you’re headed to a dog park to play catch or other fun outdoor games with your best friend.
Ride a Bike
If you have a particularly active breed that can handle long strides and the streets are clear of any snow or ice, consider changing your walk to a bike ride. Be sure to connect your buddy with the appropriate leash and halter before hitting the streets for a bike ride with your dog.
Commit to Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy
Be sure to take along plenty of water during your walk and check his paws for any issues after your walk is complete. If you walk in an ice treated area, consider wiping down their paws when you get home.
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