Before you got your dog, you likely imagined walking a dog would be a wonderful experience of long relaxing strolls, exploring neighborhoods, and hiking trails. In those pre-dog fantasies, your four-legged sidekick likely trotted obediently by your side on a leash and followed your every command.

Dog Walking: The Right Equipment

On the other hand, getting a dog isn’t always the walk in the park. Aside from the obvious trials of caring for a dog — from the physical to the psychological, there’s the mundane task of walking it. Before your dog is a hound, consider these steps to dog walking success. 1. Find a good walking route Before you begin, your dog needs to be able to handle the walk. If your pooch can barely move without dragging along the ground, you’ll need to find a safe place to start. 2. Determine your dog’s limitations To maintain your dog’s fitness, you need to set limits on its ability to walk. Is your dog large enough to reach curbs? Is it too young to go on longer hikes?

Dog Walking: The Right Equipment

The Right Gear

Sadly, though, walking a dog is far from easy. Think about all the times you have to talk and yell at your dog or take an extra step to leash him up (or lift his tail, leash up his backside, etc.). That doesn’t mean you have to curse your dog out when he runs out into traffic. To stay safe and make this coexistence easier, you need the right gear. Here are some of the best dog walking products out there. A Chasing Stick There’s a reason you hear “come” a hundred times every time your dog charges off after a squirrel or toy. It’s not because you’re so good at playing fetch, but because you want him to stop so he can use his sight, smell, and hearing to stay safe.

Dog Walking: The Right Training

After you got a dog, you probably expected your dog to be a stellar companion. You may have bought yourself some expensive dog training books. You probably paid for some sessions with a trainer, and then you settled in to walk that “best friend” all the time. The first shock was the depth and strength of this obedience training. The second surprise was that your dog was actually confused about how to walk with you. As you learned, you were to use what is called the “just do it” commands. Things like “sit” and “walk” are orders that just tell the dog to obey you. The dog does not learn from them – it is just a verbal way to say to your dog, “pick up your feet, sit up straight, and stay calm.

Dog Walking: The Right Training

The Right Environment

When it comes to dog walking, it turns out all of that research was a farce. At best, walking a dog is an ordeal of trying to keep up with the little creature. On bad weather days, they just lay down under the table. This is the case whether you have a dog or not. Just to test how bad walking a dog can be, we’ve devised some ways that should make walking a dog an easier experience. All Photos Via Imgur. The first rule of walking a dog is that the dog has to walk. If your dog is happy to just sit on the leash, you might want to consider getting a self-hitching harness for her.

What could possibly go wrong with all that? Now, you’re struggling with what you should do with your dog if you walk her too fast or encourage her to walk too fast, try to pick her up to avoid injury when she begins to run, or pick her up to prevent her from jumping on people and running into their legs. Are all of those missteps dog walk etiquette violations? Do they reflect poor training, misjudged responsibility, or a lack of training in your dog? The short answer is, probably not. The long answer is: No. I’m a dog trainer and owner of I Have Friends That Bark, the Urban Canine Education and Behavior program. I work with clients across the country to help them and their dogs become stronger, safer, happier, and more confident.

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