Not only is walking your dog fun, but it’s also great exercise — for both of you!
(This is especially great if you or your dog happened to put on a few extra pounds during the winter months!)
Following are some tips to help you walk your dog without all that tugging.
Chances are, the first few times you try walking your dog on a leash, he will pull on the leash a bit.
This is a dog’s natural behavior — especially when he hasn’t been walked on a leash regularly.
Unless you break that cycle early, walking dogs will not be nearly as fun as it should be.
Instead, it will be a constant battle with your dog trying to lead and pull you everywhere.
Here’s how to pick the right leash, plus a few things you should avoid while out walking your dog…
Types Of Dog Leashes
There are many different dog leashes you can choose from.
In general, they can all be grouped into 4 main types:
- Flexi Retractable Dog Leashes – ranging from 10 to 26 feet in length, these give your dog a little more room to explore
- Chain Dog Leashes – these look stylish, but they’re heavy and hard on the hands
- Leather Dog Leashes – leather tends to be softer and easier on the hands
- Nylon Dog Leashes – nylon can cause cuts to your hands (or leash burn) if your dog pulls too hard, however there are many different styles and colors to choose from.
Here are 2 specialty type dog leashes worth considering:
The dog leash you ultimately choose will depend on the type of walking you’ll be doing and if you’ll be attempting to “train” your dog at the same time.
Some of the differences are described in this video:
Things To Avoid While Walking Dogs
When walking your dog during the summer months, there are a few things you should try to avoid:
- Grass — for the simple fact that you don’t know if their lawn was recently sprayed with chemicals that may cause your dog to get sick.
- Flowers — to lessen the chances of your dog eating them and getting sick.
Here’s a list of plants and flowers that can make dogs sick.