About 36.5% of American households own at least one dog, which equates to nearly 43.5 million homes. Ensuring your dog gets enough daily exercise is one of the essential aspects of looking after them. Whether you are both off for a short walk in your neighborhood or you are taking your dog on a trip, it is important to be prepared for your walks and follow proper ‘dog walking etiquette’.
Familiarize yourself with unfamiliar locations
Hiking with your dog can be incredibly enjoyable for both you and your canine friend, but be sure to plan your trek in advance. This is particularly true for first-time trips to places. Do your homework on the routes available to you and how long each one takes, as well as the types of terrain and surroundings involved. Make sure you read up on laws relating to dogs in public areas across different states, in case this impacts how much time your dog can spend loose from its leash.
Choose a suitable dog leash
The type of leash you should use for your dog will depend on the breed of dog and the nature of your walk. For instance, a standard 4-8 feet leash with a loop and a metal attachment clip is good for everyday walks on flat terrain and few distractions. On the other hand, for longer and more hilly treks, you might want to use a stronger and more durable leather leash. Something like this can be helpful for when your dog is excited by something and wants to chase it when it shouldn’t, or for when the weather starts to turn.
Pick up your pooch’s poop
It goes without saying that it is your responsibility to pick up and dispose of your dog’s poop. Not only is this courteous to others, but it is also a legal requirement in most states. Furthermore, dog poop is very dangerous to the health of humans and other animals, due to the bacteria it carries which can result in serious illnesses. All you need to do is carry plenty of poop bags with you and simply scoop up the poop into one, before tying up the bag and putting it in a suitable waste bin.
You know your dog
It goes without saying that, as your dog’s owner, you are likely to know them the best. When it comes to dog walks, being aware of your dog’s personality, strength and fitness levels will serve you well when preparing for them. As long as you have all the essentials needed and are mindful of your surroundings, you and your dog will be able to make the most of your walk together.