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4 Mistakes When Walking Your Dog

Walking your dog is a great way to provide exercise and mental stimulation for your furry friend while also strengthening your bond with them.

However, there are some common mistakes that many dog owners make when walking their dogs. In this article, we’ll discuss the four most common mistakes when walking your dog and how to avoid them.

1. Not Using a Leash or Using the Wrong Kind of Leash

One of the most important things to remember when walking your dog is always to use a leash. Even if your dog is well-trained and obedient, many factors outside your control could cause them to become distracted or agitated.

A leash keeps your dog under control and ensures their safety and the safety of others around you. However, not all leashes are created equal. Using a retractable leash, for example, can be dangerous as it gives your dog too much freedom to roam, leading to them running into traffic or getting into fights with other dogs. Instead, use a standard leash that is the appropriate length for your dog’s size and strength.

2. Allowing Your Dog to Pull

Another common mistake when walking your dog is allowing them to pull on the leash. Pulling is not only unpleasant for you, but it can also cause neck and spine injuries for your dog.

Additionally, a dog constantly pulling on the leash can become more aggressive and reactive, making it more difficult to control them in the future. To prevent pulling, teach your dog to walk on a loose leash. This can be accomplished through positive reinforcement training, such as rewarding your dog with treats or praise when they walk calmly at your side.

You can also try using a front-clip harness or a head halter to provide more control and discourage pulling.

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3. Not Allowing Your Dog to Sniff and Explore

While keeping your dog under control and preventing them from pulling, it’s also essential to allow them to sniff and explore their surroundings. Dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell to gather information about their environment, and denying them the opportunity to sniff and investigate can be frustrating and stressful.

To strike a balance between control and exploration, find a pace that allows your dog to sniff and explore while staying close to you. You can also use the “go sniff” command to permit your dog to investigate a particular area, such as a tree or fire hydrant.


4. Failing to Pick Up After Your Dog

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that dog owners make when walking their dogs is failing to pick up after them. Not only is it unsanitary and unpleasant for others who may come across the mess, but it’s also illegal in many areas and can result in hefty fines.

Always carry a supply of bags with you when walking your dog, and be sure to pick up after them promptly and properly dispose of the waste. If you’re walking in a particularly rural or isolated area where there are no trash cans, be sure to carry the waste with you until you can dispose of it properly.

In conclusion, walking your dog is a great way to provide exercise and mental stimulation for your furry friend while strengthening your bond. However, it’s essential to avoid common mistakes such as not using a leash, allowing your dog to pull, not allowing them to explore, and failing to pick up after them. By following these tips, you can ensure a safe, happy walk with your K9 Buddy.

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