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How to make the most of your dog walking experiences

All dogs love a good walk; Needless to say, it’s pretty much every dog’s favorite pastime. There’s nothing like getting outside and burning off some physical and mental energy. And dog owners should enjoy it too. But how to make the most of these times with your dog? They offer the two of you a great opportunity to bond and reduce the likelihood that your dog will develop behavioral problems as long as his needs for physical and mental stimulation are met.

To take your dog for a walk you will obviously need a good collar and leash, or at least it is highly, highly recommended. Without one, you have no way of controlling your dog if he decides to chase a squirrel or, even worse, a car, in which case he may end up in a dangerous position on the road. If your dog is small, he may need a harness instead. There are many different designs you can choose from that can be themed for special occasions or designed for different purposes such as problem behavior training. Choose something that suits your dog’s needs and then allow him to get comfortable with it.

It’s a good idea to have your dog leash trained properly. This is done through obedience training when they are puppies, teaching them the “heel” command. However, if your dog loves to pull, this behavior can also be corrected. Just be consistent and don’t let your dog go anywhere without you first. There are also several games you can play to help correct this problem, such as random walking which forces your dog to follow you to know which way to go.

When walking your dog, you should also take it long enough for it to get the right amount of exercise. A Pekingese may find a 30-minute walk very tiring, while a German Shepherd will not. Consider how long you need to walk your dog based on his size and temperament, then try to fit it into your day. Or break him up into two walks if he doesn’t get enough of a chance at one time of day. Also, always remember to walk your dog on different routes so that it remains mentally stimulating for him. Try to include a bit of training as well, as this will go a long way in helping them establish themselves as the leader and they will behave much better in more situations.

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