Hey you, new pooch parent-yeah, you with the cute puppy who can’t stop pulling! Want some tricks to keep Trixie on task? Or perhaps you’re already an old pro but want to make your outdoor excursions more fun for both you and your dog. Follow our insider tips and your pooch will be eager to get going as soon as you pick up the leash! Let’s take a look at some key things to keep in mind for our new Summer Puppies!
Three Things To Bring for Your Summer Walk
* If you’re planning an extended walk through Central Park or your local park, be sure to bring water for your dog-especially if it’s warm outside.
* Don’t forget the goodies! Walks are great training opportunities. Bring Fido’s fave treats along, and practice tricks and obedience while you’re out in the world. “This will solidify your dog’s skills and convince him that going on walks is fantastic fun!” says Collins.
* Don’t get caught without extra poop bags, particularly if you’re going on a long walk. (P.S. This is a great way to recycle all those plastic grocery bags!)
Watch for Creepy Crawlies
Depending on the time of the year and the area of the country you live in, sneaky critters like snakes, spiders, scorpions and bees can be a serious concern for pet and parent alike. If you’re walking in a densely wooded area, take extra care to keep an eye out for hidden dangers.
So Nice to Meet You!
Taking a walk to a dog park or other fenced-in area that’s safe for canines to romp freely? Make sure your dog is prepared for off-leash play. “Your dog must know how to come when called,” says Collins, “so the most important thing to do is teach a really reliable recall.”
Take It Up a Notch
Here are some suggestions for making walks more fun for your dog:
* Mix it up! Try taking your dog to new places. He’ll love experiencing the new sights, smells and sounds at a novel location.
* Choose fabulous destinations. If possible, walk to fun places, like friends’ houses or the dog park.
* Walk with buddies. If your dog likes other dogs, consider group walks. You can either borrow a friend’s dog to accompany you, or invite family and friends who have dogs to meet you somewhere.
What’s Bugging You?
Walking in humid, mosquito-friendly areas? Spray yourself, not your pooch! Even though it’s tempting to share insect repellent with your pooch, it can be a grave mistake. Insect repellent should never be applied to dogs, who can suffer neurological problems from the toxic ingredient, DEET. Instead, ask your veterinarian for a suitable, pet-specific alternative.
This article was taken from http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dog-walking-101?page=2 and modified by New York Dog Nanny.