Leading your pet dog: A guide to walkies

by Vivien Richardson on November 18, 2008

Taking your dog for walkies is very important for their health, their amusement and for your bonding with your dog. Here are a few important considerations when it’s time for walkies.

  • Collar and Leads vary according to the dog breed. However you don’t need any special equipment, just a plain collar and lead.
  • Avoid collars and leads made of chain as these can hurt your dog’s neck and your hands.
  • Check that the collar fits well and you are able to slip two of your fingers underneath, showing that’s not too tight for your dog.
  • At the same time the collar must be tight enough to ensure it can not slip over the dog’s head.
  • An identification disc is required by law and needed in case he or she gets lost.
  • To train a dog effectively you need something that will excite your dog. If you praise your dog every day that is not enough to treat them.
  • Try something extra, such as a new toy, or if you want him to learn exercises then a small titbit can be tempting as a reward.
  • Avoid large pieces of treats as there may be a weight issue later on in life. Titbits for a small dog can fill their stomachs up faster than a large dog.

Warning: if you are using a ball to train your pet make sure the ball is specifically made for a dog and not too small as it can get stuck in their throat.

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