Dogs should be walked as it is a great form of exercise and strengthens the bond between owner and dog. The sights and smells of the outdoors provide the necessary stimulation for dogs that get rid of their pent up energy which may otherwise manifest into undesirable behaviours.
Ensure that your dog is on a reliable and secure collar and leash so that you won’t lose control of him, especially when where is heavy traffic nearby. Try to walk in a car-free park so as to minimise the risk of accidents.
The length of the walk should depend on the fitness level of the dog and the weather. It generally ranges from 10 minutes to 1 hour due to our climate. If the pace is fast and the weather is hot, do be more observant of how your dog is coping. A rough gauge is to see whether your dog starts to lag behind.
Factor in training during the walk
Walking your dog should be a pleasant experience and dogs should learn not to pull on the leash. It is also a great time to demonstrate leadership by setting tasks for your dog to follow. A simple sit-stay with recall is a great way to engage your dog. Make use of available props like benches or dividers to create tasks for your dogs.
Dealing with the public
There are always dog lovers and dog haters in the public. It is always important to respect other people’s boundaries as they should respect ours. Always be observant of people’s expression to determine if they dislike dogs. Some religions are not fond of touching dogs due to constraints. Always pick up poop even when your dog poops on grass and be tolerant of people who hang around to check if you pick up poop (“poop police”).