Dog walking tips

Learn how to choose the right leash

Taking your dog for a walk is supposed to be joyful, not stressful. However, if your dog starts pulling you or stopping to smell the roses every minute, a walk with him or her may not be that enjoyable. If your pet needs a little extra help for an easier walk, here are a few tips:

For dogs that pull, leash options that keep your pet close

The Thunderleash no pull solution

If your dog likes to pull it’s recommended to keep your dog’s leash taut instead of letting it hang loose. A loose leash allows your dog to roam wherever he or she wants. So make sure to keep your pet’s leash taut for control. Use a leash that you can hold firmly without the pulling like the Thunderworks Thunderleash, or consider using a harness.

Harnesses work by taking the strain off your dog’s neck from pulling. It also helps you control your dog easier and helps teach him or her not to pull. Use a harness like the Reflective Easy Walk No-Pull Harness for Dogs, which has a unique front leash design that redirects forward motion for easier walks. The Cesar Millan Illusion Dog Collar & Leash System has a slip collar correction that helps you effectively control your dog during walks, and it’s designed by the Dog Whisper himself.

Ultimately you want to keep your dog near you when you are taking walks to help control his or her movements. Retractable leashes are popular because they allow you to control the space between you and your pet. Retractable leashes can come in all different shapes, colors and sizes, but the main similarity of retractable leashes is their ability to control your pet’s distance with just the flick of a button.

Multi-dog owner tip: Consider the Wigzi Dual Doggie Retractable Dog Leash, which allows you to walk two dogs at a time easily.

Make walks a pleasant experience for you and your dog

Refined Canine Water Walker

Dogs that aren’t used to walking on a leash can sometimes be anxious. Keeping your dog calm is the best way to have a nice, leisurely walk. Before you begin your walk, calmly fit your dog’s collar and leash around his or her neck and praise your dog with words of encouragement. Then once you hit the road start giving your dog treats to reinforce good walking behavior. For long walks, keep your dog hydrated. The Refined Canine Water Walker Dog Leash is a leash that allows water to be kept conveniently in the handle.

If you need to correct bad behavior like pulling, stop your dog and make him or her sit before offering any treats. Giving smaller treats will help your dog stay focused and associate daily walks with a pleasant experience.

Remember that practice makes perfect, so the more you can practice walking with your pet the better you will both get at walking together. Aim for a 30 minute walk with your pet at least 5 days a week. Not only will this enhance your dog’s walking behavior, but it will also help keep you both in tip-top shape.

Having the right leash for your dog can make all the difference in the world in your walks together. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what your dog needs for healthy, happy walking. Still not sure which leash is right for your pet? Read our guide on Choosing a Dog Leash.

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  1. I have an italian Greyhound, such a sweet loveable breed they are. However she may be perfect in many ways to us but on our walks she tends to pull. She is a nervous nelly when we’re out and just wants to head home. Im currently training her and taking it slow so she doesn’t panic. I also decided that we would try petmeds thunder leash. We currently own thundershirt which works miracles. If we would happen to win this we’d be tickled pink, any help on training our girl is very meaningful

  2. I hope you were able to help your sweetie be more calm on your walks. It took me some time to teach myself the walks were about far more than potty time

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