Adopting a dog is an enriching and exciting experience that will change your life for the better forever. You must start educating him from the first day and of course, teach him to walk correctly on his leash.
On average, we take our dogs for a walk between three and four times a day.Can you imagine that your puppy will spend all the walks pulling on the leash? It would be somewhat frustrating … Therefore, we leave you some practical advice to teach her how to walk correctly.
What do you need to walk your dog?
Whether it is a large or small dog, you will need some accessories before taking your dog for a walk:
- Belt. You will find them in different models, materials and colors. The important thing is that it is resistant and the extension is sufficient to give you freedom during walks, but without straying too far from you.
- Collar or harness. Under no circumstances take your dog out without a collar. In it you must include their name, your name and a contact number, only that way you can find your dog in case it gets lost. The collar should also be comfortable; therefore, avoid those that have spikes or those that are designed to choke the dog .
- Water. On all outings, it is recommended that you bring a bottle of water and a container to hydrate your dog (especially in warm months).
- Disposable bags. Many people take advantage of walks for dogs to relieve themselves. If this is your case, take bags to collect the feces.
When to take a dog for a walk?
Dogs need to have a walking routine to adapt to it and to know when they will be able to relieve themselves (urinate and defecate). It is important that you always respect those schedules, in this way your puppy will get used to it quickly.
The ideal is to have at least three or four walks a day . The first walk should be when you wake up in the morning, after sleeping at home all night, you will need to go out to get some fresh air and relieve yourself.
At noon we must take the second walk, also to relieve ourselves. And in the afternoon we must take a walk of at least an hour, so that in addition to relieving herself, she exercises, plays and interacts with other dogs.
Many people take their puppies for a walk just before bed to have their last pee, which is an excellent idea.
How to walk a dog for the first time?
During the first part of the journey, wrap the leash in your hand so that the dog walks alongside you. In this way, you prevent him from trying to overtake you, as the pressure exerted by the strap will deter him from doing so. Maintain the length necessary for him to walk normally, but next to you .
Talk to him gently when he obeys and walks by your side. If he tries to get ahead, use a forceful “No!” and stop. You can also spray it with a little water so it understands that what it is doing is wrong. Wait a couple of minutes and restart the march.
When your dog wants to urinate or defecate, stop for it to do so calmly. Never keep pulling on the leash when he wants to satisfy his physiological needs, this only creates anxiety.
As your dog learns to walk alongside you, let go of the leash and give him a call when he walks away so he can come back to your side.
At the end of a successful walk, have a treat ready for your dog. It can be a canine treat, a little cheese or ham, and even some of the fruits recommended for dogs.
Over time, your dog will learn to walk with you and you will no longer have to start walks with the leash wound. In addition, you can vary the routes so that he knows new places.
Recommendations during the walks
Now you know how to walk your dog correctly. In addition, we offer you these recommendations:
- Don’t push your dog too hard on walks. Find out about the type and level of exercise you need for your breed.
- Wait for him to turn 3 months before starting the rides.
- Adapt to the weather. If it is very cold, reduce the time of the walks and warm your dog . If it is very hot, bring more water, do not go out in the hottest hours and put shoes on it to avoid hurting its legs.
- Allow him to sniff out the places that are curious to him, this enrichment is good for the dog’s life and helps him develop his intelligence.
- Walks are a great time to socialize with other pets and people. If your dog is curious, allow him to come over and sniff, but stay alert. Especially at first, he may be nervous or aggressive when other dogs approach him.
- Removing the leash is recommended only after the dog has learned to respond to your calls. Also, it’s best if you wait until you get to a safe place, like a park.
- If the dog becomes aggressive towards others, walk away and stop the walk until it calms down.
- As she learns to walk, substitute edible treats for cuddles and congratulations.
- Enjoy the ride! It is a great time to share and explore new places.