10 dog walking resolutions for 2015
Despite the cold snap of January, most of us dedicate the month to setting new personal goals for the year ahead. Here at Oscar & Hooch, we don’t see why our four-legged friends should miss out on the action! So to get into the new year spirit, we thought we’d suggest 10 resolutions for those owners who want to make their dog walks an unforgettable experience.
- Try to make sure you walk your dog twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening gives your dog the fresh air and space it needs to stay fit and healthy. Plus, as an added bonus, these regular walks will do wonders for your own health.
- When taking your dog out for a walk, take a ball or a pull toy with you. This gives your dog a chance to run around during the outing, making the experience more enjoyable. Doing this regularly will also strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.
- Make sure your dog has a ‘Lost & Found’ tag - like the one we’re currently piloting in partnership with MyTAG - attached to their collar. If you do lose track of your dog during a walk, it’s good to know you have precautions in place to quickly locate them.
- Always try to take some water for you and your dog wherever you go. Making sure you and your pet both keep hydrated is very important, especially on longer treks and in milder weather.
- Have a little rest during your walk give to your pet a chance to re-energise. This also gives you time to freshen up, and provides both a physical and psychological boost for the remainder of your time outdoors.
- As it’s the new year, why not try and find some new places to go for a walk? Exploring new places will keep walks interesting for you, while your dog will no doubt enjoy the sights and smells of unfamiliar surroundings.
- If you and your dog feel like being more adventurous, why not try out a local training park for dogs? These usually contain assault courses specifically built for dogs, and will give you an opportunity to teach your dog new tricks, while keeping them active.
- Have you ever considered organising a play date for your dog? If your pet is the sociable type, bringing along another furry friend can add a little magic to the average walk, giving you plenty of smiles in the process.
- In addition to fresh water, make sure you take a few healthy dog treats along with you on your walk. These will come in handy when you need to reward your dog for doing something right, such as following commands and staying calm around other dogs.
- Last but not least, remember to always carry your doggy bags! There are some very cool pet gadgets out there to help dispose of the stinky stuff easily, so despite it being a job which nobody enjoys, at least it’s hassle free!