Now that we’ve enjoyed Christmas and New Year, some of us might be thinking about dog walking resolutions. Longer, lighter and brighter days makes it easier to put some new, or not so new, things into practice. Check out our top dog walking resolutions and let us know how you get on. We can’t get enough of new dog walking pictures!
10 Top Tips For Your Dog Walking Resolutions
- Try to make sure you walk your dog twice a day. A morning and evening walk 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.
- 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. This is especially true on longer treks and in warmer weather later in the year.
- Have a little rest during your walk give to your pet a chance to re-energise. This also gives you time to catch your breath if needed. 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. Your dog will no doubt enjoy the sights and smells of unfamiliar surroundings. Our national parks offer fantastic dog walking opportunities.
- 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. They 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 walk.
- 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. Whether its for doing something right, such as following commands and staying calm around other dogs.
- 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!
- Last but not least – remember a good strong lead! Henry is getting better every day with his recall and walking to heel off the lead. But it’s still important for us to remember his lead for the walk back to the house!
Have you tried any of these tips? Send us your photos to oscar@oscarandhooch