Taking your little four-legged friend for a walk is a great way to keeping your dog happy, but are you really making the most out of your walks? Everyone knows that regular outings can do wonders for both you and your pet, so why not maximize your dog walking experience?
Before you start any dog walk, it’s essential that you’re prepared with basic kit. The first thing you need to make sure you have is a doggy bag, for obvious reasons! In addition, make sure you always pack a bottle of water for both you and your dog, especially in hot summer months, as walking for longer periods of time in the heat can cause dehydration. In the colder winter months, it’s actually sensible to bring along some protection for your dogs feet. The terrain during winter can take its toll on a dog’s paws. Remember to take your smartphone too, you’ll want to get lots of dog walk selfies!
Now for the fun stuff. Each dog has their own personality, which means they will all have their own preferences when it comes to what kind of walk they enjoy. The key is to really understand what kind of surroundings make your dog happy.
The most obvious place to start is in nature, as the majority of dogs can’t get enough of the great outdoors. You've probably ventured to the local park many times already, but there are other alternatives. We’re big fans of National Trust walks, which never fail to deliver a fantastic experience of the great outdoors. Through a little online research, you should be able to find a National Trust walk not too far from where you live. They’re perfect weekend trips for all the family, and will be a source of wonderful memories.
If you’re not an outdoors enthusiast, there are still ways to make your regular walks more memorable. For instance, bringing a selection of toys to the park is an excellent way to ensure that you and your dog are entertained. Dogs love chasing after balls, or playing a good game of tug rope! Not only does this make the walk more enjoyable, it will also increase the bond between you and your dog.
Our pets can also help with health and fitness goals. Energetic dogs can be perfect jogging companions throughout the year. Not only will they push you to jog quicker, they’ll also motivate you to actually get out of the door on those cold evenings! Remember, most dogs love to run around and burn off excess energy, so they really are excellent training partners!
These are just a few ideas on how to make your dog walks special. If you have a dog walk routine that creates lasting memories, be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!
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