Hands up if you struggle at times when taking your dog for a walk. Maybe it’s a time factor. Maybe it’s your dog’s behaviour OR it could be lack of motivation on your behalf. Whatever the reason here’s a few tips to help you with walking your Dog…….Tip 1 – Find something you BOTH love. I’m the first to admit that Walking my Dog has not been easy. My Paws and Pedals Blog was born out of the fact that I struggled to exercise my dog regularly. Only when I discovered that my dog loved running beside the bike did I find something that worked for both of us. And our relationship (and fitness) has blossomed since this.
Tip 2 – Training. Training. Training. Does your dog react to other dogs whilst out on your walk? Does your dog spend all their time pulling constantly at the leash? Top Dog Trainer Gary Jackson once told me “I was shocked to learn that most people cant walk their dogs on a loose leash. I just thought it was normal.” So take the hint – if you can’t make it to Dog Obedience classes OR you haven’t enough time to research ‘dog training tips’ on the Internet (try Boingy Dog) – call in the professionals. A trainer like Gary Jackson can make the world of difference to your dog walks.
Tip 3 – Stay Motivated. Time constraints? Then try getting up a little earlier. It’s often easier to stay on track if you factor in a morning dog walk rather than an afternoon stroll. It’s been shown that people that walk their dog’s enjoy a longer life span – is that motivation enough for you? And try and mix it up. Don’t just tread the same route every day with your dog. Join a dog walking group, buddy up with a friend or try doing something else with your dog just to add a bit of variety to your daily outings.
Tip 4 – Invest in some good Dog Gear. It’s worth finding a leash and collar, or a harness that works best for both of you. The leash should feel comfortable in your hands and work well when you need to exert some extra control over your dog. It should also be comfy fit for your dog. You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of EzyDog – their products are easy to use, comfortable for you and the dog, plus durable and easy to clean.
Tip 5 – Enjoy Yourself. Remember back to the reason why you got a dog in the first place. Dog’s have the ability to increase your wellbeing, your health and your happiness. So, when you’re out walking your dog don’t forget to be in the moment. Enjoy the scenery, say hello to your neighbours, and work at getting your heartbeat up. Leave your phone at home and take along a dog toy instead – this way you can factor in a bit of play time for you and your dog.
I’m always reminded by this beautiful quote by Milan Kundera when I’m out enjoying a walk with my dog:
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”
Any other tips you would like to add? What is your number 1 reason you walk your dog?