If you’re a dog lover then you know that dogs are an absolute blessing to this world. They are there for us when we’re feeling down, and sometimes their little quirks make our lives so much better. If you train your dog enough they can even be helpful to your life, just like the services dogs that we see with people that need them. Dogs are just amazing creatures, and October 1st through the 7th is National Walk Your Dog Week.
While our dogs are great, let’s set some safety ground rules first. Make sure that you can handle your dog out on a walk. Don’t let you little sister walk the dog if you know that she’s not strong enough to control him or her. If you know that your dog can be strong, make sure that you have a good grip by putting your hand through the loop on the leash and wrapping it around your wrist a few times. To make bigger dogs a bit more comfortable try getting a harness for them so that they are not constantly being pulled by their neck. If you just have a collar, make sure that you can comfortably fit a few fingers underneath the collar, but that it’s not too loose that they can get out of it. Finally, always control your dog and keep them off of hot surfaces. If the pavement is too hot for your bare feet then it’s too hot for their paws too.
Alright, now that we’ve got some safety things out of the way, let’s figure out some things to do with our furry friends all week. Walking them around in circles probably isn’t the most fun thing in the world for you or them. Why not take them to a dog park! You can walk them or drive them there, depending on the distance, and walk around with them while you’re there. You can even take them on a few different nature trails or try to take them downtown to help them with their social interaction. While you’re doing this take the time to leash train your dog. Try to train them to stay on one side of you (preferably the side away from the road) and make sure that they don’t pull on the leash or jump on people. It’s something that most dog owners don’t think about with dogs until they start taking training classes.
Go have some fun with your dog! Take them outside all week and make sure that both you and them are safe for your walks. Make sure that their collar fits well and that you have good control over them. Take them to a few parks, nature trails, and even a dog park. Just make sure that you’re giving them more attention during this first week of October. We love our furry friends, so we should be taking them on more walks to keep both them and us active.
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