So you’ve adopted a new dog, congratulations! Whether you have a puppy or an older dog you both have to become accustomed to walking together.
It’s the Leash You Can Do
What’s the best type of leash? Experts recommend using whatever you feel most comfortable holding. If you are comfortable you will be better able to enjoy the walk with your pet. And better able to control the situation if necessary,
Flexi-leads are best reserved for walks in the park, when it’s safe for a dog to explore a bit further away from her pet parent. They are NOT a good idea if you’re walking in an area with high foot traffic or off-leash dogs, as the long line may get wrapped around your dog, a person’s leg or another dog.
Many people think chain leashes look nice, but they are much heavier than nylon or leather, and they can be very hard on the hands. Even so, they sometimes work well for dogs who like to tug or bite the leash. After all, metal isn’t very tasty.
Leather leashes are a good option because they are easiest on the hands.
Nylon leashes can cut into hands or give a pet parent “leash burn” if a dog pulls a lot or unexpectedly lunges forward. But they come in many stylish colors and designs, and they hold up well after repeated exposure to rain and snow.
Pull Over, Rover!
Constant pulling on the leash makes walks stressful for both of you.
If your dog darts after local wildlife, it may help to walk him when critters are less likely to be out and about; avoid dawn and dusk.
Try using a head halter to walk a dog who’s excitable on leash.
Stay Off the Grass (and Out of the Flower Beds!)
We want you to keep your walks toxin-free:
During the warmer months, it’s important to keep your pet safe from toxic lawn and garden products. Insecticides and certain types of mulch can cause problems for our furry friends—during neighborhood strolls, please be sure to keep your pooch off the lawns of others.
Even though popular spring bulb plants like tulips and daffodils add much to our landscape, they can cause significant stomach problems for our furry friends. If your pooch likes to stop and smell—or nibble—the flowers, please keep him on a short leash during your walks.
So Nice to Meet You!
It’s great that your friendly pooch loves meeting people during walks—but not so great that she jumps up on them. It doesn’t hurt to reward the dog with a treat—or ask the person whom she’s greeting to offer a treat.