It is not only important to walk your dog enough but also to walk them correctly.
Here are 5 tips on how to walk your dog right:
1️⃣Make walking interesting to your dog. Teach your pet with positive reinforcement methods, play and learn tricks (first, at home, then, outside in a calm environment and after that, in a great variety of places). In this case, the dog will be more attentive to you, and walks will bring joy to both of you. Spend some time on training, at least 5-10 minutes on each walk.
2️⃣Walk your dog at a slow pace for the first 10 and the 10 last minutes of the walk. It gives the dog the opportunity to focus on its toilet stuff in the first 10 minutes and helps to calm down at the end of the walk.
3️⃣Make your walk structured. Divide time between communication with other dogs, training with you and slow pace walking.
4️⃣Control your dog’s attention. Praise your dog for paying attention to you.
But if the dog is close to you during the whole walk, looking into your eyes, on the contrary, praise them for sniffing the grass or trees, that is, for every attempt to explore the world around.⠀
5️⃣Try not to get distracted by scrolling down the Instagram feed (even if it’s the Everydoggy profile 🥰), long phone talks or small talks with other pet parents. A walk is a valuable opportunity to spend time with your four-legged friend, and it’s important to make the most of it.