Tips and Hints
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Dog Walking Tips
Before you head out on the trails with your dog, you should consider the following;
- Is your dog healthy enough?
- Do they have the desire for long walks?
- Is your dog trained enough to walk beside you on your journey?
If you and your pet are just getting into walking trails you should start off with shorter walks and work your way up to longer distances. This is good so that both you and your pet don't wear yourself out the first couple times going out.
Make sure your dog is on a leash. This will prevent your pet from getting away and getting into any problems.
Carry enough water for both you and your dog. Staying hydrated is very important to you both, especially on warmer days.
Always carry a few plastic bags with you so you can clean up after your dog. By placing the bag over your hand, you can pick up what you have to, then pull the bag inside out and tie the end. Please dispose of it properly. This is just common courtesy to the other people enjoying the trails.
If you are on a longer walk, find a shady area and take a break. Take time to play with your dog and talk to other walkers. Dogs don't sweat like we do. They keep cool by panting and drinking lots of water. Walking in water also helps them cool down.
Make sure your dog has identification, whether it's a collar, name tag, tattoos or embedded micro-chips. Also carry a photo of your dog just in case you run into a situation.
While it's important to have your dog up to date with their vaccinations, a very important one to consider is the Leptospirosis vaccine. This is a disease that is most active in the spring and fall when soil conditions are wet. Rats, skunks, and raccoons are animals that carry this disease. This is a vaccine you should talk to your vet about.
Check the trails that you plan on taking and make sure dogs are welcome. There are some areas that dogs may not be allowed. It is best to have this information before heading out.
Your dog may be the best walking companion you have. They are great listeners and an added personal trainer. They will push you to challenge yourself as much as you want to challenge them. They will be just as eager as you are to get out on the trails.