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18Sep 2019

Walking a dog is a fun thing to do and it seems like an activity that anyone that can hold a leash can do without having to take lessons in dog walking. However, as strange as they may sound, there are some mistakes people make when walking their dogs. They are mistakes that anybody can make regardless of their age, size, height, and location.

Here are six common dog walking mistakes you are making and how to avoid them:

Disregarding Safety Hazards

When you walk your dog, it is very important to be mindful of anything that could harm you and anything that could harm your dog. Some of the things that can be dangerous to you and your dog as you go for a walk are cars passing, broken bottles, wet or slippery floors, sharp or pointed objects, spilled chemicals, water bodies, and electrical connections. To avoid any form of harm, be mindful of everything around you and your dog; move your dog away from anything that could harm it; and put booties on their paws.

Using The Wrong Leash

One of the reasons why people like to use a retractable leash or a long leash while walking their dogs is to give their dogs a lot of freedom to walk around them and to make sure they do not bump into their dogs. This seem like a good idea, but it is not advisable. The reason is that it is difficult to control a dog using a retractable or long leash. When you do not have a good control of your dog while walking them, they can run off when they see an animal they would like to chase and run into danger.

Approaching Unknown Dogs

Some dogs can get hostile with each other, especially when they are meeting each other for the first time. Also, some dogs can attack you if they do not know you. Therefore, it is advisable to be wary of unknown dogs when you approach them without your dog and when you approach them with your dog. Ensure the situation is safe before you let yourself or your dog get close to another dog.

Stopping For Stubborn Dogs

Some dogs, especially smaller dogs are generally more stubborn than bigger dogs when you take them for a walk. Stubborn dogs move haphazardly and frequently stop while you walk them, making it difficult for you to control them and difficult for you to enjoy walking your pet. Instead of stopping intermittently, take a handful of kibble with you and use it to motivate them to continue walking.

Ignoring Pet Behavior

It is never a good idea to ignore any changes in the behavior of your pet. Changes in the behavior of dogs could be a warning sign that they are sick, injured, or around danger.

Not Rewarding Your Dog

Rewarding your dog with treats during and after a walk will make your dog look forward to the next time you both will go out for a walk.

3Apr 2019

Dog lovers know the importance of buying dog accessories for their dogs. Dog accessories make your dog stand out and gives your dog a fun look.

The list of pet accessories for dogs is endless because people always make new pet accessories in different designs for dogs. However, there are pet accessories for dogs that have been available for a very long time.

Below are eight of these timeless pet accessories for dogs:

1. Dog Collars

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Dog collars give your dog a unique look and can be used to identify your dog. When picking a dog collar, make sure you take the size of your dog and the weight of the dog and collar into consideration. You can choose collars in different colors and designs, but make sure they are side-release collars because they are the strongest and easiest to use. Look for breakaway collars for cats because they are the safest ones to use.

2. Dog Leashes

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Leashes help you control the movement of your dog anytime you both are out for a walk. Make sure you get a strong leash that does not come off easily. And make sure it is long enough to allow the dog to move freely as you walk together.

3. Dog Bandanas

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Dog bandanas can make your dog really stand out among other pets anywhere you go. They come in different bright colors and beautiful designs that you can even wear the one that complements your outfit on your dog.

4. Dog Pajamas

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Yes, dogs can also wear pajamas. Get your dog nice pajamas that fit comfortably for a really unique look.

5. Dog Dresses

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Dogs also wear dresses. If you go online, you will see dogs in beautiful dresses. If there is a party coming up, you can get your dog ready for that party by buying it a beautiful dog dress.

6. Dog Tags

Dog tags help your dog introduce itself to anyone it is meeting for the first time. Dog tags are in different nice designs that can show off your pet’s personality.

7. Backpacks for Dogs

Backpacks for dogs are great accessories that will allow your dog to carry its own stuff. They make your dog look unique, but you must make sure the content of your dog’s backpack is not too heavy for your dog.

8. Dog Floatation Devices

Most dogs can swim very well; however to make sure they are absolutely safe when inside water or around water, make sure they are wearing a floatation device. A type of floatation device is dog life vests. Life vest for dogs has handles that you can use to pull your dog out of the water if the need to do so arises.

18Mar 2019

All dogs, regardless of size, breed, and age are curious animals that like to pull their leash and run after things. Also, dogs have their own way of walking, which can be too fast or too slow for humans, depending on the mood of the dog or the number of things that catch its fancy while walking. This behavior of dogs makes walking them very difficult and challenging. Walking a dog is even much more difficult if you have a big dog that is very energetic and very curious. When your dog does not have good leash manners, what happens is that instead of you walking your dog, your dog will be the one walking you.

Dogs are not born knowing how to walk with human, so if you want your dog to walk the way you want, you must train it. Teaching your dog leash manners can be challenging and can take some time but the result is a well-behaved dog that is a joy to walk with; therefore, everything you put into teaching your dog to walk nicely on the leash will be well worth it.

You can use various methods to teach your dogs to walk nicely on the leash because there is no single method that works for all dogs. However, below are some overall guidelines:

1. Pick The Right Leash And Collar

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The leash and collar are the equipment needed to walk a dog, so it is obvious you have to get them first. Make sure you get a suitable Dog leash and collar that fits perfectly. Most importantly, make sure the collar is not too tight; you would not want the collar choking your dog. Also, if the collar is uncomfortable, your dog will try to get it off and there is no way your dog will walk nicely on a leash when the collar is too tight.

2. Teach your Dog Basic Commands

Some of the basic commands for dogs are ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘come’. You should teach your dogs these commands before leash training. These commands come in handy when you take your dog for a walk. For example, ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’ teaches your dog to stay still if you need to chat with a friend; when you have to wait in line; or when you have to wait before crossing a street.

3. Take Some Treats With You

The first advantage of giving your dog its favorite treat while you both go for a walk is that it will always look forward to walking with you. Treats can also be used to train your dog how to walk nicely on a leash. When you start walking, give it a treat at every few steps, then stop giving treats and walk some distance before you give the next treat. This will make it look forward to the next treat, thereby making it stay close to you and walk at a pace you like.

4. Pull Gently

Apply a gentle leash pressure anytime your dog is not walking, walking too slow, or walking too fast. Never forceful pull your dog. Reward with treats once it starts to come to you and when it starts behaving or walking the way you want.

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