The walk is, without a doubt, one of the most important moments of the day for our dog. Not only does it allow you to relieve yourself, but it also helps you to continue socializing, lowering stress levels, or exercising if possible. However, many owners overlook essential details for their dog to have an enriching and complete walk, turning this routine into a habit that is not very motivating for their companions.
In this Pitsky article, we will give you some basic management tips so that you know how to walk your dog correctly, as well as some tips that you can apply to offer extra stimulation to your dog’s day-to-day life.
1. The handling
Many people have problems with handling, especially if the dog is pulling on the leash, does not want to walk, or has not learned to walk. It is then when they apply techniques indiscriminately, creating confusion in their companion and making the walk a tense moment for the animal.
Try to walk in a relaxed way, guiding him gently and stopping whenever the animal stops urinating. Avoid running, yelling, or trying to get the dog to pay attention to you, as well as tugging on the leash to get to a place or prevent him from pulling you. Acting calmly teaches your dog to walk in a relaxed way too.
Avoid wearing the leash too long or excessively tight, since in the first case we will not have any control over the dog and in the second we will be stressing it. Whenever possible, try to wear the strap a little loose, to allow it some freedom of movement.
2. The ride time
This point is very important and varies greatly depending on the race, age, or needs of each individual. In general, we could indicate that a dog needs to walk between 40 minutes and two hours, divided between two and three walks a day. Here we explain how they should be:
Morning: The first walk of the day should be the longest, most complete, and stimulating, lasting between 15 and 40 minutes.
Noon: This walk will help us calm our dog and is mainly focused on relieving himself. It can last between 10 and 20 minutes.
Night: Although it is usually the walk we spend the most time on, the truth is that the chaos and nervousness of this time of day do not help the dog to relax. Ideally, spend a maximum of 15 to 30 minutes on this tour.
3. Socialize, whenever possible
If your dog has been properly socialized in its puppy stage, it will probably not have any problem in relationships with other dogs, however, if we prevent our adult dog from continuing to interact, fears or conflicts may begin to arise. It is important to allow dogs to interact with each other, regardless of size, age, or impression they may make on us.
Of course, we must allow our dog to get close to other dogs if he wishes, we will never force an interaction, since that can generate discomfort in the dog and, therefore, a bad reaction.
4. Off-leash moments and games
Allowing our dog to enjoy at least 5 or 10 minutes without the leash is very positive for improving the quality of the walk. In fact, many ethologists recommend this practice in each of the dog’s walks. If you are afraid to let it go in an open place, you can always look for a pee-dog or fenced area. This also allows them to show their natural behavior, essential to achieve the well-being of the dog.
At this time we can take the opportunity to practice sniffing exercises, such as sowing since they relax and mentally tire them. We can also practice a game with him (ball, frisbee, etc.). Of course, avoid forcing him to run if he does not want to, that causes them stress.