Thank you to Jenny or MyPetNeedsThat.com for this informative blog post sharing her top 5 dog walking tips.www.mypetneedsthat.com\/Walking your dog is an important part of your pet's\r\nhealth and your relationship with it. There are a lot of reasons why you should\r\nwalk them every day especially since walking them does not only give them proper\r\nexercise, but it also allows them to know more about their surroundings. Dog-walking can be a good mental exercise for your furry\r\nfriends. When it comes to your relationship with your dog,\r\nwalking them for 30 minutes to an hour every day can help establish trust and\r\nleadership. As you walk your dog and take the lead, you establish who the\r\nleader among you two is and this adds to your dog's training. Once they learn\r\nto listen to you, it would be much easier for other walks and for training them\r\nin your home. Dog walks provide a great bonding experience. To\r\nmake sure that dog-walking becomes an activity you and your dog will look\r\nforward to, here are a few tips. \r\n\n1.Have the right leash \n\nThe first thing you should have whenever you walk a\r\ndog is the leash. There are many kinds of leash, the traditional, retractable,\r\nand many more. You can even have a dog strollerwith you. For walking your dog, it's highly recommended that you pick a\r\ntraditional leash over a retractable one because the latter is more dangerous\r\nthan the former. Retractable leashes are known for causing danger to\r\nthe owner whenever the dog strolls farther away and a sudden jerk is\r\nexperienced. It can also be hard for you to control your dog in the first place\r\nbecause the leash is long. Instead, what you should have is a traditional leash\r\nthat is short so that it is easier to manage your dog. Short leashes are also\r\neasier for you so that it doesn't get easily caught up in your arms or\r\nlegs. \r\n\n2.Put identification on your dog\n\nNo, a collar isn't enough to show that your dog is\r\nowned. Back then, it used to be enough so that your dog doesn't end up in a dog\r\npound. However, today, you should also put your own details on your dog's\r\ncollar or bells so that when someone gets a hold of them, they would know who\r\nto return the pooch to. So when you prepare an identification pin for your\r\ndog, make sure that it has your details - your name and your contact number. It\r\nwould help if they are found on the collar since there's nowhere else to put it\r\nthat won't easily be removed.\r\n\n3.Establish who's the leader among the pack\n\nWhether you're walking one dog or five, it's\r\nimportant to establish\r\nwho's the leader among the pack. Of\r\ncourse, that leader should be you. In order to do that, here are a few\r\nsuggestions:\r\nAlways walk in front or beside your dog. This shows them that you will\r\nbe taking the lead and that they aren't free to pull you wherever they want to\r\ngo. This sets the direction for them, too. \nBe the first one to\r\nget out of the house and the first one to go back inside.\nGauge when you'll\r\nallow your dog to sniff around. Only allow a few minutes for sniffing rather\r\nthan letting them sniff the whole time you're walking them.\nContinue taking the lead when you're inside your home.\nWhen you establish who's the lead, your dog will be\r\nmore disciplined when going around. It will save you all the embarrassing\r\nmoments of running after it or when it pulls hard on the leash until your\r\nwrists turn red. \r\n\n4.Allow your dog to sniff around\n\nLike what was said earlier, your dog sniffing\r\nallows it to be familiarized with the surroundings. It also help the pooch\r\nlearn more about the scents of places and things making it more informed. You'd\r\nbe surprised that sniffing is actually a mental activity for dogs and allowing\r\nthem to sniff every once in a while can tire them more than simply running in a\r\npark with them. To do this properly so you don't stop every minute;\r\nallow five minutes of sniffing time every once in a while. When doing this,\r\nloosen your hold on the leash and let your dog explore. Stay close to it while\r\nit’s sniffing so that it won't run off. Make sure that the sniffing time will\r\nnot take longer than the time you walk your dog. \r\n\n5.Keep your dog hydrated\n\nOf course, your dog sweats and gets thirsty.\r\nBecause of this you should always be prepared and bring a water bottle with you\r\nso that you can keep your dog hydrated during long walks. You'll know when they're thirsty when they start\r\npanting and when they slow down during the walk. To save on the waste you make,\r\nbring your own water bottle filled with cool water. Walking your dog is an integral part of your\r\nrelationship and their health. Although it can be a hassle for a pet parent at\r\ntimes, it's important for you to start making this a habit so that you can make\r\nsure your dog is healthy and you are too.