Dog Walking Guide: Leads, Poop, Grass

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Everybody knows that dogs need daily exercise and taking your pooch for a stroll is a great way for both of you to stay fit. If you’re a new dog owner taking your pup for a walk might seem as simple as strapping on a lead and plodding off to Tesco. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but if you really want to make the most of your walk both you and your pet will have a better time if you know a few basic facts. Whether you’re a walking newbie or a seasoned veteran you’re sure to find something useful in our dog walking guide.

Choosing the Right Dog Walking Lead

Rather than buying the best seller on Amazon, you’re better off visiting a pet store and inspecting the leads yourself. You should always prioritise comfort over image. Buy a lead that you’re comfortable holding, not one that makes your dog look even more adorable. Chain leads might look attractive but they’re heavier than leather or nylon options. On the other hand, some dogs like to chew on leather ones, which they generally don’t with chains. Extending leads are ideal for walks in the park but less suitable for urban areas. Finally, nylon leads are hard-wearing but can be tough on the hands if your dog tends to tug a lot.

Don’t Forget the Poop Bags

Dog poo isn’t only smelly, it’s also dangerous. Eating it can cause toxocariasis in humans, which can lead to blindness. People most at risk are children between the ages of one and four. Bio-degradable poop bags are widely available and much kinder to the environment than using a plastic ones. Clearing up after your pooch is one of the responsibilities of being a dog owner, so please don’t forget the poop bags!

Keeping Off the Grass

Those KEEP OFF THE GRASS signs aren’t just to protect the grass itself, they’re also there to protect your pooch. In summer months people often use lawn and garden products that are toxic to pets. While you shouldn’t really let your pet nose around in other people’s gardens it’s wise to take these signs seriously in public spaces too. Flowers can also cause digestive problems in dogs and a surprising number of our furry friends are prone to scoffing daffodils and tulips. Although it’s already too late by the time they’ve snaffled up a whole flowerbed, if your pup’s a notorious flower-ingester you’ll need to (literally) keep them on a shorter lead when you go dog walking, especially in spring.

This is just the start of our dog walking guide. Part two has even more essential advice and top tips.

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