Leash Skills 101: Tips to Keep You Sane During a Dog Walk
As you’re headed off to work, you have Fido’s leash in one hand and a million (well, maybe not a million, but a lot) of items in the other hand. As you’re walking out to the car, Fido sees a squirrel. As your eyes enlarge, you realize you’re about to be walked by your dog. As Fido is happily chasing the squirrel, you are being tugged around and dropping everything out of your hand.
Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. Walking your dog can be a fun bonding experience, or it can be a nuisance. The thin line that rests between can easily be obtained by following some simple steps.
Tugging and pulling on the leash can lead to a load of stress and the excitement of seeing a squirrel can drive Fido nuts! So, how do you contain the beast within?
Well, maybe there is no such thing as the Jabberwocky, but there are plenty of creepy crawlies that your pup should avoid. Certain animals like snakes, spiders, scorpions, or bees can pose a serious threat to you and Fido. It might be a good idea to avoid areas where you know one of these scary dangers might be lurking.
While your pup may jump for joy for a tasty treat, it is important to make sure your dog knows that jumping should be reserved for just that. Many dogs love people and greet them with a tail wag and some with a jump. Jumping may not bother you, but you have to remember that not everyone wants to be tackled by your pup. Training your dog to sit when he greets people can be done through positive reinforcement, a.k.a. lots of treats for good behavior.
A pretty bed of flowers may look quite inviting for Fido, it actually can have hidden dangers that you may not be aware of. Insecticides and certain types of mulch can be dangerous to your pet’s health. You might not know the last time the flowers were sprayed and a freshly coated flower bed can be a disaster for your pup.
Spring bulb plants like tulips and daffodils are beautiful to look at, but they can be treacherous to your dog. Many aren’t aware that these plants can cause severe stomach problems for our furry companions. Much like children, puppies tend to want to stick everything in their mouths. If you know you have a nibbler, it is best to keep them away from your neighbor’s flowerbeds.
All of these tips can help protect your pup and keep you a happy doggy parent. Ensuring your dog’s safety and keeping your arm from being pulled out of socket, can lead to much happier walks.
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