Useful tips and guidance when walking your dog …
- Walk your dog on a lead where indicated, if it is on a lead it can’t get away and cause problems. Take a spare lead, you might lose one.
- Dog owners have a responsibiity not to allow their dog to foul indiscriminately. Carry poo-bags and dispose of them responsibly. Not enough bins? Never a dustbin to hand when you need it? Have a look at these fab websites for some great ideas to give you “dog walking freedom“. Muksak or the award winning Dicky Bag
- Is your dog ready? Before going on a long walk consider if your dog is healthy enough, has the desire and is trained enough to walk with you. Train your dog if necessary. A dog who is well behaved results in a more enjoyable walk, and you are legally required to control your dog.
- If you and your dog are not used to long walks, break him in gently. Build up both, your fitness and that of your dogs over a number of weeks. Check his feet regularly for cracked paws, cuts and a general body examination for dog ticks - Click here for more information.
- Carry water for both your and your pet. You can buy collapsible bowls or a combined container/bowl for your dog.
- Take great care of your dog near water. Know its limitations. Not all dogs are strong swimmers and the currents in rivers and along the coast can be deceptively strong.
- Carry a small First Aid Kit for your dog. The BASC has a comprehensive guide to making up a First Aid Kit for you dog- Click for Details, or perhaps it would be easier to buy one already made up. Click Here to view Croft Online
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