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PAL PREVIEW: Active dogs

November 19, 2015

Just like us, our dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds and stay healthy. One of the best ways to keep your dog active is to take them on a regular walk.

Ahead of our third Human Walking Program tomorrow at Flagstaff Gardens, we want to give you some tips on what you can do to make your dog walks a happy and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Purchase the right collar and lead for your dog

Today dog collars can come in all colours and sizes. This means picking a good collar for your dog can be overwhelming.

Before you pick the prettiest or coolest collar for your pooch, you need to pick a collar that is safest for your pet. A good-quality buckle up collar is a good place to start.

If you are unsure where to begin have a chat to your vet or trainer for individual advice on which collar or lead is the best fit for your dog.

Holding the lead

Place the lead through the handle like a bracelet, tie it around your hand and grip the lead.

Decide on which side you want your dog to walk and don’t allow them to crisscross your path and pull. Make sure the lead is secure and step forward.

When training your dog to walk on lead, make sure you praise them and reward them with a treat. If they pull, or cross over, stop and walk backwards until the lead becomes loose. Repeat this in a small area until your dog understands the quickest way to move forward is by having a loose lead.

Take your dog to a fun place

Walking your dog isn’t just good physical exercise, it also stimulates your dog’s sense of smell hearing and sight. So mix up their routine by trying different parks, or dog friendly beaches.

Keep it clean

Take a plastic bag with you to clean up after your dog.

Things to pack

If you are planning a longer walk for your dog, don’t forget to bring plenty of water and treats.

Have fun

Walking your dog should be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. So remember to have fun!

Want to hear more about what you can do to keep your dog happy and active? Tune into Pets-A-Loud on JOY 94.9 tomorrow from 12pm AEDT where the team will be talking about what you need to keep in mind when exercising your dog.

You can stream the show live via joy.org.au/listenlive

Missed the show? Don’t worry; you can catch up with the podcasts at joy.org.au/petsaloud

Are you in the city tomorrow? Come down to Flagstaff Gardens from 12 – 2pm and let one of our beloved adoption candidates take you for a walk and play in the park as part of our Human Walking Program.

For more information click here.