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Tips For Walking With Dogs

Got the Day Off? Get Out With Your Pup!

It's Memorial Day and I'm using today to take an extra long walk with my Boston. He's a fairly energetic dog who can walk quite quickly (as long as it's not too hot), and we're gonna go on a street roaming adventure! I know some of you have big dogs and others have little ones, so everyone's speed needs will be different. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when taking to the streets with your pups:

  • Make sure you walk at an appropriate tempo! If your pet is huffing, wheezing, or trying to stop, he may be trying to tell you something — you both can slow down and smell the roses.
  • If your dog is tugging and pulling the leash, he may not be acting naughty, he could just need more exercise. Walking quickly, or even jogging, with higher energy breeds can help them work off steam and (hopefully) be a bit calmer when it's rest time!
  • Some pooches, North included, enjoy mixing it up. Try walking quickly for part of the time, and more of a stroll for the rest. This allows doggies, and you, to burn off a tad more calories, but not come home totally pooped. I like to walk on a street busy with people, then duck onto side streets for this purpose. On the busy streets, we have to navigate the crowd and my dog wants to sniff "hi," but on those quiet streets, he's ready to pick up the pace!

As always, if it's hot where you are, carry water and take breaks on any long walks. Getting fit should be fun for you both!

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runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
we occasionally go for short runs (1-2 miles)..we did it alot when max was younger. now he's just happy going on long walks, but we'll still run now and then..he is definitely a quick walker, though..if i were walking by myself, i would walk much slower..
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
B-Bop loves to explore! We didn't go for a walk yesterday but had people over so he had a great time
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
It is most definitely a Basset Hound, I've got one so I love it when Pet uses piccys of the breed :) Brando and I will definitely be going for a good long stroll today- he tends to lean towards the leisurely walks because his hounddog nose always wants to sniff, but like North he can mix it up from time to time.
Runzy Runzy 9 years
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I'm about 95% sure its a Bassett Hound
Runzy Runzy 9 years
I have a question whose totally of topic here... could you please tell me what kind of dog is represented in the here above picture? i would be very gratefull
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
One other thing, that I never would have found out till yesterday. Be careful WHAT you walk on, and if its hot cement be extra careful. We had my dogs out for a few hours yesterday running around and enjoying a rather hot day and ended up in the VET ER for 4 hours because Auggie tore the first layer of skin off of all four of his paw pads leaving them raw and painful. He's feeling better now, but just a word of caution beware of hot concrete/cement and your pups pads.
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