Can you spot the common mistakes in this picture? There are a few things this lady can easily fix to make walking her dog safer for her dog and herself. In this article, we will go over

a list of safety tips help make dog walks a  safe bonding time with your dog.

 

Gear Up

The first mistake in this photo is the woman is not caring a bag for supplies. You should have a bag of tools together before you leash up your dog and head out. These tools include:

  • A Bag- You will need something to put everything in like a backpack or a fanny pack.
  • Poop bags –Your dogs going to need to go. Don’t be a rude neighbor and make sure to pick up after your dog. Poop bags are a must.
  • Leashes, Harnesses Most counties have leash laws. The law is for the safety of your dogs and other dogs. No retractable leashes. These are one of the most dangerous leashes on the market. They provide very little control over your dog. They quickly get caught and can cause a lot of damage to you and your dog. There have been reports of severed digits, lacerations to both people and dogs. They are not worth the risk to you and your dogs’ safety. Pick up a 4-6 foot nylon or leather leash. Dos who tend to pull talk to a trainer about options such as a harness. We highly suggest a front clip harness such as the Easy Walk harness or the Freedom Harness.
  • Treats or toys: Whichever your dog likes best, to help I encourage no pulling, sitting when asked, or if you have o quickly move away from another dog.
  • A deterrent (Spray air horn): Not everyone follows leash laws. An air horn or a dog spray can be a great tool to get that off-leash dog who’s running up to your dog to stop and back away.
  • Shoes: Comfortable closed toed shoes are the best for walking dogs. Tripping on your sandals is dangerous to you and your dog. I can also hurt when your dog decides to step on your foot, and his nails dig in. Besides who wants to walk through mud puddles in sandals?
  • Clothes: Weather appropriate clothing. Waterproof/resistant shoes and coat for when it rains. Unless your dog behaves on a leash or you are using a hands-free leash, I do not recommend carrying an umbrella. Lightweight clothing for when it’s hot. If your dog is not scared of hats, I highly recommend one.
  • Water: No matter how long the walk, take water with you, for you and your dog. If you are hot and dehydrated, you cannot help your dog in case of an emergency.

Pay attention

  • Part of the responsibility of walking a dog is paying attention to your surroundings.
  • Watch and listen: Just like what that police officer that visited your school when you were little. Stop, look and listen.
  • No Phones: Put your phone away. Whatever is going on can wait. Even if someone calls with a real emergency, you would not be able to help if you put yourself and your dog in danger. Keep your head up and focus on what’s ahead and what your dog is doing.
  • No earbuds: You need to be able to hear that other dog, cat, car or bear approaching so you can make a quick decision to stop or turn and go the other way.

 

Be respectful:

Give other dogs space: You might have a dog that loves every dog it meets. Not every dog is dog-friendly, make sure to give them space and cross the street if you’re able. If you cannot quickly cross the street, step to the side and ask your dog to focus on you.

Give people space: Believe it or not, not everyone likes dogs. People also like to run and ride bikes. Same rules as above apply. This is where the no earphones apply if you hear someone coming up behind you try to cross the street or move over to the side and let them pass.

Now, that we have gone over some tips.  Are you able to point out what the lady in the photo can do to make her walk safer?