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The Right Gear for a Great Walk

If you play soccer, you need cleats and shin guards. If you ride horses, you need a helmet, boots, breeches, and chaps. What about a dog walk? What do you need, and what does your dog need?

Whether you’re walking or running with your dog, it’s exercise for both of you. It helps if you dress like you’re working out, then you will treat it just like a trip to the gym but with the benefit of being outside. I always put on running shoes. It’s better for my knees, feet, and makes me really work at the walk. The rest, is up to you. Start with the shoes though.

Your sweet pup needs to be outfitted to keep him safe and ready to work out, too. In another post, we’ll talk about training your dog to walk well. First you need the right gear. Your dog should always have on a collar with tags. If you want to use a harness as well, then go for it. Oliver and Buckley are harnessed, but Daisy and Lily are not.

Besides a collar with tags, the most important tool you need is leash. I recommend a 4′ nylon or leather leash. Most leashes you’ll find at PetsMart and other major stores are 6′. Those are fine if your dog stays close and rarely pulls. Retractable leashes are not a good idea, as they give your dog the idea that he is in charge of the walk. They can be very dangerous and counteract any work you do to show yourself as the leader.

Your dog needs a walk, just like you need exercise. For a dog, however, the walk is a physical and mental exercise. Sometimes we think letting our dog out in yard is enough. We see him chasing a squirrel and think that’s all he needs. Most of the time, a dog in the yard lays around or digs, and both of those are signs of boredom.

Do your dog, and yourself, a favor. Put on your running shoes, grab your leash, and head out to explore Houston by paw!

My pack taking over Heights Blvd

My pups are attached by couplers, allowing me to use just two leashes instead of four.

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2 thoughts on “The Right Gear for a Great Walk

  1. My person puts on her hiking boots to take me for a walk. We’re lucky enough to have trails right near our house. Great ideas in this post and I love the pic of the four dogs.

  2. Jennifer H. on said:

    We bought a fantastic dual-leash made out of twisted bungie cord from Natural Pawz that we are constantly recommending to people who walk dogs in pairs. I have hand and wrist problems that get aggravated by most leashes, but the grip of this one is super comfortable and doesn’t stress my hands.

    I don’t know how it works, but the 2 leash cords connected to the grip never get tangled (I think there is a swivel in there somewhere). They are clipped in such a way that you can remove one to have just a single leash if you want. The bungie cord is only slightly stretchy so you still can keep a good handle on your dogs, but something in that very slight stretch makes walking the dogs awesome. They are expensive, but totally worth it when walking two pooches from one leash.

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