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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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Puppy Ride!

The words “puppy ride” make up my pack’s favorite phrase. Oliver starts jumping up and down, Buckley races towards the garage, Daisy squeals, and Lily throws her front paws into the air. Do your dogs enjoy car rides?

A fun way to drive is having your dog in the passenger seat, sticking his head out of the window. It’s also super cute when your little pup rides in your lap or when your lab is behind you and sticks his head on your shoulder. Wait…scratch all of that.

All of the above are dangerous for you and your dog. A dog in your lap or moving around the car can distract you or make it difficult for you to see. Although dogs love smelling the air and letting their ears flap in the wind, all sorts of debris can get in their eyes, leading you to a huge vet bill. If that is not bad enough, think about what happens to a person who isn’t safely buckled and a car accident occurs. It’s scary to think what could happen to you beloved pet.

Here are some easy and safe ways to keep your pet safe and still enjoy a puppy ride:

1. Seat belts: Yes, they have them for dogs, and they work great. Buckle them in the back seat, and they can still watch through the closed window.

2. A raised booster seat with seat belt: For smaller dogs

3. Barriers: There are two types that work great. Hammocks protect your seats and keep them from jumping into the front seat. Wire barriers work great for SUVs and keep your dogs in the back.

4.Crates: Just like for house training, the crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down.

Happy travels!

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