Walking Your Dog - 6 Items Needed Take When You Walk Your Dog

What Should You Take on a Walk with Your Dog?

Taking your dog for a walk can be an enjoyable experience for both owner and pet. Sometimes the guilt of depriving my little buddy of getting outside is what forces my tired body off the couch or out of the house after a long day's work. It gives me pleasure just to see how happy even a short walk makes my dog. When we walk, I take along several helpful items every time we go.


Use a Dog Harness

Whether you're taking a large or a small dog for a walk, make sure he isn't going to hurt himself by pulling. To be extra careful, strap on a dog harness, as it secures your dog better than just his collar. The leash attaches to the harness on the dog's back rather than on the collar around his neck.

Dogs are pretty excited to see the sights and sounds of the neighborhood and may strain their necks as they pull on the leash. To avoid jerking his or her poor neck, instead attach the leash to the hoop on the harness, which is located on the strap down the dog's back.


Plastic Bag for Dog Poop

Taking a plastic bag is very important. Walking seems to work as a laxative for Gizmo, as his bowels nearly always move on our walks. Any responsible pet owner should be ready to pick up their dog’s waste from wherever he has an accident.

There have been times that I have forgotten to take the bag, and have had to drag my poor dog on the leash to a more discreet spot away from spying eyes. It could be embarrassing for your dog—and you—to get caught “littering” on someone’s yard, but, at least if you have the bag, you can clean up the mess right in front of the homeowner to show just how responsible you are.


HandiDrink Bottle for Owner and Pet to Share

Press to squeeze out water for dog. Take off lid to drink yourself. Clip on bottom slides over to hold bottle in place. Note long cord for draping over shoulder.
Press to squeeze out water for dog. Take off lid to drink yourself. Clip on bottom slides over to hold bottle in place. Note long cord for draping over shoulder. | Source

Water Bottle for Dog

When my dog and I take short walks, say ten to twenty minutes, I usually forego the water bottle, unless the weather is really hot. For longer walks, for sure I take a water bottle that he and I can share. I bought it at a pet store years ago, wondering if I’d ever really use it.

Boy, do I! It’s so handy. It has a long strap that I can wear over my shoulder. The lid is taken off and water pressed against a sharp edge that makes water fall down an attached contraption that the dog can drink from. And the owner can drink from the bottle itself.

I didn’t realize when I bought the bottle that I would be able to use it, too! With this great feature, I even take it on road trips so that Gizmo and I can both get a drink when we need to.


Pepper Spray for Threats

Pepper spray is something that everyone might not think about. I live in a nice, family neighborhood, and I don’t think too much about being attacked by anyone in any way. Depending on your location, it could be something to consider. Still, in my own neighborhood, I worry more about stray animals (shame on the owners!) that might come at us. I have run into several unleashed dogs, but, fortunately--so far--they have been friendly, and I can shoo them off. But, again, anything can happen.

Pepper spray is probably legal in your state, but do check to see if there are certain restrictions. For example, in Arkansas, it is illegal to use it against a law enforcement officer. Duh! I really don't think I would consider doing that, anyway.


Cell Phone for Emergencies

While a cell phone is a pain for me to carry, it has a dual purpose. I could wear a watch to tell me how long we've been out and that it might be time to go home. But a cell phone also could be necessary in case we have an emergency and need to get in touch with someone. We could get attacked, caught in a scary thunderstorm, or one of us could have heat exhaustion. Really, better safe than sorry.


House Key to Get Back Home

Lock your house for safety, and ensure that you will get back in! I carry my keys on a huge hoop of a key chain that I wear on my wrist. I love that key chain as there's no way I can lose it.

These are the six basic items that I have learned to take with me on a walk with my dog. Gizmo and I don’t leave home for a walk without them!


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Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Victoria Lynn, forget the pepper spray. Those tiny canisters only provide a false sense of security. I take BEAR SPRAY. In my neck of the woods (suburbia), I don't take my dogs out for walks. I usually take them to a park where everyone has their dogs on a leash. We've had four instances in a year where other dogs came after us. Six of them were dogs who had gotten out, and none of them had tags. Another was a dog owner with two dogs who assured me that his dogs "don't bite." Guess what? He was standing directly under the park sign stating that dogs must be on a leash. Just last week, a friend of mine was bitten by a neighbor's dog running loose and took 37 stitches to her leg. I know every dog in my neighborhood. The problem is, there are times when their owners allow them to hang out in the front yard. So as you walk by, you don't really know what this dog is going to do. I would rather not take my chances.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Victoria Lynn, thanks for sharing your comprehensive and important list of things to take when walking your dog. Not enough people think about taking extra water for their dog; the handidrink bottle is a really great idea. Voted up!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yikes, Arlene, that's awful about the 37 stitches. And it drives me crazy when people let their dogs run loose. It's dangerous for the dogs AND the people they come in contact with. Is there really such a thing as bear spray???


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Yes, there is. My husband bought it from some online site in Alaska, and you can fire from 30 feet. There was an aggressive dog chasing me and my dog down the block. I have a very loud voice, but this dog ignored me. It followed me into our garage, but I was able to pass my puppy to my husband. We used riot gas on the dog--the kind used on humans in that type of a situation. The cannister is 3x the size of the hand-held pepper gas. Can you believe this? The stray dog was sprayed in the face, but within a couple of minutes, he shook off the spray like it was nothing. He was still able to see. But that's the thing with any kind of gas. It doesn't work on all people or animals. Like the dog, I've seen people bounce right back and keep fighting. Around here, the only thing you can do is call Animal Control and hope they show up in time to pick up the dogs. Unfortunately, a lot of owners who have aggressive dogs will not even put collars or tags on them. If they get loose, all the more reason for them not to claim them. These are the people who throw the dogs in their backyard and expect them to guard the property. But a dog is meant as a companion and needs to be part of the family. This is what makes them want to protect the family and the property.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cloverleaf, thanks! I'm careful about my little dog because his little legs wear out pretty quickly. He gets so excited that he almost runs when we go out, and I don't want him to overheat, so yeah the water is a must on hot days.Thanks for the vote!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, my gosh, Arlene. That's awful! Scary, too. Some people are so irresponsible when it comes to their animals.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Excellent advice. I often carried a walking stick instead of the pepper spray. Great hub!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hmmmm. A walking stick. That might be better, actually....Arlene says the pepper spray doesn't necessarily work very well. Just be careful, either way, I guess!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

And you don't have to get as close to cause damage, and you don't have to worry about spraying your dog accidentally or which way the wind is blowing and you blow the pepper spray back on yourself.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good points, homesteadbound. That would stink to hurt yourself or your dog....


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rai2722 5 years ago

I never did realize that there are so many things to be prepared to walk with dogs. I never did this, because my dogs can run around freely in the spacious backyard in our home. Thanks for sharing,Victoria. Your tips would be useful when I have to walk my dogs.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Well, rai2722, my dog and I have kind of perfected it over the years, as I would kick myself when I'd leave something behind. My dog is small, so it's not imperative that we walk a lot or super often, but he loves it so much that I try to a couple of times a week, anyway. When we do go, I like to be prepared for anything. Thanks for commenting!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I found this hub subject very interesting but the irony here with the epi-man is he walks with a cat on a leash (my younger all white cat is deaf) but really he walks me and absolutely loves and wear his harness with pride because he knows he has a good thing going and freedom and fresh air is divine to any pet especially when they are with the one they love.

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I hope all is sincerely well with you these days.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Epi--That's so cool that you walk your cat. Did you train him from kittenhood? I sometimes intended but never got around to training one of my cats that way. Now there's no way they would do it, pampered reclusive indoor cats that they are. Is he okay with meeting dogs? I think that's the neatest thing. I'd love to see a cat walking on a leash! Thanks for your cool comments.


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epigramman 5 years ago

..actually he's very good with dogs - I think he thinks he's a dog himself - lol - my name is Colin Stewart and if you have a Facebook account I posted some photos there last week that my neighbor took of my cat and his dog - a big German Shepherd - sitting together in a garden - no kidding .... lake erie time 8:29pm


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's very cool, Colin. Hard to believe, so I'm going to have to trot over to Facebook to see that picture! Thanks for the invite. I appreciate it!

On a similar note, I have a dog who grew up with 5 cats, now 6, and sometimes I think he thinks he's a cat. He doesn't bother them at all when we see a strange one. He's just so used to them that he seems to hardly notice them!


Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

Hi Victoria Lynn, This is a great hub. I walk my 3 dogs twice a day for short walks, but I've never seen the HandiDrink bottle. That would be perfect when I travel with the smallest one. Thanks for the information!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Liz--The handidrink IS perfect! My little guy gets so hot and tired. It's perfect for walking and for traveling when he goes with me. Thanks for stopping by!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Out here in the country, I let my pup run amok - hehe, we're in the woods, so it's fine. But, in the city, this is a must-have list. When I take my dog to the park, I get so used to not carrying anything. I go nuts trying to find plastic bags and I'm always happy to find the nearest water fountain. I'll remember your tips and tricks for sure!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, CC! When I forget the plastic bag, I'm always nervous that Gizmo is going to have to go, which he usually does on our walks! I just have to mentally go over the 6 things in my head. Thanks for reading, girl!

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