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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
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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