What Do I Need For Dog Walking?

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Collars Leads And Id Tags

Does My Dog Have To Wear One?

What Else Do I Need For Dog Walks?

Dogs need daily exercise to keep dogs healthy, lively, and stop them from getting bored.

There’s nothing better than a refreshing early morning dog walk before going off to work for the day or a relaxing walk in the evening, whilst providing your dog with the care it needs for a healthy and happy lifestyle.   

Whether it’s the local park, recreation ground, country estate, field, beach or road walk, your dog needs variety in their everyday lives just as humans do and exercising regularly with varied walks is a must.

Do I Need To Have An ID tag And Collar For My Pet?

Before you step outside with your dog, the ID Tag must be attached to the collar.

A legal requirement since The Control of Dogs Order 1992, an ID tag needs to be worn on the pet’s collar before stepping outside of the home. 

The ID should be engraved with information that can help anyone finding a lost dog to repatriate it quickly with the owner, including the name and address (including postcode) of the owner and telephone number is optional (but advisable).

The fine is £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

Thousands of pets still go missing each year, despite wearing an ID tag and collar.

Additionally dogs being microchipped, thousands of pet owners have not kept their details up-to-date on the databases. This simple compliance can help to repatriate lost and found dogs back to their owners quickly.

ID tags can be bought from many online pet stores who will engrave the tag for you. Other owners like a plate to be secured on a collar if they have dogs that constantly keep losing their tags. 

Exceptions include dogs used on official duties by the armed forces, HM Customs & Excise or the police. Dogs used for sporting purposes and packs of hounds. Dogs used for the capture or destruction of vermin. Dogs used for driving or tending cattle or sheep. Guide Dogs for the Blind.Dogs and dogs used for emergency rescue work.

Cats are not required to wear ID tags currently as they are deemed to be feral. However, many owners do opt for a small ID tag as well as a fully retractable fastening collar to be worn by their pet. 

Tip – buy two or three ID tags and have spares ready for when your pets disc goes missing.

What Else Is Needed For Dog Walking?

Being prepared for the Great British weather is essential when out dog walking. Planning your walks are essential with the right kit for the best experience for you and your pet.   

You’ll need these essentials for dog walking

  • Dog collar and ID name tag
  • Dog lead short
  • Dog lead long
  • Dog poop bags and scoop
  • A waterproof dog jacket for wearing in heavy rain or warm dog coat in winter
  • Ball 
  • Dog treats 
  • A waterproof jacket for yourself
  • Dog walking shoes, wellies or boots
  • Torch or headlamp for darker evenings
  • Mobile phone
  • Water bottle, bowl and towels for end of the walk (keep in the car, if driving to park) 
  • Muzzle (optional)

Many new owners do not realise when they buy a dog the amount of work involved in daily care and realise that they cannot cope and sadly, end up abandoning their dogs. It’s important when buying a puppy or dog that you consider all their needs carefully and that includes daily dog walking suitable for their breed and size. 

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Daily Walks

City And Park Walking

Close-by dog-friendly parks are essential for dog walking, as are safe, open spaces and need assessing carefully. Some spaces become very busy at certain times of the day with regular dog walkers, having several different dogs walking routes available is best so they can be mixed up during the week to provide your dog with variety and relieve boredom.

Local parks, especially in cities, can be subject to PSPO orders, limiting the number of dogs being walked and timed restrictions. Check your local authority and council website for animal and pet information if new to dog walking, or the area.

Local google searches such as ‘local dog walk’ can provide sharing websites such as Thegooddogguide.com where one can list favourite walks for free and provide useful information about them for others.

Days off from work or weekends provide the perfect opportunity to take your pet on longer excursions and days out and there are several national sites offering ideas such as The Outdoor Guide, Walks Near Me, and National Trust.

10 Dog Walking Tips

  • Let your dog sniff around, give them time.
  • Don’t throw sticks as they can splinter and injure the dog’s mouth and throat.
  • Keep your dog occupied and don’t let them scavenge for discarded food from overflowing bins, children’s dropped sweets or near bottles that may be broken and broken glass lying around which cut paws very easily.
  • Take a good sized ball for your dog’s size, where they can’t swallow it and throw them.
  • Vary the way you walk to the park walk to alleviate boredom for your dog.
  • Vary the speed with a quick pace and then a slow couple of minutes keeping your pet alert.
  • Take the opportunity to get your pet to exercise as much as possible. Signs of tiredness, stop the games and start walking home and likewise, if your pet isn’t tired when home and still playful then you know they haven’t had enough exercise.
  • Keep dogs on a lead in built-up areas. Let them off only if you think they are safe, making sure your dog won’t be a nuisance to any other dog or person.
  • Keep vigilant, thefts have been known to be made of dogs when in parks and on the way to and from dog walks.
  • Pull your dog away from chewing leaves or other foliage which can cause sickness and diarrhoea. Some plants are highly toxic and can be life threatening.
  • Let your dog sniff around, give them time.
  • Don’t throw sticks as they can splinter and injure the dog’s mouth and throat.
  • Keep your dog occupied and don’t let them scavenge for discarded food from overflowing bins, children’s dropped sweets or near bottles that may be broken and broken glass lying around which cut paws very easily.
  • Take a good sized ball for your dog’s size, where they can’t swallow it and throw them.
  • Vary the way you walk to the park walk to alleviate boredom for your dog.
  • Vary the speed with a quick pace and then a slow couple of minutes keeping your pet alert.
  • Take the opportunity to get your pet to exercise as much as possible. Signs of tiredness, stop the games and start walking home and likewise, if your pet isn’t tired when home and still playful then you know they haven’t had enough exercise.
  • Keep dogs on a lead in built-up areas. Let them off only if you think they are safe, making sure your dog won’t be a nuisance to any other dog or person.
  • Keep vigilant, thefts have been known to be made of dogs when in parks and on the way to and from dog walks.
  • Pull your dog away from chewing leaves or other foliage which can cause sickness and diarrhoea. Some plants are highly toxic and can be life threatening.

Amount of average exercise your dog needs

Below is a list of 30 popular breeds which provides a rough guide to the amount of exercise that’s required by those breeds. Exercising a puppy is less as is a senior dog. Senior dogs may have joint mobility problems, failing eyesight, deafness and heart problems. Their walking and dietary requirements should ideally be talked through with a vet and reduced. Puppies gently build up their time. The exercising aim is to increase your puppy’s walking time by 5 minutes a month starting at three months being 15 minutes twice a day.

30 Minutes or more1 Hour or more2 Hours or more
King Charles SpanielCocker SpanielLabrador Retriever
Miniature DaschundPugBorder Collie
MalteseMiniature Toy PoodleGolden Retriever
PomeranianEnglish BulldogBoxer
Miniature PinscherShetland SheepdogGerman Shepherd
Yorkshire TerrierBull TerrierDalmatian
Bichon FrizeStaffordshire Bull TerrierSiberian Husky
ChihuahuaCairn TerrierSamoyed
PapillionSaint BernardEnglish Springer Spaniel
PekingeseBasset HoundAlaskan Malamute

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