- Step 1: Obtain collar, tags, and leash Get your dog a well-fitting collar, ID tags, and a sturdy leash.
- TIP: A well-fitting collar should allow you to slip two fingers snugly between the collar and your dog’s neck.
- Step 2: Update vaccines Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. Puppies that haven’t received their shots shouldn’t be taken for walks.
- Step 3: Check area restrictions Check restrictions in the area where you want to walk. Certain public places don’t allow dogs, while others do but require a leash.
- TIP: Before walking your dog in public, teach them leash manners, including keeping close to your side and not lunging at others.
- Step 4: Clean up Clean up after your dog. Tie waste bags closed before you throw them away.
- Step 5: Provide water Give your dog water every 30 minutes during the walk and when the walk is finished. Now that you’ve both gotten some exercise, kick back and relax with your four-legged friend.
- FACT: There are more than 72 million pet dogs in the United States.
You Will Need
- A dog collar
- Identification tags
- A leash
- Plastic bags