Whether you’re just walking around the block or headed out on a summer vacation, walking your dog is a must. As part of their new “Dog Days of Summer” package, Loews Hotels is providing tips from dog expert and Animal Fair publisher Wendy Diamond from her book, It’s a Dog’s World: The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living.
Wendy’s dog walking tips include:
- Walking Side-by-Side: “When walking your dog, be sure your pet is beside you, or behind you, but never in front of you. If you let your dog rule follow the leader, letting it go first, this only signals to the dog that it’s in charge. Your dog should never walk you!”
- Positive Paws: “Encourage your dog to walk beside you by reinforcing the positive walking experience with giving intervals of favorite treats. Calmly speak a special name/command when giving the treats instead of barking the usual commands such as “no” or “heel”, as this positive reinforcement creates a rewarding tag name when your dog is walking properly.”
- Leash Etiquette: “When using a leash, make sure you give your dog just enough leeway, but not too much. The key is using a looser leash as a walking guide. If you pull on the leash too tight or often, your dog will counter-pull creating a polarizing game of tug of war, instead of an enjoyable walk through the park.”