Going for a walk is an essential part of a pup’s day. Not only is exercise for your pooch a reason for the brisk promenade, but the mental stimulation of getting outside and exploring the world is important, too.
Taking your dog for a one-on-one walk is a way to give them undivided attention and show them how much puppy love you have. But sometimes, getting out with the gang ticks all the boxes, especially for an outgoing dog who thrives on being with canine friends.
Why are group dog walks so good for your dog? Read on and Wag! will give you the scoop!
A well-fitting collar with an ID tag is a must. In the event your pupster gets spooked and manages to get separated from you, they’ll be identifiable.
Micro-chipping your dog helps get them home to you faster if they end up at a vet’s office or the dog pound.
Don’t take your puppy on a group walk until the veterinarian verifies that the required vaccines are all up to date.
Keep your dog on a leash unless they are familiar with the other dogs and the walk takes place in a safe, enclosed area.
Test your pooch in a small group before joining an extra-large pack. You want to be sure your tail-wagger is not anxious about the activity and extra dogs.
Walk with like-minded dogs. Senior dogs may not be keen on walking with a group of rambunctious pups. Older dogs may prefer walking with woofers their own age.
Look into a group dog walking club, with a knowledgeable instructor who can guide newcomers on how to help their dogs get used to walking in numbers.
Not sure if your dog is ready to hang out with other dogs? Book a session of dog training to learn how to bring their manners up to snuff.