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Monday, July 24, 2006

11 rules to walking your dog

When we walk our dog, no matter the destination – on the city streets, in parks or in open spaces – it is necessary that he respects the unwritten rules, to avoid getting into problems with other animals or people we meet.

So let’s see how our little friend will have to act in some situations:

1. Usually, in crowded places we will keep him in a leash, to always have him under control. So he will have to know how to walk in a leash, near your foot, without pulling.

2. The dog is not allowed to jump on people or animals met or to attack anything, as long as he isn’t being attacked.

3. The dog shouldn’t run after bicycles, motorcycles, cars or people. It is known that some dogs do that because of their hunting instincts.

4. When we let the dog free to run, it is crucial that when he is called he return the shortest way and as fast as possible.

5. At a picnic, the dog is not allowed to pass through other people’s areas or to eat their food.

6. Wherever our dog might be, he is not to be allowed to eat food given by someone else or food found on the ground.

7. Generally, small dogs are more spoiled than big dogs and they are more aggressive, anti-social and afraid of other people or dogs. The ones to blame are the owners that often amuse themselves when they see their dogs acting this way. This way the dog gets to barking and even biting their own owner.

8. The dog must have some initial training, so we would have no problems when walking him.

9. All through the walk, the dog is not to chew on his leash or to pull it with his teeth, because it might happen that he is tied somewhere alone and he will chew on it until he becomes free and gets lost.

10. The dog is not allowed to jump up on us or others even if he is just playing.

11. Pay attention to drunken people! Many times the smell, the walk, and the yelling of drunken people annoy the dog. The dog can lose his reality sense and his instincts and therefore they won’t pay attention to any of our advices. Some drunken people are even aggressive to dogs. Stay away from them as much as possible.