Is your dog getting enough exercise? Spring has sprung and April is Canine Fitness Month! Since fitness and activity levels are important for keeping your pup happy and healthy, we wanted to share some of our tips on how you can get the most out of the easiest exercise you can do with your dog, walking!
You read that right, you don’t have to run miles with your dog for them to see the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. All it takes is consistent walking! Here at ThunderWorks we know that it is not always easy to get a pup to take on the outside world with confidence which is why we put together these 6 tips to have better walks with your dog!
How Can I Make Walking My Dog Better?
ThunderSnap to the Rescue!
If your dog gets a little too excited for a walk that it is hard to get their leash on, get a quick and easy start with ThunderSnap! ThunderSnap uses powerful magnets and a steel ball-bearing latch mechanism to quickly and securely connect to any standard D-ring dog collar. ThunderSnap is also perfect for pups who need to race to the water bowl the second they get home!
Let Your Dog Explore!
Let your dog sniff around and explore! It's the way they gather information about the world and it provides great mental stimulation after being cooped up all day. If your dog becomes too fixated on a spot, just make sure they haven't gotten their nose somewhere it should not be!
Hydration is Key
You're not the only one who needs to stay hydrated on your walk! Always remember to bring plenty of water for you and your dog, especially if it is a longer walk or hike!
Don't Let Things Get Too Hot
It’s starting to get warmer out there and that means there is more of a likelihood that the pavement could be too hot for your dog! A good way to test is to place your own hand on the street for 5 seconds - if it is uncomfortable for you, it is likely too hot for your dog! If it is too hot, try to find a trail, or grassy area where you can walk!
Don't Forget Identification
Make sure your dog has proper identification for every walk. And if the jangling from your dog's tags gets too noisy, and adds unwanted stress, try ThunderCover to tone it down!
Stop Pulling for More Fun!
Finally, try the ThunderLeash for dogs who pull. ThunderLeash applies gentle, safe pressure around your dog's chest, which encourages them to stop pulling. It clips onto your dog's collar like a standard leash. If you are looking for additional tips on how to get your dog to stop pulling, check out these three tips!
If you are interested in learning more about our walking solutions, check out our full leash collection. We would love to see all of the adventures you take your dog on with their favorite walking solutions! Tag us on Instagram for a chance to be featured! We hope these tips help with your next walk! Happy Canine Fitness Month!