10 Tips For Walking Your Dog

10 Tips For Walking Your Dog


Photo of Connor and Tosh being walked by Francy

Connor + Tosh being walked by Francy | Photo taken by Francy | © Gold Coast Pet Sitting


  1. Do not feed your dog before you walk them. The activity may upset their stomachs’ and they may vomit on the walk. Feeding them after the walk completes the dogs’ need to feel like they are earning their food.
  2. When getting ready for the morning walk, call the dog(s) to you, do not go to them. This is one way to show them you are in charge.
  3. Always make sure that you leave the house in front of your pet. This sets the tone in your mind, and the dog(s), that you are the one in control and they should follow, not lead.
  4. When the dog leaves the house do not allow them to charge out the door. This shows that they are out of your control. If they do, take them back into the house, make them sit in front of the doorway, and wait for your command to come out of the house.
  5. Do not let your dog walk you. You should always keep your dog walking beside you or behind you, where possible. This allows you as the walker to be in control of the walk not the dog.
  6. Avoid using extended or retractable leashes, because they allow your dog to walk too far away from you to have proper control over the dog.
  7. If you have trouble controlling your dog when people or other dogs come near you, consult your dog trainer as to which collar is most appropriate for you.  DO NOT USE A PINCH OR PRONG COLLAR as they are illegal to use and sell within Australia. There are numerous collars on the market. Choosing the one that works best for you and your dog will make it a happier experience. Check with your dog trainer. There are good trainers. If you are looking for a trainer contact us and we can refer you to a few.
  8. If you are having problems with dogs fighting: Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, recommends walking them together as a pack and correcting them as you are walking for any unwanted behaviors.
  9. Do not take treats with you. This tells the dog he does not have to behave when there is no treat available. They can tell when you have treats on you.
  10. Make sure to walk your dog daily as this keeps them more mentally stable. They get some needed exercise and interaction with you. (https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/dogwalk.htm).

Personal note from Vanessa – I have used Tip #8 myself when two dogs from the same household are not getting along with great success.  Also, as a professional dog walker, I will advise my team-mates to (where possible) avoid using retractable leashes as per Tip #6.

    If you find that you are unable to offer the adequate amount of mental as well as physical exercise for your dog(s) – please contact Gold Coast Pet Sitting !  Our Dog Walkers will help assist you in keeping your dog(s) sane and happy as our motto is:  A tired dog equals a happy dog, owner and neighbourhood !

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