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Walking the Dog Without Surprises

In a few months, it will be spring, and with the slight rise in temperatures, we can go back to organising a lovely walk with our four-legged friend.

Dog walking without surprises.

Whether on the seashore or the highest peak, a walk with our dog without surprises is good for us, too. Here are some tips to make this adventure unforgettable so you avoid pitfalls and can have fun together.

Walking the dog planning is essential.

First, it is good to plan the walk with our dog. Remember to bring poo bags, a collar or harness, a leash and a muzzle. If the walk will last several hours, or if you think the weather will be hot, do not forget to bring water and a bowl.

If we plan a multi-day trek, we also assess the physical condition of our dog! If he is accustomed to spending time on the couch, getting him in shape is a good idea before tackling the trek!

This will prevent muscular-skeletal aches and pains and allow him to enjoy our time together fully. Consider whether the temperatures suit you and your dog when planning our itinerary!

Walking the dog… off we go!

Dog walking without surprises.
Before departure, let’s spend a few minutes on a few things.

When the day of the hike arrives, before setting off on the trail, let’s spend a few minutes on a few things that will make our experience truly unforgettable!

Initially, we can perform a quick, energetic massage involving our dog’s entire musculature, thus warming it up and preparing it for the exertion of the walk.

We also devote a few minutes to the paws and toes; the feet, especially on uneven ground, are subjected to considerable strain.

Ensure the leash or harness you choose for your dog is suitable for the walk you will take and that it is adjusted and worn correctly and does not create friction points; otherwise, you can buy a new one on Amazon.

Walking the dog, we do a gradual warm-up.

Once the walk has started, we keep a controlled pace for the first few minutes, gradually increasing the speed. This allows us to finish warming up our dog, but also to warm up our muscles and avoid muscle discomfort!

Warming up is not to be pocketed at any time of year, and, with it, we not only increase our body temperature but also prepare our whole body for the demands we are going to make on it.

After ten minutes or so, we can indulge in all kinds of activities with our dog, from crazy runs on the plains to ascents to breathtaking views to bathing in the waves of the sea.

We always respect the nature that hosts us. If necessary, we keep our dog on a leash to avoid disturbing other hikers and the fauna in the area.

Walking the dog – keep your eyes open at all times

Dog walking without surprises.
There can be many less serious pitfalls for our dog, whether at the seaside or in the mountains; let’s always pay close attention!

During the walk, we always keep our attention on our dog. Indeed, even on a quiet walk, pitfalls can lurk! Be careful where you walk.

Particularly in pine forests, let us be careful not to encounter the processionary moth, an extremely stinging insect that is dangerous for both dog and man!

If we find a processionary moth nest, we report it immediately to the Forestry Commission via the TreeAlert portal so that they can remove it.

If our dog has come into contact with this insect, we immediately contact the veterinarian to start the appropriate treatment. In the mountains and countryside, we pay attention to insect bites, which can cause more or less severe allergic reactions. Another pitfall is vipers. If you have a taste, you must immediately visit the nearest veterinarian.

Many less severe pitfalls like broken glass can arise while walking by the sea. However, a good rule of thumb is to always have a first-aid kit with you and the number of your veterinarian at hand; in case of a public holiday, find the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic and note the number.

Before returning from our walk with the dog.

We devote the last few minutes to relaxing with our friends before going home. We gradually reduced their gait, maintaining a steady pace on the leash.

Once back home, we give our pet some more attention. We begin by inspecting the entire body for foreign bodies or external parasites such as fleas or ticks.

Let’s help our dog with a brush to locate and remove any foreign bodies stuck in the hair if our dog has long hair. We also check that the fingertips are intact and, if necessary, apply a special cream to keep them soft, moisturised and supple!

Finally, spend a few minutes on a gentle, global massage to release tension. After massaging the muscles, we can only dedicate ourselves to stretching the limbs and neck worldwide.

To do this, we ask our dog to perform some simple exercises with the help of a treat, turning his neck to the right and left, up and down, while keeping his paws still or assuming the bowing position.

Following these tips, we can experience a beautiful and unforgettable day with our four-legged friend. Finally, before going to bed, if necessary, a relaxing bath for our dog will make him clean and happy; read the article we wrote on how to bathe your dog correctly, five tips to follow for 2023.

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The "Frenchie Breed" website is a blog aimed at dog owners. We regularly publish articles about our four-legged furry friends. Among the contents of our blog, you will find ample space on the latest news in the sector, with information and in-depth analysis dedicated to the world of dogs in all its forms, the latest trends and news of the moment, curious facts, events devoted to dogs, product reviews, as well as an intense activity of information regarding the health and well-being of pets.

Please Note: The articles in the 'Frenchie Breed Blog' are for information purposes only; nothing published can or should be construed as an attempt to offer professional advice or consultation with a physician, veterinary surgeon or another health professional.

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