With the start of the New Year, it’s not uncommon to see people trying to get in shape. Taking the dog out for a walk is always a good start. But sometimes a simple walk can turn into an ordeal if your dog doesn’t have the proper training. Think a New Year’s Resolution for your four-legged friend may not be such a bad idea? Here are a few ideas for you and your dog.
If taking your dog out is more trouble than enjoyment, you may consider obedience class. The Capital Dog Training Club in Silver Spring offers classes that focus on basic obedience and puppy socialization.
The Premier Dog Training, LLC in Bethesda also offers obedience lessons as well as classes that focus on specific problems, like leash manners, aggression, incessant barking and more. In-home lessons are also available.
Dog Parks: Off-the-Leash Fun
If your pooch loves to run, why not take it to a dog park? The Cabin John Dog Park in Bethesda offers a half acre for your dog to roam and explore. Of course, your dog needs to be socialized to other dogs. Be sure to check out their website for information on permits and fees.
Things to Keep in Mind When You’re Out with Your Dog
Pick Up the Poo
Okay, so obviously no one looks forward to this part of the walk. Nevertheless, you still have to. Aside from the fact that you can be fined for leaving your dog’s leavings behind, it’s just plain disgusting and irresponsible. Be considerate and keep your neighborhood clean.
Keep It Leashed
Tempting as it may be to let your dog run free, it’s important to keep your dog on a leash at ALL times. Regardless of whether your pup is the sweetest, most obedient dog ever, you can be fined $100 or more if your dog is caught unleashed in a public place.
Retractable leashes can also create problems if your dog is too far ahead (or behind) for you to control it. Your best bet is to choose a six-foot cloth leash to have a safe, enjoyable walk.
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