Master the Art of Dog Walking: Essential Tips for Dog Owners | Dr.Shiba

Master the Art of Dog Walking: Essential Tips for Dog Owners | Dr.Shiba

Taking your dog for a walk is undoubtedly one of the most delightful activities you and your furry best friend can share. Not only does it offer your beloved pooch an opportunity to explore the great outdoors and bond with you, but it also provides both of you with much-needed exercise and mental stimulation to melt away the stress of a busy week. 

To ensure that you and your dog make the most out of every walk, we've compiled some helpful tips that will elevate your dog-walking experience to new heights. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with your canine companion!



GRWD (Get Ready With Your Dog)


1. Prepare the Essentials

Just like humans, dogs need their walk essentials, too. Before heading out, prepare a "walk kit" containing everything your pup might need, like a collar or harness, leash, healthy treats, poop bags, and outdoor toys. Don't forget to plan appropriate walking outfits for you and your little buddy, too!

2. Choose the Right Collar, Harness, and Leash

Make sure your dog is comfortable with their collar and leash, and choose a leash length that's easy to handle. For example, if you have a small dog that likes to explore, a retractable leash might work best. On the other hand, if you have a strong, large dog, a sturdy, fixed-length leash will give you more control. A harness can also be a great option, especially for dogs that tend to pull, as it distributes the pressure evenly across their chest and back.

3. Reward Good Behavior

Treat your furry family member to healthy, yummy snacks when they display good behavior, and bring out those chewy toys during breaks for some extra fun. This not only keeps them engaged but also reinforces positive behavior. For instance, if your dog walks calmly by your side or sits patiently while you chat with a neighbor, give them a treat and praise them for being a good boy or girl.


Finding Dog-Friendly Places Near You

1. Research Dog-Friendly Locations

Familiarize yourself with dog-friendly places in Metro Manila and in other locations in the Philippines, like dog-friendly trails, parks, and shopping centers. Always check the specific requirements of the park before bringing your dog. Some parks may require vaccination records or a pet ID, so it's essential to be prepared.

2. Create a Dog-Walking Bucket List

Make a list of dog-friendly places you'd like to visit with your furry friend. This can include local parks, beaches, and even dog-friendly cafes or restaurants. Having a variety of options ensures that you and your dog will always have a new adventure to look forward to.



Poop Bags are a Must


1. Be a Responsible Dog Owner

Allow your pup toilet breaks during walks and be a responsible owner by picking up after them. Carry a poop bag holder and dispose of the filled bags in public garbage cans, or bring them home for proper disposal.

2. Get to Know the Local Regulations

Familiarize yourself with local regulations and etiquette when it comes to picking up after your dog. Some cities may have strict rules, while others might be more lenient. Nonetheless, cleaning up after your dog is not only considerate but also helps keep public spaces clean and enjoyable for everyone.



Taking Control

1. Establish Yourself as the Pack Leader

Establish yourself as the pack leader by walking in front of your dog, keeping them close to you with a short leash, and training them to stop and sit at intersections in busy areas. This will make your walks safe and enjoyable.

2. Train Your Dog to Heel

Teaching your dog to walk calmly by your side without pulling on the leash is essential for enjoyable walks. Start by teaching the "heel" command in a quiet, familiar environment. With your dog on a leash, hold a treat in your hand and use it to guide them to your side. As they follow the treat, say the command "heel" and reward them once they are in the correct position. 

Practice this regularly, gradually increasing the difficulty by adding distractions and walking in more challenging environments.

3. Adapt to Different Walking Scenarios

Be prepared to adjust your walking style depending on the situation. For instance, if you're walking in a crowded area, keep your dog close and use a short leash. In more open spaces, you can allow them more freedom to explore, as long as they remain under your control. 

During rainy weather, make sure you and your dog are dressed appropriately for the wet weather, with waterproof gear and non-slip footwear. On hot summer days, consider walking during cooler times of the day, such as early mornings or evenings, and keep your doggo hydrated..

Handling Worst-Case Scenarios


1. Stay Alert and Observant

Remain vigilant for potential distractions and hazards while walking your dog. Stay close to safe, less crowded areas and monitor the weather to ensure an enjoyable stroll.

2. Prepare for Emergency Situations

In case of an emergency, like your dog getting injured or coming across an aggressive dog, remain calm and take control of the situation. Carry a small first-aid kit for minor injuries and be ready to contact a veterinarian if needed. If you encounter an aggressive dog, calmly and assertively guide your dog away from the situation while maintaining a safe distance.

3. Gear Up for Rainy Strolls

If you decide to venture out on a rainy day, make sure both you and your dog are well-prepared. Here are some tips to keep your walks enjoyable and safe:

  • Dress for the weather: Wear a waterproof jacket and non-slip footwear to stay dry and comfortable. For your dog, consider a waterproof dog coat and booties to protect them from the rain and cold.
  • Choose a short, sturdy leash: A shorter leash provides better control and helps prevent your dog from wandering into puddles or muddy areas.
  • Opt for well-lit, paved routes: Avoid muddy trails and poorly lit areas. Instead, choose familiar, paved paths with proper lighting to minimize the risk of accidents.
  • Towel-dry your dog: When you return home, make sure to dry your dog thoroughly with a towel, paying special attention to their paws, to prevent discomfort and potential health issues.

3. Prepare for the summer season

During the summer months, taking care of your dog requires special attention to ensure their well-being. Hydration is of utmost importance, as dogs can easily become dehydrated in the heat. Always provide fresh and cool water for them to drink, and consider adding ice cubes to their bowl to help keep it chilled. Avoid taking your dog for walks during the hottest parts of the day, opting for early mornings or late evenings when the temperature is cooler. Provide shaded areas in your yard or patio where your dog can rest and cool down. Never leave them in a parked car, as temperatures can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke. If your dog enjoys water, you can set up a small kiddie pool or mist them with water to help them cool off. Lastly, be mindful of hot surfaces like asphalt, which can burn their paws.

Important Reminder: When the weather is particularly severe, such as during a typhoon, it's best to stay indoors for both your and your pet’s safety. You can still keep your dog engaged and active with these indoor exercises.



Fostering Social Skills in Your Dog

1.  Socialise Your Dog

Train your dog to comfortably mingle with other people and pets to make interactions during walks more enjoyable. A well-socialized dog is less likely to exhibit fear, aggression, or anxiety when meeting new dogs or people.

2. Introduce Your Dog to New Experiences

Expose your dog to various environments, people, and other animals to help them become more comfortable and confident in different situations. Start slow and gradually increase the level of difficulty. Always reward positive interactions and be patient as your dog learns to navigate social situations.


Dog-Friendly Places in Metro Manila

1. Parks and Trails

Metro Manila offers several dog-friendly parks and trails where you can enjoy a leisurely walk with your furry friend. Some popular options include: 

  • Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati
  • Capitol Commons Park in Ortigas Center, Pasig
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City

2. Pet-Centric Establishments

Take your dog to pet-centric establishments like PetMe BGC and The Paw Club Philippines at SM by the BAY for a fun day out. These venues offer a safe environment for your dog to socialize and play with other dogs.

3. Weekend Markets and Open Spaces

Makati weekend markets are a great place to walk your dog and indulge in some shopping. Open spaces like Eastwood City in QCBonifacio High Street, and Serendra also offer a relaxed atmosphere for a leisurely stroll with your pet.

4. Pet-Friendly Shopping Centers

Uptown Mall and Bark Central are popular shopping centers that welcome dogs. Bring your well-behaved pup for a day of shopping and bonding.



Taking your dog for a walk is a fun and enjoyable thing to do. It helps you and your little fur ball of sunshine to become healthy—physically and mentally. It also gives you time to bond with your four-legged friend. 

To make the most of your time together, it's important to put in the effort to ensure each walk is safe, engaging, and memorable. By being prepared and mindful, you can transform every walk into a cherished experience with your beloved pet. So go ahead, take that time off, and start planning the perfect adventure for you and your best friend!


Q. How many times and for how long do I need to walk my dog? 

The number of walks your dog needs will depend on their breed, age, and energy levels. Generally, dogs should be walked at least once a day for 30 minutes to an hour.

Q. How can I stop my dog from pulling on the leash? 

To stop your dog from leash pulling, use a no-pull harness, train them with the "heel" command, and reward good behavior with treats and praise.

Q. How can I walk multiple dogs at once? 

Walking multiple dogs can be a challenge, but it's doable with some practice. Use leashes of equal length, assign one hand per dog, and consider using a coupler or multi-dog leash to make things easier.

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