4. Let them smell - Dogs get easily distracted with all the smells that the big city presents, and while they’re merrily sniffing the latest pee on the sidewalk, we have a tendency to tug them away. What we should do is let them sniff. Dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their world and we need to respect that.
5. Build relationships with dog walkers, kennels and doggy day care - You never know when you might need to call on their services, so do your best to facilitate a relationship so you feel comfortable leaving your furry friend in their care when the time comes.
6. Be mindful of what he puts in his mouth - The city streets are chock full of enticing things for your dog to taste. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for what your dog is sampling off of the pavement, and if necessary give him a chew toy to keep him occupied.
7. Check his paws regularly - Urban areas can prove rough for your doggy’s delicate feet. Be on the lookout for broken glass or any other nasty street trash that could tear or puncture your pup’s paws and aim to give them a quick once over after each outing.
8. Give them something to do all day – If you’re out all day at work and your pooch is stuck at home, don’t expect him to entertain himself. Dogs need mental stimulation. One of the best ways to keep him busy is to hide his food around the house. As well as tiring him out, this exercise will also help build confidence and agility.
9. Choose the right leash – Depending on your dog’s personality, your choice of leash and collar can be a vital tool to keep your dog safely by your side and out of harm’s way. With so many options available it can be overwhelming. Take the time to understand how each different type can be utilized to your advantage allowing you to be in control of the walk.
10. Take a trip to the countryside – Just like humans, dogs needs to disconnect from city life and reconnect with the natural world. Try to make an effort to take your pup on a day trip away from the city at least once a month where he can roam free and experience the joys of the nature (and you can too).
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