Eurobodalla Animal Welfare League tips on walking your canine companion

Do you take your dog for a walk, or does your canine take you?

Narooma Dog Training Club advises that a properly fitted collar and lead, along with positive reinforcement through obedience training works wonders for the enjoyment of your daily stroll.

Narooma Dog Training Club member, Sandy with Pandora all geared up and ready for their walk.

Narooma Dog Training Club member, Sandy with Pandora all geared up and ready for their walk.

But how to find the right equipment? There are so many different options on the market.

"At Narooma Dog Training Club (NDTC) we help you choose the right gear, and show you how to fit and use it effectively. We don't ever use metal check chains, pronged collars or extender leads in any of our training programs," a NDTC spokesperson said.

The club advises a collar and fixed lead are just the starting point. Head halters, or halties, are excellent for dogs that are pulling on the lead as they gently bring the dog's head back towards you, keeping your pet focussed and on task.

"A few dog breeds with short muzzles, such as pugs and bulldogs, will do better with half check collars also known as martingale collars that are also excellent for small dog breeds and puppies as the collar tightens gently to the size of the neck.

"The last thing you want is for your dog to 'slip' its collar when you are strolling down a busy road, so it is important to use the right equipment. Add to this some obedience training and you have a great recipe for an enjoyable walk with your dog."

Narooma Dog Training Club is also reminding dog owners that their animal needs to be properly secured when travelling and recommends using a car harness.

Narooma Dog Training Club student Zac ready for his walk.

Narooma Dog Training Club student Zac ready for his walk.

They also advise you can be fined if dogs are not secured properly when they are travelling the car.

It is also illegal to ride a bicycle, scooter, or motorbike leading a dog along beside you. Heavy fines apply and you could loose demerit points.

"Be safe with your dog and enjoy their company whether on foot or in your car."

For more information about obedience training call NDTC on 0458 953 281.

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