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Leash Etiquette 101: A Guide to Dog Walking and Exploring

As the vibrant hues of spring beckon us outdoors, many dog owners eagerly anticipate exploring the wonders of the season with their furry companions. However, amidst the beauty of blooming flowers and warmer weather, it's crucial for dog owners to prioritize safety and practice responsible leash etiquette.

Here are some tips to ensure a joyful and secure experience for both you and your canine friend. 

1. The Power of the Leash

The leash is your best friend when it comes to keeping your dog safe during spring adventures. Whether strolling through a park or navigating a bustling neighborhood, always keep your dog on a leash. This not only prevents them from getting lost or hurt but also ensures they don't unintentionally disturb wildlife or other park-goers.

2. Mindful Exploring

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and the great outdoors is teeming with sights and scents that can captivate your dog's attention. While it's natural for them to be curious, be mindful of their explorations. Avoid allowing them to wander into flower beds, disturb wildlife, or approach other dogs without consent from their owners.

3. Clean Up After Your Pup

This one is no brainer but we felt like mentioning anyway! With the thawing of winter, the world becomes a canvas of blossoms and greenery. Amidst this beauty, it's essential to be responsible and clean up after your dog. Our pro tip: always carry a separate poo bag tucked in your Peachy Dogs poop bag. This way if you are out, you always have that extra one handy! 

4. Mind Your Fellow Dog Walkers

Spring is a popular time for dog owners to hit the pavement, so be considerate of others sharing the walking paths. Keep a safe distance from fellow walkers, and always ask for permission before allowing your dog to approach another pup. Not all dogs are social butterflies, and some may prefer a little space.

5. Be Mindful of Retractable Leashes

While retractable leashes offer flexibility, they may not be the best choice in busy environments. A sudden pull on a retractable leash can catch others off guard and create entanglements and accidents. Opt for a fixed-length leash when walking in crowded areas to maintain better control.

6. Master the Art of Short Leash Walking

Keeping your pup close to your side is a key item in our leash etiquette list. Maintain control by keeping your dog on a short leash, especially in crowded or unfamiliar areas. This allows you to guide them effectively while avoiding potential incidents with fellow walkers, dogs, cyclists and cars!

7. Watch Your Dog's Body Language

Understanding your dog's body language is crucial for a safe and enjoyable walk. Keep an eye on signs of distress, fear, or excitement. If your dog seems uncomfortable or overly eager, adjust your pace and distance accordingly to ensure a positive experience.

8. Practice Recall Commands

Train your dog to respond reliably to recall commands, such as "come" or "stay." This is especially important in off-leash areas or when encountering unexpected situations. A well-trained recall ensures that your dog can be quickly brought under control when necessary.

As the season slowly unfolds and the world transforms into a tapestry of colors, let's embrace spring responsibly. Happy walking!


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