Meet the Vizsla

The Vizsla is a highly energetic Hungarian dog that excels at hunting, agility and search and rescue work. They are sometimes called the Hungarian Vizsla or the Hungarian Pointer.

This medium size hunting dog originated from Central Europe. The Vizsla was developed in Hungary as a hunting dog that was capable of both pointing and retrieving. Once upon a time the Vizsla hunted in partnership with falcons. The Vizsla would point and flush out the bird and then the falcon would dive and bring it to earth.

During World War I, the Vizsla served as a messenger dog. The effects of World War I and World War II nearly brought an end to this breed, but it managed to survive. In the 1950’s, Americans began taking an interest in the breed and it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960.

In the present day, the Vizsla is much more than a hunting dog and a companion. Vizslas can work as guide dogs, drug detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Some were even working at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Overview of the Vizsla

The Vizsla is lightly built but muscular. Their golden rust color distinguishes the Vizsla from other breeds. Stealthy and elegant, the Vizsla is quick and can run at very high speeds.

The Vizsla is big but not too big. It stands about 21 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 50 to 65 pounds. The male is larger than the female. The average lifespan for the Vizsla is 10 to 14 years.

A hunting dog by nature, the Vizsla is always on the lookout for interesting scents.

If you are looking for a dog that you can spend a lot of time with and if you can give him plenty of opportunity to run, hike and play every day, then the Vizsla is the dog for you. The Vizsla is a very active people-oriented dog who requires a lot of daily exercise. Without it, the Vizsla will become bored and destructive. This is a dog who does not want to be separated from his family, so it is not a breed that can live outside in the yard.

The Vizsla is great with children and other dogs, however this breed is untrustworthy around pet cats and other small pets.

The Vizsla is intelligent and loves a good puzzle toy. He thrives on gentle consistent training from an early age. Training should begin the day you bring you Vizsla home. They are natural born chewers, so keep your Vizsla entertained with plenty of fun chew toys.

This hunting dog is capable of pointing and retrieving before they are a year old. This versatile hunter can point and also retrieve on land or from the water.

Personality of the Vizsla

The Vizsla loves spending time outdoors. This breed loves hunting birds and has an innate instinct to target them.

The Vizsla is a highly energetic dog who makes a great companion for hikers, runners or active owners who spend a lot of time outdoors. The Vizsla can become frustrated and destructive if not given adequate daily exercise – at least an hour per day. They require a lot of strenuous exercise every day like running, jogging, playing fetch or dog sports. They need to run, swim or have the run of a large enclosed area. They do best in homes with fenced yards where they can run and play.

This is a gentle, affectionate and sensitive breed. He is fearless and more protective of his family than the average Sporting dog, which makes the Vizsla a very good watchdog. The Vizsla can be very stubborn. Sometimes the Vizsla is timid and others can be overly excitable, depending on the dog. Most often, they are full of energy, warm, sensitive and gentle.

Because of its hard working nature, the Vizsla is happiest when it  has a job to do. That job can be a hunting companion or a therapy dog. Vizslas also love to accompany their humans while jogging and hiking.

The Vizsla is a lively, loving, gentle friend who will more than return the love you give him. They thrive on human companionship and will follow family members from room to room. They love to be touched and petted by their humans. They are very affectionate with children and make great companions for older, energetic kids. (The Vizsla is not recommended for homes with very young children.)

Meet the English Pointer

The English Pointer, also known as the Pointer, is a friendly and intelligent dog in the Sporting Group that excels at hunting. They have a strong athletic build and high energy levels. This is a graceful dog with an elegant carriage. The English Pointer is very even tempered. They get along well with children and are not aggressive toward people or other dogs.

Overview of the English Pointer

This breed stands about 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 44 and 75 pounds. The males tend to be larger than the females. The average lifespan for an English Pointer is 12 to 15 years. These dogs come in a variety of colors including liver, white, lemon, orange and black. Most English Pointers are bi-colored, but there are also solid colored English Pointers. Some English Pointers are tri-color. These dogs are considered to be average shedders.

The exact history of the English Pointer is unknown with records of the breed dating back to the 17th century when the breed was used to point to hare. In the 18th century when wing-shooting became popular, the English Pointer was used as a bird locator. The English Pointer would find game, indicate its location and remain still while the hunter got ready to take a shot.

It is thought that the English Pointer breed was developed from four breeds with strong hunting characteristics – the Greyhound, the Foxhound, the Bull Terrier and the Bloodhound.

The English Pointer is also known as a “gun dog” because of the characteristic pose they strike when they catch the scent of game. They stand motionless with their head lowered and their nose pointed toward the game. The tail is held horizontally in line with the head and back and one leg is raised and bent at the wrist.

Personality of the English Pointer

Because the English Pointer was bred for hunting, it is a rowdy, high energy dog that needs a lot of daily exercise. The English Pointer is happiest when he is running. They need at least an hour of exertion every day. The English Pointer enjoys hiking and running. Without vigorous daily exercise, the English Pointer will become unhappy, frustrated and destructive in the home, or he may develop other behavioral problems like barking. The English Pointer needs plenty of space to exercise outdoors and is not suited for apartment or city living.

All English Pointers have strong hunting instincts.

This active, friendly breed is very affectionate with its family members. They love to spend time with their humans and enjoy playing with children when they are raised together from a young age. While they are gentle and sweet, the English Pointer can also be energetic and rambunctious, so they should be supervised around small children. In general, the English Pointer gets along well with other dogs and household pets when they are raised together, but birds can be a problem.

The English Pointer is considered to be more independent than many other dog breeds. Some are strong willed and stubborn, but others make great family pets that are patient with children and good with other pets in the home.

The English Pointer likes to greet everyone they meet. The breed is welcoming to strangers. They are not considered to be watchdogs, but they will bark and warn you if strangers approach.

The English Pointer is strong willed, so it is important that you start training from an early age. The breed is very intelligent, so they pick up on training quickly.

What people love about the English Pointer

The English Pointer is a friendly dog and a loving member of the family. This breed loves sitting with you on the sofa and playing with the children. The English Pointer is very friendly and affectionate with its family members.

If you are a runner, hiker or bicyclist, you will find that your English Pointer is a wonderful exercise companion.

The English Pointer is very easy to care for. This breed has a short, smooth coat that does not require a lot of grooming. Just give your English Pointer a weekly brushing and you’re good to go. Pointers only need to be bathed three or four times a year unless they have a tendency to roll in the dirt.

To learn more about the pointer breeds, go to All About the Different Types of Pointer Breeds.

Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer can do almost any job. They are great hunters. The Air Force has used this breed to detect bombs. They are avid game hunters and water retrievers. They also excel at dog sports.

Originally from Germany, the low-maintenance breed is moderately easy to train.

A versatile hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer can point birds and also hunt rabbits and raccoons. It can trail deer and retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a great hunting dog – but for an active family he is also a great family pet. Affectionate and friendly, this breed is very energetic and highly intelligent. Alert and protective, the German Shorthaired Pointer is also an excellent watchdog.

Overview of the German Shorthaired Pointer

A male German Shorthaired Pointer will stand 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Females are smaller. They stand about 21 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. Their average lifespan is between 12 and 14 years. Their coat is solid liver (a reddish brown color), or liver and white in distinctive patterns.

This breed will hunt many different types of game, and will retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is also an affectionate companion that needs plenty of vigorous exercise.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very versatile dog that demands much of your energy and attention. If you do not have at least an hour or two to devote to exercise or walking on a daily basis, the German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice for you. These dogs require daily activity that gets their hearts pumping.

A German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice if you live in an apartment.

If you love the great outdoors and you enjoy having your dog with you, a German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent companion for a long hike or run. Or, teach him how to run alongside you when you go for a bicycle ride.

This breed is people oriented. He loves spending time with his family and is very loyal and protective.

The German Shorthaired Pointer does not do well when left alone for long periods of time. If your German Shorthaired Pointer does not get enough exercise and attention, it is likely that both you and he will be very unhappy. A bored German Shorthaired Pointer who does not get sufficient exercise will get into destructive behaviors like digging up the yard, climbing fences to escape, barking and chasing small animals and pets.

This energetic and intelligent breed is enthusiastic at work and play. They love to run and hike. They also love to swim and they’re built for it with webbed feet and a water-resistant coat.

Personality of the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very active dog, but once all of his exercise needs have been taken care of, he is a calm house dog that loves to be a member of the family. He has excellent manners, and he is loyal and fearless. The German Shorthaired Pointer bonds firmly to his family. He enjoys playing with children and will happily play all day. He also enjoys some good couch time with you and is a very loving companion.

The German Shorthaired Pointer likes to be with people and is great with children (although he can be a bit rambunctious with smaller children). He doesn’t like being left home alone for long periods of time. If he is not given regular exercise and companionship, he can become nervous and destructive.

Highly intelligent, the German Shorthaired Pointer learns quickly at an early age. Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. If you wait until he is six months old to begin training you will be dealing with a much more headstrong dog.

Your German Shorthaired Pointer is very protective of his family. He will bark to warn you of strangers on your property, but he is usually not aggressive towards humans and other dogs. He will, however, chase after cats, birds and other small animals.

The German Shorthaired Pointer can have a mind of his own. Because he is big, muscular, strong and enthusiastic, he needs to be trained to behave around children and other household pets.

This breed is always up for physical activities like running or swimming.

What people love about the German Shorthaired Pointer

There are so many things to love about the German Shorthaired Pointer. This is a loyal, loving dog who loves being part of a family. He will be content to sit with you on the couch and spend some quality time with you. The German Shorthaired Pointer also loves children and he enjoys playing with them for as long as they want to play. He is enthusiastic, playful and smart.

All About the Different Types of Pointer Breeds

The pointer breeds are hard-working dogs that are thought to have originated in Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Eastern Europe. The first pointers may have appeared in England in the mid-17th century. This hunting breed is driven to follow scents in the wind and to indicate their prey’s position by pointing to it with their bodies. The pointer breeds are medium-sized dogs with an average weight of 45 to 75 pounds. They stand 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and have an average lifespan of about 12 to 17 years. The coat comes in several colors, either solid or in patterns.

Born hunters, pointers will stand still with one foot raised off the ground to point the hunter in the right direction of the prey. Their hunting instincts may be sparked by birds, rabbits and cats, but pointers can usually get along with indoor cats when they are raised with them. Even if you are not out hunting, it’s in their nature, so pointer breeds will constantly stop to point to birds. Their hunting instincts develop early on, and they will retain what they learn throughout their lifetime.

Pointer breeds are great hunters, but at home these fun-loving dogs love to spend some quality time with you on the sofa or to play all day long with the children. They love people and when given the opportunity, pointer breeds can become great friends. They also love outside activities. The pointer breeds are very protective in nature and will alert you to the presence of strangers, making them excellent watchdogs. The pointer breeds are good natured dogs that are not generally aggressive.

Pointer breeds have many great attributes as a companion. They are loyal, hard-working and even-tempered. They also run hard and fast, making them good companions for a runner or cyclist. These dogs are also naturals at dog sports.

These pointer breeds have short, smooth coats that are very easy to care for and their fine coats shed very little. Just give your pointer a weekly brushing and you’re good to go.

The pointer is a very versatile breed and an exceptional family dog. Pointer breeds are energetic and fun-loving, and they are very well suited to active homes where they will be a member of the family. They are loyal and true friends.

Pointer breeds are strong and energetic with a mind of their own. They may be a little too much dog for an older person or a first-time dog owner, since they need consistent training and an hour or two or daily play, walks or exercise. When they don’t get enough exercise pointers can be very destructive with chewing, digging and other unwanted activities. This is especially true when they are young.

Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer

Originally from Germany, this low-maintenance breed is moderately easy to train. Their coat is solid liver (a reddish brown color), or liver and white in distinctive patterns.

A versatile hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer can point birds and also hunt rabbits and raccoons. It can trail deer and retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a great hunting dog – but for an active family he is also a great family pet. This breed is very energetic and highly intelligent. Alert and protective, the German Shorthaired Pointer is also an excellent watchdog.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very versatile dog that demands much of your energy and attention. If you do not have at least an hour or two to devote to exercise or walking on a daily basis, the German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice for you. These dogs require daily activity that gets their hearts pumping.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very active dog, but once all of his exercise needs have been taken care of, he is a calm house dog that loves to be a member of the family. He has excellent manners, and he is loyal and fearless. The German Shorthaired Pointer bonds firmly to his family. He enjoys playing with children and will happily play all day. He also enjoys some good couch time with you and is a very loving companion.

To learn more about the German Shorthaired Pointer, go to Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Meet the English Pointer

The English Pointer, also known as the Pointer, is a friendly and intelligent dog in the Sporting Group that excels at hunting. It has a strong athletic build and high energy levels. This is a graceful dog with an elegant carriage. The English Pointer is very even tempered. They get along well with children and are not aggressive toward people or other dogs.

The Truth About Your Dog’s Droppings and the Effect on Your Lawn

We all have a special place in our hearts for our pooches. However, most dog owners would tell you their daily droppings aren’t the most fun thing to deal with. In fact, picking up Fido’s mess is a top annoyance for many Americans. But picking up dog poop is an essential part of keeping both your lawn and yourself healthy. Learn more of the truth about your dog’s droppings and the effect on your lawn with these common myths:

Myth #1: It’s Just Poop, It Can’t Make Me Sick

Truth: Dog waste contains millions of bacteria that could lead to some severe health problems. Allowing dog poop to stay on your lawn creates a higher risk of getting sick. Dogs and other animals (including yourself!) could step in the poop and transit tiny particles to other areas of the home. Carpets, furniture, and other spots where your dog walks can contain harmful bacteria. Common problems associated with dog feces include intestinal issues, diarrhea, and kidney disorders.

Dog poop can also pose problems for your dog and other pets. Roundworms and tapeworms are often found in dog poop which can spread to other animals. This intestinal issue can make your pets and you sick.

Myth #2: Dog Waste Fertilizes My Lawn

Truth: While you may see more growth in certain areas of the lawn where your dog likes to relieve himself, dog poop does more damage than good. Dog urine is high in nitrogen and can cause dead patches of grass. Dog poop also creates an unsightly “landmine” situation where you and your family can’t enjoy the lawn that you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

Dog waste isn’t a good fertilizer like cow manure. Spreading dog waste onto a garden can contaminate the produce.

Myth #3: Heartworm Spreads Through Dog Poop

Truth: Heartworm is a horrible disease that has become a significant problem for many pet owners. Although it would be easy to blame dog poop for spreading the parasite, heartworm actually spreads through mosquito bites.

Myth #4: My Neighbors Don’t Really Care

Truth: Your neighbors do care! Many homeowners associations will fine an owner who doesn’t pick up after Fido since the poop creates an eyesore for the neighborhood. Dog poop also produces an unpleasant smell which can cause a big stink with your neighbors. About 10 million tons of dog poop is not picked up each year creating a germy, unsightly damper on the environment. It’s one of the biggest contributors to urban watershed pollution in the country. The feces gets swept away by stormwater and contaminates creeks, rivers, and ponds. This issue has created division among many neighbors who find dog poop in their yard… especially if they don’t own a dog.

Myth #5: It’s Not A Big Deal

Truth: The fact is that dog poop left on the lawn can become an eyesore for your home. Those who pass by may think that the inside of your home is also not cared for. If you’re trying to sell your home, allowing dog poop to pile up in the backyard is a major turn off and can significantly reduce the value of your home.

Now that we have debunked the common myths about dog poop and your lawn, what can you do to keep your lawn healthy?

Pick It Up On A Regular Basis

We’re all busy so you may not have time to pick up dog poop every day. So set a goal of picking up poop every three days to keep the lawn clean. This will help keep the smell down in the yard as well as allow the grass to have a chance to bounce back. This is an excellent job for older kids, like teenagers, who understand good hygiene after coming in contact with fecal matter.

Take Bags Along

Walking your dog is a significant part of owning a pet. Daily walks help the dog get exercise and can cut down on hyperactivity while inside the home. Make sure you always have a bag with you on walks in case your pup relieves himself on someone else’s lawn. If you forgot your bag, make a note of the mess and make sure to come back after the walk to clean up after your pet.

Where to Discard Poop

Many homeowners end up gathering the poop and throwing it in the trash. This can lead to a stinky home if forgotten or left in a trash can indoors. Of course, you could always flush the poop when you get home. Some pet care companies have introduced new biodegradable pet waste bags that will slowly decompose.

Create A Designated Spot

When bringing home a new dog or puppy, consider training them to only poop in one area of the yard. This can cut down on your need to hunt for poop all over the yard and make it easier to care for your lawn and your pet. Pet proofing your yard and garden is also a good way to keep your dog safe when left outdoors unsupervised.

Properly Care for Your Lawn

For those areas of the lawn that your dog visits often, diluting the spots with water. This will help break up the concentration of nitrogen and allow your grass a chance to recover. Other options include spreading lime over the lawn to help neutralize the acidic parts. Reseed bare spots where the grass has died and consider adding fertilizer to help lawn growth.

Top 5 BEST Dog Halloween Costumes

It’s estimated that 15 percent of Americans will buy costumes for their pets and will spend almost three times more on costumes for children than they will for pets. The business of pet costumes has been growing.  It’s no longer about a simple bandana or  Santa hat on your dog.

When it comes to dressing up your dog in a costume, some pet costume options are just better. Our Top 5 Dog Costume list is filled with the most hilarious, adorable and favorite pet costumes out there!

Our Top 10 list was compiled by conducting interviews with pet owners just like you. Plus, we vetted the costumes based on quality and actual customer reviews from Chewy.com.

#1: Prisoner Dog & Cat Costume

With the Frisco Prisoner Dog & Cat Costume, your pooch or kitty will be the cutest jail-pet around. Dress up you fur-gitive with this two-piece costume that includes a prisoner’s hat complete with an adjustable chin strap for a secure fit, and a pull-over style shirt with bars for an authentic look. Perfect for all shapes and sizes.

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#2:  Werewolf Dog & Cat Costume

Full moon or not, your furry one can get a whole lot furrier wearing the Frisco Werewolf Dog & Cat Costume. This three-piece werewolf costume comes complete with fluffy hands, “ripped” pants, plaid shirt, furry hat, and removable cape. Perfect for themed photo shoots!

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#3:  Hotdog and Ketchup Costume

Hold the dog, because your pooch or kitty is actually the hotdog in the Frisco Hotdog Ketchup Dog & Cat Costume. Dress up your pal in between two plush sesame-seed buns and a generous squirt of squishy ketchup on the back. It’s super easy to put on thanks to the Velcro straps on the belly and the neck.

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#4:  Red Riding Hood Costume

Whether she’s a wolf or just a sweet little girl on her way to grandma’s house, your precious pup will bring the fairy tale to life with the Rubie’s Costume Company Red Riding Hood Dog Costume. She’s sure to turn plenty of heads strolling through the woods or at a pet parade

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#5:  Devil Dog Costume

Give your little angel a new look with the Zack & Zoey Sequin Devil Dog Costume. A must-have for your Halloween party—or just a share-worthy photo op—your friends will love the sparkling cape that is decked out in sequins for a devilishly cute effect.

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Tips for Walking Small Dogs

Here is everything you need to know about walking small dogs.

First of all, yes, it is important to walk a small dog. Dogs that lack sufficient activity can exhibit mental problems, behavioral problems, and obesity. Small dogs are more prone to heart issues and obesity than large dogs, and daily exercise can help to prevent these problems and extend your dog’s life.

Walking small dogs is just as important as walking large dogs. In addition to the physical health issues, all dogs need mental stimulation to help avoid behavioral problems caused by boredom. When you take your dog outside for a walk, you introduce him to the chance to explore a wealth of new things. Regular exercise can also help prevent aggression, fear, anxiety, and hyperactivity in your small dog. To learn more about hyperactivity, go to Hyperactivity (ADHD) in Dogs.

A short two block walk with your small dog a few times a week can help to prevent multiple health issues like joint problems, muscular issues, heart problems, mange and other diseases.

Walking small dogs can be challenging. Their short legs may look like they are struggling, but every dog needs some exercise to stay healthy and happy. Owners of small breed dogs have noted that walking their dog has helped them to calm down. Walking small dogs can also help to lessen or eliminate Napoleon’s Syndrome, which is so common in small dogs.

Walking small dogs can help to regulate their temperament and make your dog a better companion. They can take any hyperactive or rowdy behavior and put it into their exercise.

How Far or How Long Should I Walk My Small Dog?

A small dog needs about a half hour a day outdoors to maintain their health. You can break this time into two 15 minute walks.

Your small dog needs daily walks to stay healthy and to control their weight. But too much of a good thing can be harmful, so moderation is the key. Small dogs like bulldogs and pugs have squished faces and their shortened muzzles limit airflow. That means they can get overheated pretty quickly if they’re out too long.

When considering how long and how far to walk your small breed dog, you should always consider your dog’s age and health level. These factors will determine how much time your dog should be spending on daily walks.

What to Do If You Encounter a Bigger Dog on Your Walk

It’s only natural to worry about your small dog’s safety while out on a walk. There have been instances where larger dogs approach and harm the small dog, sometimes badly injuring or even killing the small dog.

If you’re out on a walk and you encounter a bigger dog, it’s best to scoop your dog up so you can help to protect him or her. The most important thing in this scenario is not to act alarmed or frightened. Even though every fiber of your being may be struck with fear, you don’t want to make yourself more of a target. It is best to act calm so that you seem in control of the situation. Do not yell at the bigger dog. This only makes the encounter more interesting to him at a time when he is looking for some physical activity.

To learn more about walking a dog, go to The Pet Owner’s Guide to Walking a Dog.

How Much Should You Walk Your Dog?

Dogs need regular exercise to keep them happy and healthy. That includes a daily walk. Here are a few reasons why walks are so important.

  • Health benefits – Exercise can help to prevent obesity. Your dog’s cardiovascular system and digestive system will both work better with regular walks. Walking can also improve joint health.
  • Mental stimulation – Walking to new places and seeing new things can help to keep your dog mentally alert. Walking improves mental health and reduces unwanted behaviors like chewing, digging, anxiety and unnecessary barking.
    Socialization – Walks can provide a variety of learning experiences for your dog and help him to feel more comfortable in new environments.

How Much Should I Walk My Dog?

If you’re a dog owner, you may have asked yourself, “How much should I walk my dog?” The answer is – it depends on the dog.

As a general rule, an average dog in good health should be able to tolerate a 20-minute walk each day. If you have a more active breed, your dog may tolerate up to a 60-minute walk. With an older dog or with a breed that is more sedentary, a 15 to 20-minute walk may be best.

We all want the best for our dogs. That means you don’t want your dog to get overweight. The risks associated with excess weight include diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and a reduced lifespan. Lack of exercise is one of the big reasons so many dogs are overweight. Walking is a good exercise for your dog – and for you. To learn more about obesity in dogs, go to 5 Ways to Combat the Pet Obesity Epidemic.

How Do I Know When My Dog Has Had Enough?

So, how much should I walk my dog? Begin with a 30-minute walk. You don’t want to wear your dog out, especially if he has been sedentary for a while, so you may have to work your way up to that half-hour mark. If you have an active breed, your dog will need an outlet for all that energy. And size doesn’t matter – some of the most active breeds are smaller breeds. With one of these dogs, 30 minutes should be considered the absolute minimum amount of time to walk. You’ll want to work yourself up to a 60-minute walk to provide your dog with enough exercise and mental stimulation. Dogs who are very young or old should never be walked for more than an hour. The amount of distance you walk depends upon how fast you walk and the size of your dog. Your dog may display signs like panting, hesitation and a slow gait when he is tired.

While pushing through some fatigue can help you become stronger, at other times you simply need a break to rest and rehydrate before you cause an injury. Start slowly and build up to your desired walk time. Don’t overdo it. Too much exercise will leave your dog sore and less willing to walk the next time.

When deciding how far you should walk your dog, you should think in terms of time, not distance. Dogs are of different sizes. So a one mile walk for a Great Dane is a lot different than a one mile walk for a Chihuahua. Keep in mind how far you are from home because you will need to retrace that distance to get back home. Always be conservative when deciding how far to go in one direction. Remember if you want to add more to the walk you can always retrace your steps when you get back to the beginning of the trail. Also remember that if your walk is mostly downhill at the beginning, it will be mostly uphill at the end when your dog is more tired.

If your dog is having a hard time tolerating a full walk, start by breaking the walk into two smaller walks. Shorter, more frequent walks are a good idea for puppies and older dogs.

Also, let the weather determine how long you will walk. If it’s a particularly hot day, cut back your walking time, especially when you are walking on a hot pavement. If it’s a cool day and your dog seems to be frisky, you may want to add on an additional five to ten minutes.

How Frequently Should You Walk Your Dog?

A minimum of two 15 minute walks are recommended for most dogs, however there are many variables to consider when determining how frequently you should walk your dog.

  • Breed – Some dogs have small bladders and will need to go out more often.
  • Size – Smaller dogs may not need to walk as long or as far. They just need the chance to go to the bathroom and to get some exercise.
  • Diet – Grain-free foods reduce the amount of waste your pet produces, so some diets may lead to more or less need for the dog to eliminate.
  • Water – Some dogs drink lots of water while others drink less frequently. Bigger drinkers will need to go out more often.
  • Age – If you have a puppy who is just learning bathroom habits, or an older dog, he may need to go out more often.

Many dogs will be happy with two walks a day while other dogs may need to go out more frequently.

What Are Dog Walking Services?

When you own a dog and you work outside the home, taking care of your dog’s daily needs is an ongoing concern. While you are gone for 10 to 12 hours at a time, who will be there to walk your dog? That’s why so many dog owners take advantage of local dog walking services.

Experts recommend hiring a dog walker if you’re going to be away from home more than eight or ten hours a day. Dogs who are left alone for long periods of time may begin to act destructively because they have no mental or physical stimulation.

While you’re gone, dog walking services can treat your dog to a nice walk. In addition to allowing him to go to the bathroom, it will give him a chance to get outdoors in the fresh air and take in the sights, and it will provide some much-needed exercise. It is a great solution for busy dog owners who just can’t be there to do it themselves.

Dog walking services can include private or semi-private on-leash walks, or it can include group outings where your dog is picked up along with several other dogs and driven to a local park for an off-leash adventure. Some dog walking services even offer training services. It all depends on the dog walking service and what it is that you want to provide for your dog.

To learn more, go to Keep Rover Moving: What to Look For in a Dog-Walking Service.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of dog walking services depends on a variety of factors. Most dog walkers charge by the walk. It also depends on whether you want a short 15-minute walk or a longer 30-minute walk. Each walk will cost a different amount.

Sometimes, dog walkers will give discounts to regular customers. For instance, if you hire a dog walker for 5 days a week instead of just one or two days a week, you may get a discount on their rate. However, the dog walker must pay for travel costs to and from your home and be compensated for time spent walking your dog, so don’t expect any big discounts.

The cost for dog walking services will also vary by region. Depending on where you live, dog walkers will price their services to be competitive with other dog walkers in the area. If you live in a city where dog walking is in high demand, you should expect to pay a little more for dog walking services.

In general, you should expect to pay a dog walker about $15 to $20 for a 20-minute walk and $20 to $30 for a 30-minute walk. For two walks a day, expect to pay between $30 and $45. If you own more than one dog, the dog walker will walk them at the same time. For a second dog, you can usually add $5 to $10 per walk.

How Do You Choose a Dog Walker?

When you hire a dog walker, you are entrusting your dog’s well-being to an unknown person. That can be dangerous. So it’s important to know as much as you can about the dog walker and to take precautions. On the plus side, you can hire a professional dog walker who knows how to handle animals and the situations that inevitably arise. On the other hand, your dog could end up being mistreated by the dog walker.

There are many experienced and caring professional dog walkers, so it is important to find the right one. Here are some tips for choosing a dog walker.

  • Perform a background check.
  • Get a referral from a friend, neighbor or veterinarian.
  • Find a dog walker who is trained in pet first aid and CPR so they will be trained for any emergencies that might come up.
  • Find a dog walker who is bonded and insured.
  • If your state requires dog walkers to obtain a license, make sure that your dog walking service is licensed with the state.

Don’t just hire a service. Meet with the actual dog walker who will be walking your dog and ask a lot of questions. Here are some questions you should ask.

  • Where will you walk my dog and at what time of day?
  • How many dogs do you care for at one time?
  • If there will be other dogs with your dog, find out if the dog walker evaluates them for temperament, energy level, and size.
  • What is your policy about illness or injury to dogs in your care? What emergency vet service do you use and are you certified in pet first aid?
  • Will you notify me of anything unusual, like loose stool or altercations?
  • Ask for references and personally speak to them.

Also be mindful of what questions the dog walker asks you. Professional dog walkers will want to know all about your dog – vaccinations, behavior triggers, training and how your dog behaves around other dogs.

How to Walk a Dog

Going on a walk is probably the highlight of your dog’s day. You should be able to take your dog on a walk without incidence. That’s why good leash skills are so important for the safety of your dog and you. So let’s take a look at how to walk a dog.

Learning how to walk a dog can take weeks or months of regular practice. To start, make sure that your dog has a collar that fits him properly, and have an appropriate leash. For the collar to fit correctly, you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. To learn more about dog collars, go to Tips on Choosing the Right Dog Collar.

You should use a short leash to give you more control. To train your dog, you should start by having some treats with you to reward your dog for good behavior. You should also use a marker for good behavior – try a clicker or tell your dog “yes!”

To learn how to walk a dog it is best to start without a leash. You can do this indoors or in a securely fenced outdoor area. To start the training, walk around the space but ignore your dog. Then, call your dog in an enthusiastic tone and reward him with a treat when he comes to you. Continue walking around the area and encourage your dog to stay by your side. Choose a command that works for you, and make sure you use an enthusiastic voice. As you continue to walk together, periodically reward your dog with a treat. Take breaks where you will once again ignore your dog, then call him to you again and continue walking. After a few sessions, your dog will learn good things come from walking by your side.

Once your dog has learned the correct behavior without a leash, it’s time to begin leash training. If your dog is calm, simply clip the leash to his collar and reward him for staying still. If your dog is hyper, you’ll need to train him to be calm before the leash goes on. If your dog goes crazy when you reach for the leash, quickly pull your hand back and just stand there. Don’t speak to your dog. This should help him to settle down. Reward your dog for standing still and focusing on you. Once he is calmly waiting, clip on the leash. If he gets excited again simply stop, pull your hands back and wait until he calms down again.

Once your dog comes when called, knows how to walk by your side without a leash and stands still while you put on his leash, it’s time to learn how to walk a dog.

Learning How to Walk a Dog? Here’s Where to Begin

When you’re first learning how to walk a dog, it is important to keep your training sessions short. Start by establishing correct behavior on the leash. Your dog will no doubt pull on the leash and try to lead you. But at some point he will stop this behavior and let the leash go slack. At this point, you should mark and reward your dog. If your dog walks nicely without pulling, mark and reward him now and then to reinforce the lesson. If your dog continues to try to pull you forward, simply stop in your tracks. This will teach your dog that by pulling he will not be tolerated and that you will not move forward until he begins to walk politely. Once the leash goes slack mark and reward your dog and then resume walking. Do this every time your dog begins to pull.

Teach your dog to follow your commands by turning around abruptly and walking in the opposite direction. Give your dog a verbal cue. When your dog turns to walk at your side in the new direction, mark and give him a treat.

If your dog continues to pull on the leash even when you turn around or stand still, it’s time to show him that pulling makes good things go away. Back up slowly with gentle pressure on the leash. When your dog turns his focus back to you, reward him enthusiastically and encourage him to continue walking by your side.

When learning how to walk a dog, one of the most important things to teach your dog is how to walk at your side. If your dog weaves back and forth from side to side, chances are he will trip you and you can get injured or fall on your dog and injure him. Teach your dog to stay on one side of you, not go back and forth from side to side. The left side is preferred, but you can choose whichever side works best for you. To teach your dog, keep the leash short enough that he cannot easily leave your side. You can also use treats to move him into the desired position by your side. You can also mark the behavior. When your dog starts to learn to walk by your side, give a treat every few steps. In time, increase the distance between treats until he forms the habit of walking by your side without treats.