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How to Teach Your Kids to Walk the Dog

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As the sun sets and your day winds down, that wagging tail and those expectant eyes await their daily walk. Ah, the challenges of parenthood. Teaching your kids to walk the dog isn’t just about freeing up a bit of your time; it’s about teaching responsibility, independence, and creating a bond between your child and your furry friend. And hey, we’ve got just the thing to help! Our Goal Mine class, available in a nifty video on this blog, turns this task into child’s play. While the video covers the basics, this guide dives deeper, giving you a step-by-step rundown. For a firsthand experience, encourage your kids to watch the video and grasp the concept of “walk the dog” even better!

Step 1: Find Leash & Collar

Firstly, you’ve got to start with the basics. Before the adventure begins, there’s the small task of getting equipped.

  • Choosing the Right Gear: The right leash and collar can make all the difference. For instance, retractable leashes give your dog freedom, but traditional ones offer more control. Above all, ensure they’re comfortable for your dog and child.
  • Safe Storage: Most importantly, always keep the leash and collar in a specific, easily accessible place. After all, in the moment’s excitement, you don’t want your child turning the house upside down. Meanwhile, it also teaches them the importance of organization.
Step NumberTask
1Find Leash & Collar
2Clip Leash & Collar
3Walk Safely

Step 2: Clip Leash & Collar

Alright, gear in hand, let’s get attached!

  • Checking the Collar: However simple it might sound, ensure the collar is snug but not too tight. A rule of thumb: You should be able to slip two fingers comfortably between the collar and your dog’s neck.
  • Leash Attachment: Similarly, ensure the clasp is secure when clipping the leash. In other words, a double-check wouldn’t hurt. To clarify, show your child how to clip and unclip a couple of times before setting out, ensuring they’re confident.
a boy is getting ready to walk the dog.
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Step 3: Walk Safely

Now, for the main event! Walking the dog isn’t just about physical movement, communication, and mutual respect.

  • Hold the Leash Right: Teach your kids to hold the leash firmly without yanking or pulling. Likewise, if your dog pulls, show them how to correct the behavior gently. Consistency is key here.
  • Being Aware: they should always be aware of their surroundings. This means looking out for things that might scare or excite the dog. For example, a speeding car or another aggressive dog. In short, safety first!
  • Commands and Communication: Certainly, basic commands like “stop,” “come,” and “stay” are vital. Show your child how to use these commands effectively. Above all, it’s about asserting authority without being aggressive.
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Teaching your kids to walk the dog can seem daunting, but with the proper steps, it becomes an enriching experience for both child and pet. On the other hand, it’s not just about walking; it’s about the lessons of responsibility, love, and mutual respect. And remember, the embedded video here covers just step #1, so to unlock the entire treasure trove of lessons on how to “walk the dog,” consider getting Goally’s dedicated Tablet. It’s packed with more in-depth insights and exercises that will make your kid a dog-walking pro in no time. After that, who knows? They’ll teach you a thing or two!

FAQ’s About How to Walk the Dog

How often should I walk my dog?
Typically, dogs should be walked at least once a day, but some dogs may require more depending on their size, breed, and health.

How can I prepare my dog for a walk?
Prepare your dog for a walk by using a sturdy leash, ensuring they're wearing identification, and bringing along necessary supplies like waste bags and water.

What are some tips for walking a dog safely?
Always use a leash, keep your dog close, pay attention to their body language, and avoid hot pavement which can harm their paws.

Can walking the dog be a good exercise routine for my kids?
Yes, walking the dog not only provides physical exercise for kids but also teaches them responsibility and bonding with pets.

How can I teach my dog good behavior during walks? 
Reward your dog for good behavior, like walking by your side and not pulling, with treats, praise, and consistent positive reinforcement.

This post was originally published on 08/28/2023. It was updated on 02/19/2024.

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