Puppy Power! 10 Top Tips to better walks with your pooch
You never think that you’d need tips on how to walk your furry companion, but one walk through the park in your lovely new pumps later and you realise that, maybe mud, puddles and pooches aren’t the best combination for your trainers.
As dog lovers ourselves, we’ve been there, done that, and back then had wished that someone had guided us on the things you actually need for walking your dog. So, here we are, combining our top recommendations on what you need for a safe, comfortable and fun dog walking experience.
Microchipping your dog is now a legal requirement in the UK, but did you know that having a dog tag is too? Having a tag on the collar can help someone identify your wandering doggo and to give you a call straight away, reuniting you both! There’s no need to put your full details, or even your fur babys name – Just a phone number will do! There’s a good selection of Dog Tags available on the Dogs Trust website, which means you’d be helping give other dogs a better life as well!
We’ve all had it happen to us before – tried to keep our dogs on the nice, clean path, avoiding any puddles and mud, but somehow they always manage to find that one mudbath… But you can be prepared with the Paw Buddy! Easy to use and small enough to fit in your walking bag, muddy pawprints over your freshly cleaned floor is a worry of the past! And it’s a multifunctioning tool, with a comb on one side for you to be able to detangle the longer fur and to get the mud and debris off your dogs’ coat.
Neoprene Lined Wellies
Does your dog drag you out at crack of dawn to just sniff around and take ages to do their business? You might as well stand around in lovely warm wellies that look fantastic on the city streets OR in country mud. Our Groundhog Wellington Boots are built with your comfort in mind. Keeping your feet warm in temperatures as low as -25°C, you’ll be happy to stroll for as long as your canine wishes!
If you’d like to learn more about the great benefits Neoprene lined wellies has to offer, check out our previous blog!
Dog seeming to have endless energy and you’re struggling to keep up? Us too. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a frisbee on hand! Usable in most open spaces (just make sure it’s secure and your dog has good recall!), the Hyper Pet Flippy Flopper can get some serious air-time and have your dog bounding around having a blast. It can even float on water, so if you’re looking at getting into some water agility with your pooch, this toy is a solid choice that won’t be breaking any windows.
LED Collar Attachment
Whatever the time of year or time of day is, if your dog wants to go, you got to go! To add some safety and visibility to the darker walks, we recommend you get some form of LED for your walking gear. Attaching this Soft Blinker to your dog’s collar can increase the visibility and let you really see where they are and what they’re up to. If that’s a wander through the park, down the street, or even a quick trip outside to the back garden!
Dog Waste Bags
Love your community and love your planet by picking up your dog’s waste when out for your walk. Over at Beco, they’ve created an ecofriendly choice for cleaning up after your pooch, with strong Poop Bags made out of cornstarch! And the packaging the rolls come in is fully recyclable too, letting you feel good about the bags you pick up poop in!
Whatever the weather, your dog needs a walk, and you want to keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Bridgedale to design and engineer socks made specifically for wellie wear! Our Performance Knee High Wellington Boot Socks are designed to keep your feet smelling fresh and looked after with reinforcement in critical areas. And to make the deal even sweeter, you can now get a pair FREE with a purchase of any of our tall wellington boots! Now your feet will be looked after in style.
Letting your dog run off lead can be pretty scary when you lose sight of them, even if they’re only innocently sniffing a bush. To avoid the gut-wrenching anxiety of not having your dog in your immediate vision, why not get a tracking system you can add to their collar. Highly popular for it’s accurate directions, the Apple AirTag can be securely attached to a collar or harness with a simple accessory and it’s long lasting battery can give you peace of mind on all your wanders.
Water Bowl and Bottle
Wherever you walk, it’s always best to be prepared, especially in the hot summer months! Having water at hand is always a great start, but where are you going to pour it? We recommend having this handy Wild & Woofy Dog Travel Water Bottle & Bowl with you on every walk! Small and able to be clipped to your belt loops, keep your dog well hydrated and as healthy as can be!
Have you wanted to take your training to the next level? A dog whistle might be an option for you! Giving your dog a sharp, clear tone to hear, the Company of Animals Dog Whistle is also lightweight and very simple to use – just blow! Now you and your dog can work on recall and take your companionship to new heights
And something a little extra…
To keep your ROCKFISH Wellingtons pose ready for all your doggy adventure snaps, we highly recommend having a bottle of Grangers Rubber Boot Care at hand. A spray on product that restores the appearance of rubber, it’s as simple as spray on, wipe off and buff in!
When out on your next walk, make sure to share a snap of your prized hound alongside your ROCKFISH wellies and our other recommendations! #rockfishrockstar