There are many ways that you make sure your dogs exercise.
Taking us out to public places is one of them.
I really, really like to go places and meet people. I’ve heard “the humans” talk about how this is really good for our socialization too.
There are a lot of public places that are great places to get exercise for dogs. However, it’s critical to always, always, always remember that you are in a public place.
Some people (the “good” ones) love dogs and will want to talk to the dogs and pet them, but others will not want anything to do with them. (Although I can’t possibly figure out why!)
It’s important to be considerate of others and always maintain control of your dog. Even though “the bad people” don’t want to interact with your dogs, it’s still important to respect their wishes. They are in a public place too and shouldn’t have to deal with animals if they don’t want to.
Don’t let your dog approach people when they’re in public. Let the people come to your dog (if they want to). If you let the dog say Hi to everyone they want to, you’re going to annoy a lot of people. Some will love it, but some will be annoyed.
The other item is that you need to be ultra-responsible about picking up after your pet. You absolutely cannot go anywhere without having a full stock of pet poop bags with you. I would even recommend that when you have to throw your pet waste bag into the trash that you double bag it. It will help prevent the odor from being bad and it will show people who see you that there really are responsible pet owners out there.
You must, must, must, must pick up after your dog. (Are you sensing a trend here?)
“Leftovers” are very annoying for non-dog people, but they are also annoying to dog owners. When we take walks it drives the boss crazy because I have to stop and smell every single dropping that someone very rudely did not pick up.
Where to Take Your Dog
There are a great many pet-friendly places to take your dogs to get exercise.
- Athletic fields
- Dog parks
- Pet stores
- Soccer games
Take a long rope with you and look for an unoccupied space. A long rope allows your dog to roam more freely (and smell all kinds of good stuff) and run after a ball or a frisbee. If you take a tennis ball with you (and you already taught them to fetch) the dog will be really, really, really happy.
There is a learning curve related to letting your dogs exercise by running on a long rope, check out the related post to help you with it.
A dog poop bag is a must.
Athletic Fields Athletic fields are great too because they usually have fences so you don’t have to use a rope. However, make sure to check for signs, some fields won’t let you use them for dogs. I would also recommend that you limit the usage of athletic fields to the off-season because of this.
When we get to run free anywhere when we don’t have a rope, the boss still attaches a short (5-10 feet) leash/rope to us. I think she does this so that “just in case” she has to chase us down we’ll be easier to catch.
A dog poop bag bag is a must.
We’ve actually never been to a dog park. We never get to do anything fun… well… except play ball, and play outside and chase frisbees, and take long walks… ok… I guess we do get to have fun, but we’ve still never been to a dog park.
Our community is building one that will open this summer. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll tell you all the stuff you don’t know about dog parks after we start going.
Remember… you are still in public and a dog poop bag is still a must.
I know, I know… you can’t really get exercise for your dogs in a pet store. However, there are soooooooo many cool things for me to pay attention to it’s almost like getting some exercise and it’s definitely good for my socialization.
What do you think? What are your favorite public places to get exercise for dogs?