Dogs are great walking companions. They keep you company on your daily constitutional and often keep your heart rate up as you strive to match their pace. What’s more, according to a 2009 New York Times article, “…research from the University of Missouri has found that people who walk dogs are more consistent about regular exercise and show more improvement in fitness than people who walk with a human companion.” So, they’re great motivators, too.
Among this thorough list of 38 Brilliant Hacks For Dog Owners are some great suggestions to simplify your walks with Fido.
The first is a no-brainer: attach a carabiner to the end of your dog’s leash for an easy way to tie him off while you run into the store. I say no-brainer, but, until I saw this easy solution, I would detach the leash and run the loose end around a pole or tree, then thread it through the loop handle before reattaching it to the dog.
Another useful tip- especially during the Summer- is to use an old maple syrup bottle (or any squeezable bottle) as a targeted water dispenser:
Fill it up before the walk and use it to squirt a refreshing drink straight into Rex’s mouth. If you use the carabiner tip mentioned above, you can just clip it onto the bottle and hang it from your belt or the leash.