07 Jun

discover: our top 10 dog walking tips

Cornwall Park is all about creating a space for the enjoyment of all New Zealanders. This includes our furry friends. Read on to discover how to make dog walking fun for all involved!

1. Know how much exercise your dog needs

Despite puppies appearing to be endless balls of energy, they can't be walked very far. The maximum a puppy should be walked at first is 20 minutes, from there you can slowly build the duration of the walk as your pup gets older and more mature. Beyond puppies, different breeds also vary vastly in the amount of exercise they can handle. Be sure to do your research first to avoid premature health problems.

2. Please keep your dog on a leash

While your dog may love to run free, Cornwall Park is not the place. We are a working farm and must protect our livestock, and also need to consider the safety and comfortability of all our park users so we are an on-leash park. Please see here for some of the best dog parks in Auckland for you to visit if you are seeking that off-leash time.

3. Bring some water along on your walk

You'd be surprised how easily dogs can overheat! This is because they have a harder time regulating their body temperature than we do, meaning they are constantly panting (the equivalent of us sweating). So be sure to bring along some water to reduce their risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather.

4. Ask before approaching other dogs

Some dogs may be in the middle of developing their social skills with new humans and dogs, so to avoid misunderstandings it is always a good idea to ask the dog owner before approaching or petting an unknown dog. Most likely, you'll be given the all-clear; but it's always better to be safe and respectful.

5. Let your dog sniff around

Walks can be as much about mental stimulation for your dog as physical. A nice 'sniffer' walk can be far more tiring and exciting for your dog compared to a brisk 15 minute one, with no sniff breaks. Smells provide your dog with important information about their surroundings, adding to the quality of the walk.

6. Correct identification

Ensure your dog has the correct identification every time you leave the house. In the unfortunate event that your dog does get lost, you will be very grateful to receive a phone call, which requires your dog to have up to date tags. Also, consider a microchip since collars can break or potentially be wriggled out of.

7. Training

Walks are a brilliant opportunity to get in some training. You'll meet new people, interact with other dogs and explore the world outside of your property. Be firm but also utilise the benefits of positive reinforcement.

8. Bring treats

To keep your dog motivated for the duration of the walk and help out with the previous tip, we recommend bringing along some of your dog's favourite treats. Not only will you see improved results, but they can also be extremely useful when dealing with distractions. Consider fruit and vegetables for a healthy option, or if that doesn't get your furry friend's attention, maybe these tasty peanut butter treats will.

9. Front harnesses

Does your dog pull you? Consider making the switch to a front harness. Many dogs' instinct is to pull when tugged from behind with collars and back harnesses. Front clip harnesses' pull your dog from the front so they won't fight against it or you.

10. Dog poo

Whether you are in Cornwall Park or just going for a walk around your neighbourhood, you must pick up your dog's poo. Be a tidy and courteous dog walker and help reduce health risks to pets and humans alike. Dog poo can contain harmful organisms such as giardia, E. coli, roundworms, hookworms, and salmonella that can potentially spread to other animals and humans. When left on the ground those diseases, pathogens and bacteria can also make their way into the soil and pollute the water supplies. So be prepared with doggy doo bags or look out for Cornwall Park's green dog bins.