Thinking about trying out a new walk with your four-legged friend?

We know choosing the right dog walking route can make a world of difference for both you and your dog. So, we’ve put together some tips on what to consider when searching for the best dog walks for your furry buddy!

Dog jumping

Consider Your Dog’s Energy Level

Consider your dog’s fitness levels, age and walk appetite. High-energy breeds like Border Collies or Retrievers might require longer, more strenuous walks, while smaller or older dogs may need shorter, more leisurely strolls. Tailor the length and intensity of the walk to match your dog's energy levels.


Outscape Boot with dog on different terrain

Explore Different Terrains


Variety is key when it comes to dog walks. Mix up your routes with different terrains like parks, trails, beaches, and urban areas. Routes with interesting sights, smells, and sounds provide various sensory experiences for your dog, stimulating their minds and bodies in unique ways.


Men's Outscape and dog safety

Safety First

Safety should always be a top priority. Avoid routes with heavy traffic and opt for areas with designated pedestrian paths or trails. Keep your dog on a lead, unless you're in a secure, designated off-lead area. Also consider whether the trail has stiles and other obstacles that might prove challenging for your pooch.


Women's Arctic Sport Tall Boot and dog friendly parks and trails

Check for Dog-Friendly Parks and Trails


Not all parks and trails are open to dogs, meaning you should do some research before heading out. Look for places that are dog-friendly and have amenities like clean water sources, dog waste bins, and if possible, fenced-in areas so your dog can blow off lots of steam.


Social opportunities for your dog

Social Opportunities

Popular dog walking areas can present a great opportunity if your dog enjoys interacting with other dogs. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy some solitude with your dog, or if your dog is particularly nervous around other dogs, you might want to choose quieter walking routes or go during off-peak hours.

Arctic Sport Boot for dog walking in all weather conditions

Factor in Weather Conditions

Consider the weather when planning your walk. Avoid extreme temperatures, especially in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Bring water for both you and your dog, and be mindful of hot pavement, which can be painful for little paws.

Enjoy your dog walks

Enjoy Your Walk

Walking your dog is a shared experience. With a bit of planning, you can ensure that every walk is a positive and enriching experience for both you and your dog. We’d love to see what your favourite dog-friendly trails are. Tag us with @MUCKBOOTCO. Happy walking from Muck Boots!

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