Choose the right leash.
The best one for you is the one you feel most comfortable holding. There are many types of leashes, and it can get overwhelming; just remember that it's all about how it feels.
Lead the way.
Remember to stay in charge while walking your dog. You can do this by using confident body language—head up, shoulders back—and don't let your dog walk in front of you. Your dog should walk beside you or slightly behind.
Bring the necessities.
Always carry bags for cleaning up and disposing of doggie poop. Don't forget to hydrate, either. Bring water for yourself and your dog, especially in warmer weather, and be sure to pack your dog's favorite treats for rewarding good behavior away from home.
Change it up.
Keep walks exciting for you and your dog by taking different routes, going to cool places like the dog park or a friend's house, and taking walks with buddies—borrowing a friend's dog or asking another owner to join you on your walk.
Know how far to go.
How much walking time is enough for your dog? This is a decision you'll make based on your dog's breed, age, physical condition, and time of year. They will also give you clues as to whether they are comfortable, ready to head home, or up for a few more laps.