I am a proud pet parent of two mini dachshunds. My oldest is a ten year old red female and my other is a two year old male rescue, and they have two different personalities. Walking them together is challenging. I do not have a fenced in backyard. I always walk with them in a harness and leash. I prefer the harness to a collar, in fear of injuries.
#1: Always walk with your furbaby leashed. That cannot be stressed enough. You can be confident that he is safe alongside you.
And neighbors know I have control over them. It also eases the stress of any pedestrians with whom you are sharing the sidewalk. Not everyone likes being assaulted by a licker or a growling dog.
#2: Know your dog's personality.
Does your dog bark? Does she like or dislike other dogs? Does she like to chase squirrels? Does he hate moving objects like cars or bicyclists? Does she like children? Is he aggressive? Knowing your dog's personality and adjusting your walk accordingly will help everyone have an enjoyable walk.
My older doxie, Zoe, is a barker. She does not like children and she dislikes other dogs. She is more afraid and she prefers to to keep her distance when either is nearby. To keep her barking to a minimum I change directions during our walks to avoid those close encounters.
My male doxie, Kobe,on the other hand, enjoys meeting other dogs and looks to be greeted by other people. He is not ordinarily, a barker.
#3: Do not let your dog jump on people.
Though my Kobe likes to be a meet and greeter. I do not let him jump onto people unless the person invites it. I have learned to read people while on walks. Some dog owners or pedestrians want an interaction and others do not. I hold him taut when I know he may lovingly seem aggressive at those times.
#4: Do pick up after your dog.
Clean up after your dogs go to the bathroom. Carry enough bags on your leash to do so. Come back to pick up if you did run out of your bags. It is the neighborly thing to do.
5#: Exercise them daily to their requirements.
My two doxies have two working parents. My dogs are inside for 4-6 hour intervals. My younger dogs needs longer walks to eliminate all his energy compared to my older dog who just likes to do a shorter stroll around the neighborhood to do her business and come right back home. My Kobe, being younger, needs to go for longer walks and he gets trips to the dog park on Fridays and Saturdays to run and play with other dogs.
#6: Share the sidewalk.
While I am on walks with my dogs, I let people have the right of way on sidewalks. I will usually pull off to the grass or side to let runners, mothers and strollers and bicycle riders pass me by. I would not want my leash or dog to get in their way.
#7 :Be aware of the weather.
I live in Florida. I have to be aware of hot pavement during our walks. If I notice they are high stepping or walking differently, its usually due to the hot pavement. I will usually carry water for longer walks to quench their thirst and to use to cool off their paws.