Tips & Tricks
... our answers!
We will answer questions about walking your dog here. They should serve as a guide.
There are only a few rules, which you can find in the GoGassi app. Your new dog will thank you with health and lots of love!
- Don’t leave your little puppy alone for long periods of time during the first few months. Keep an eye on him. You are now his new pack, his new family!
- Take the puppy out for a walk more often in the beginning. Every 30 to 60 minutes. After his nap is the perfect time to go out briefly.
- Do not go too long! In the first month of life, 5 minutes are quite enough.
- Increase the intervals carefully. As a rule of thumb, by 5 minutes every month.
- Your puppy should not climb stairs! Always carry him/her up and down the stairs during these early months.
- Puppy school is perfect for your little pooch. Playing with peers is allowed – but be careful with larger dogs.
- Achte darauf, dass Kleinkinder nicht ganz so „dolle“ mit ihrem neuen Spielgefährten toben und spielen.
- Make sure toddlers don’t play too roughly with their new playmate.
Avoid long walks during the first months of life and do not overtax your little sweetie. This is especially true when temperatures are very high in the summer. Attention: If you do not live at ground level, it is better to carry your pet down or up the stairs during the first few months. Since the bones, ligaments, and joints are still growing and quite soft, there is a risk of permanent elbow or hip damage (ED/HD) from constant stair climbing.
Attention: He must not be successful at pulling. Do not follow the dog when he pulls. Not when he sniffs, and not when he needs to do his business. The goal must be to never have to pull the leash while walking. Practice makes perfect. This is true for your dog and for you. On longer walks, you can repeat the training every now and then. A dog trainer or a dog school can support you in your efforts.
During feeding, dogs should be left alone. If you feed more than one dog at the same time, there should be enough space between the feeding places; otherwise, it can quickly cause competitive eating, and the winner may consider it a reward to be able to eat from the bowl of the loser. Out of reach of conspecifics (same species), other pets, and small children, the dog can peacefully eat at his own pace. Every dog eats differently: Our Lab just gobbles down his portion. Our terrier mix is more of a gourmet and has been known to leave some food behind. When that happens, we put the food in a safe place so that our Lab doesn’t get an unplanned second helping ... I know, we are real killjoys! Dogs are creatures of habit. It is best to keep the same feeding times once established. Special circumstance: Puppies need to be fed several times a day. It is best to follow the recommendations of the breeder.
When our Lab wanted a treat, he brought a ball as a bribe. So, it also works the other way around with the treat! Be careful when you are using treats to train puppies. You should definitely include the amount of treats in the daily calorie count. Otherwise, you will have an overweight puppy very quickly.
Do not repeat the command (all the time). Do not hold the treat in your hand during training, but rather miraculously produce the treat. The treat in your hand can distract your dog quite a bit, because your pooch has a really great sense of smell.
The oil is administered through the food or drinking water. There are no side effects. If you are not sure, ask your vet. He will be able to give you specific instructions for use and dosage.
Attention: If cats share your home with your dog, please be careful. The application of black cumin oil against ticks and fleas is not suitable for cats! Cats lack the enzyme to break down the plant substances contained in the oil – so it can lead to poisoning and liver damage in them!
Why do I have to leash the dog at all? First of all, it contributes to the safety of your own dog. This way, he cannot accidentally run into the street and get hurt. It also prevents quarrels with other four-legged friends. Secondly, some people feel irritated by dogs, for example, young mothers with small children. She can’t possibly know that your dog is actually totally sweet ... and only wants to play! But even in that case, the child could get scared, fall, and hurt himself. Be considerate of your fellow human beings, so we can all relax and enjoy nature.
In most German forests and nature reserves, leashing is mandatory during the breeding and rearing season of wild animals. This is approximately from the beginning of April to mid-July. If you do not comply with the regulations, you may be warned or even fined. In some hunting areas (Bavaria), hunters are allowed to shoot hunting dogs!
Typical places for basic leash requirements are: Public parks, pedestrian zones, crowded areas, bus stops, and sports fields, and a few more.
You shouldn’t take your pet on longer hikes until he’s past puppyhood. And the same applies here: Start slowly and then increase at an appropriate rate!
For longer walks: Do not forget to bring a bowl and water!
Lead your sweet dog slowly to the big tour. In the long run, a dog can master long distances very well at a moderate pace. Be careful, however, if you are riding your bike or inline skaters. It forces the dog to walk a lot faster than usual. That would be like “sprinting continuously”. Before attempting such sporting ventures, get the OK from your vet. For smaller dog breeds or very young dogs (puppies) excessive GoGassi rounds are completely prohibited. Of course, older and sick animals should also not be forced to follow the overly athletic owner at every turn.
Basically, not every breed of dog is “made” for running next to a bike either. Heavy dogs should never run next to the bike. They can quickly overexert themselves – this is especially true in the summer.
As already described, bicycle tours, long jogging, and climbing stairs are taboo for puppies anyway. Until the dog is fully grown, the skeleton of a dog is still growing, and the bones are very soft. Large dogs (e.g. German Shepherds) and very large dogs (e.g. Great Danes) take longer to be considered “full grown”.
The ideal time is after going for a walk. For adult dogs, this can be in the morning and at lunchtime if you want to feed twice, or just at lunchtime if the dog only gets food once a day.
Puppies get smaller amounts to eat more frequently. It’s best to check with the breeder or vet.
This also applies abroad. It is advisable to comply with the applicable regulations. Non-compliance can result in warnings or even fines. In Bavarian hunting grounds, hunters are also allowed to shoot hunting dogs.
The GoGassi app wants to make things better for dogs. But we are at the very beginning with version 1.0 and have a lot of plans for the benefit of dogs. We would be happy if you enjoy the app and it can make your daily life with your best friend easier. Share your experience with us, recommend us, and have fun together!
P.S.: Our tips and tricks are based on personal experiences and are definitely not exhaustive – we cannot and do not want to claim that! Also, the focus of the topics always refers to walking. If you are missing something or if you have a completely different opinion, just write to us. We are looking forward to your feedback! We also learn every day with and through our dogs. On public streets and squares, children must be a certain age before they are allowed to walk the dog.