Taking a shelter dog for a walk is certainly beneficial for the dog as well as for you. Every dog needs at least 30 minutes of exercise every day and shelters usually don’t have enough people to ensure that. Thus, volunteers are more than welcome to participate in this activity, and some of them do even regularly. The volunteer can be someone who loves dogs and can’t have one at home or simply someone who wants to help. Either way, it is an activity which both sides enjoy. If you are about to try that, there are a few things you should know before.
Every animal shelter has its rules. Therefore, it is necessary to search for the information first. You can visit their website or just make a call. They should inform you about times when you can come and also about their rules. There can be some restrictions, for example, forbidding children to walk a dog, etc. These dogs are not used to go out often like other dogs, think about the time you are going to spend with them. Usually, 20 minutes is not enough time and coming back so soon could be disappointing. Every dog has its own needs, some of them can get tired soon, and some of them are never lacking energy so better ask for advice. While walking a shelter dog, you are fully responsible for them. Never let them out of a leash and be careful around other people especially kids. The last thing that should be taken into consideration is building a relationship with a particular dog. Coming to see the same dog regularly can be advantageous for very shy dogs and can help to ease stress in them. The disadvantage could be fixation to a particular person. The dog could be unable to get used to a new home when being adopted.
Just keep in mind that dog’s love is unconditional and breaking the relationship can be very painful for them.