It's no secret to the world that I love dogs and I'm sure you all know that a few months ago I was inducted to be a volunteer dog walker. I won't lie and type here to say that I was ready for what faced me on walks, as someone who doesn't own a dog I didn't really know exactly what I would need. I'd only ever been on walks with dogs who are owned by friends or family. Therefore they are pretty well trained and no real effort to walk. Plus the owners were always responsible for all the "equipment needed"!
I'll give you an insight into the first few walks I ever did. Let's just say I knew I needed to invest in a few items before walking another dog!!! Obviously I knew to wear old clothes, that was a given. However I didn't have any coat with a hood, or one that was waterproof for that matter. Even though you can see above that I picked up a waterproof coat and it's even the same colour as the charity clothes - it didn't have a hood. Which I found out mid walk, whilst it poured down with rain. On my head.
I picked up my own lead straight away, the charity uses slip leads so I picked up this one from Pets at Home. Since then I've picked up another one which is a thicker rope for the pully dogs. It's just a bit easier on my hands. I'm considering buying a harness for myself so I can put it on any dogs that I walk who pull so much they almost pass out!
The final piece to the dog walking puzzle for me was when I realised I really needed a rucksack to hold all this stuff rather than trying to walk with a handbag. Due to my anxiety I have to have to have a few things always on me so I feel calmer and a bit more prepared. Namely these are a bottle of water, a carrier bag and a selection of tablets... odd I know. I found this one in Matalan for around £12 and I love it. Although after a couple of months of using it it has faded which I'm not too impressed with. I'm also a giant idiot as the bag isn't waterproof, so this will be my summer dog walking bag. if anyone knows any good places to buy a waterproof rucksack please let me know.
I'm loving being able to shop in the dog aisle now, treats galore!
Also, poo bags. Because - poo.