Walking your dog

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Walking your dog can be a great experience for you both and your dog. Even if the weather that day isn’t perfect, most dogs are so enthused about going out for a walk which it’s hard not to get at least a little excited about going out together and exploring the great outdoors. The only problem is that walking next to their owners outside isn’t natural for any dog. So for those who have a new puppy or a dog that has never learned to let you control the walk, I hope I have some helpful information here for you. Under these conditions, walking with the most loving dog on the most glorious spring day can turn into a chore, or even painful. But even if we do not consider extreme cases, a dog walking correctly next to you has many other advantages. First, if he’s permitted to walk in front of you he’s less conscious of what pace and direction you are moving. No wonder you must tug on the leash to get him to flip those corners! Moreover, if you have a dog or puppy that wants to eat anything that smells good he comes across, how can you intercede if you are way behind him? Finally, there are lots of coaches that feel that dogs will become the”pack leader” if they feel nobody else is filling that position. A number of these trainers are fast to point out that most dogs don’t WANT to be the pack leader. They would be less stressed and more relaxed to let somebody else run the show, but in the wild, the bunch will only survive if there is a leader, so that they instinctively try to step up to the job. This means if you’re not the top the walk, your puppy will lead the walk. Which probably sounds fine until the pulling begins.
As we start our journey to good dog walking, let’s start with the basics; the collar or harness. If you already know your puppy is a strong puller, a normal collar and leash may not prevent him from injuring himself. Choke or prong collars are available, however these can lead to injury and truly don’t teach your dog how to walk correctly.
When you have a puppy or an energetic puppy, it seems natural to get him out on a walk immediately to burn off some of that energy. But many coaches advocate building up to the outdoor walk, so we do not have to fight bad habits immediately. Begin by introducing your dog to the leash in a positive manner at a location without distractions, such as in your dwelling. If you discover this seems to be the case, don’t just plunge ahead only to be disappointed with your dog’s walking skills. Begin taking the leash out several times a day and then don’t walk him. The idea is for him to begin to see that the leash does not always mean it is time to go outdoors. Taking your dog outside to play in the backyard BEFORE the walk also helps in such situations.
Start off by taking a brief walk after a straight path, rewarding eye contact. Use treats in a productive manner. Some dogs will be so excited once they’re walking outside they won’t appear to be interested in treats (or you), so right from the start, clinic calling your dog’s name and then giving him a treat when he responds with eye contact. Other dogs love their treats so much that just giving them one treat seems to make them almost shed interest in the walk as they start searching for the next snack. Start your introduction to the walk indoors, then your backyard and then the sidewalk in front of your property.
There are various methods for dealing with the inevitable leashing pulling that you will experience, but the most recommended method is to simply stop walking when there is tension on the leash. Your dog is excited about something beforehand and he really doesn’t mind dragging you along if it means he can get to what’s so interesting. To put it simply, do not reward pulling by allowing your dog to reach his goal by pulling you along and you should be consistent about it. Sometimes simply stopping will be sufficient to make your dog curious about what happened to you and he’ll return or even walk back to you, which is terrific. Despite the fact that this outcome is positive and you need to encourage and reward it, you may have to take a more proactive response, namely softly but firmly reversing direction after a verbal sign (“let’s go” or something along those lines). Also, if your dog has started to connect you calling his name with him getting a deal, simply calling him can do just fine. Do not be discouraged by unfulfilled expectations that you cover a certain route. Judge your success on a minute by minute basis. If your dog isn’t pulling, you are setting up a walking conduct that will benefit you for years to come. This is true even when you have some 20 or 30 minute walks but never get more than a few homes away from home as a result of you’re reversing direction so often. Finally, try to allow additional time for your walks. You won’t have the ability to guide your dog through his correct walking manners if you will need to be rushing back home.
As your dog learns how to walk with you without pulling, you’ll find that not only are you getting exercise and fresh air, but you’re walking together as a team, which is a fairly great experience for any dog owner.

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