These 6 great tips for walking your dog will make your life much easier.
Do you sometimes feel like your dog is taking you for a walk? Pulling, dragging, and running in his direction? What are you doing wrong, and how to correct it? We will give you 6 important tips on how to properly walk your dog.
1) Using a short leash
Using a short leash will keep your best friend close to you, and give you better control. Retractable leashes can break and tangle, and it will also be tough to control the situation.
With a short leash, you can easily guide and control your dog. That will prevent any dangerous situations (the dog getting out of your range, jumping on people, etc.).
2) Plan your walk time
Dogs love to walk in the morning, also because they need to take care of “business.” Make sure you take enough time every day to walk your dog. Dogs who are not walked enough, will more likely “misbehave” because they will be over excited when they finally go for a walk. Walks are essential for your dog’s mental and physical health. Not covering the dog’s daily walking needs can cause mental, behavioral, and physical problems. When dogs are not walked often enough, destroy furniture, personal belongings, or can even act aggressively. Every dog breed has specific walking needs (some require less, some more).
3) Walking side by side or in front of your dog
According to Cesar Millan, if the dog is walking in front of you, he will see himself as the pack leader. That’s why it is imperative that the dog walks beside you or even behind you if possible. A short leash will make this task easier.
4) Talk to your dog
As you are walking your dog, be sure you reinforce his positive behavior. Continual communication with your dog will let him know what is allowed and what is not.
When the dog does something wrong (like bark or growl at bypassers), use a stern voice to let him know what’s wrong.
When he behaves, let him know that he is doing good (good boy, good job, etc.)
5) Don’t drag and pull the leash
When the dog starts pulling, don’t pull back. Not pulling back will take some practice. Rather than that, stop and talk to your dog. It’s essential to let him know that pulling is not accepted. You must continue to stop until the dog learns his lesson. Every time he pulls, you stop. Eventually, the dog should get the message. You can also use a harness for better control. It is better not to use a muzzle. Training may take some time, but it works! Be patient.
6) Rewarding good behavior
When the dog is walking by your side and being a good boy/girl, you should reward this type of behavior. Bring snacks, favorite toys, or play with him. Dogs truly understand positive reinforcement, and with rewarding them for good behavior, you can achieve a lot of good.
Just like many other things in life, walking your dog can be a process. But if you stick to our useful tips, sooner or later, functional changes will happen. With love, patience, and discipline, your friend will be walking next to you in no time!
Training your dog to walk beside you is an important part of your job as a dog owner. Following these 6 great tips for walking your dog will make your life much easier.
It is a lot like training your dog not to jump on you or others.