Walking a dog is as natural a part of dog ownership as anything else: but what do you do if your dog is prone to misbehaving? Instead of allowing this behavior to drive how your dogs experience the outside world, there are some ways you can help.
These are the best tips to make walking your dog a walk in the park!
Keep Their Eyes On You
When you’re walking your dog, it’s important that their eyes stay on you at all times. This means showing them the correct way to do things, where to look, and how to behave. Although they can eventually relax and look at their surroundings, when their eyes are on you, they’re focused on what you can do as a team.
One of the best ways to do this is to use high-value treats like unseasoned chicken that’s been cubed. This will give them something excited to look to you for and will make them more likely to listen to what you say.
Be Patient With Them
It takes dogs a while to learn and figure things out, with some dogs taking hours and others take weeks. Be patient, and allow your dog to learn at their own pace. This ensures the information really gets drilled home and that the patterns happen enough times that your dog picks up on what they mean.
This can be boring for some because it requires a lot of repetitive work, but using the right dog harness and leash will let you keep a close hand on their attention.
Work With Their Triggers
If you know something triggers your dog’s need to attack or bark, it’s a good idea to find a way to work with them on it. You can’t always avoid walking near other dogs or cars passing by, so find ways to pull your dog’s focus back to you when they’re around. This can be through a high-value treat, which will pull their eyes and wants to you, instead of defending you or attacking the threat.
Of course, different dogs have different needs and reactions, so get to know what your dog’s wants and triggers are.
Don’t Punish Harshly.
Punishing your dog for behavior by telling them no or having them stop and sit for a moment is fine: but it shouldn’t go further than this. Yelling at your dog, smacking or harshly pulling them around, isn’t going to help your dog learn what the right thing to do is: it’s going to make them fear you. Use gentle techniques to guide your dog towards the behaviors you want to see, and avoid punishing them harshly when they might not understand why what they’re doing is wrong.
Every Dog Can Be a Great Leash Pup
Whether your dog has never walked on a leash, or it’s all they’ve ever known: it’s vital that you take your time to work with them. Creating behaviors with your dog that help them be great on walks can make sure everyone has a great time!