No matter where we walk our dogs we need to teach manners and respect. That way the walks are pleasant for pet and owner instead of stressful. Here are some tips to keep in mind when walking your dog(s).
* When you reach for the leash your dog must remain calm. The leash is a treat meaning they get to go outside. It is a reward and your dog shouldn’t get the reward until it is calm. If your dog starts to wiggle around as you clip the Ultraleash on, stand back up straight till they can keep calm the entire time.
*You are the alpha dog-pack leader. This means you leave out the door first. Your dog(s) must sit in front of the door, with it open, not moving. When you go through the door and say okay, that is when they are allowed to follow you. This starts the walk on a nice calm note! If you let an excited dog exit your house while wound up you will not have control of your dog outdoors.
*Your dog must walk beside or behind you. There is no pulling on the leash. If he pulls you, give short quick pops on the leash to control him. Pulling will only increase his need to pull back. That is why there must be strong, quick corrections. If your dog is too wound up, or if you have a puppy that is really testing you, stop and make them sit. When they are calm and the focus is back on you, go again. This may need to be repeated many times.
*Dogs are not allowed to jump on anyone or anything. When meeting another animal, child, etc. Allow your dog to sniff and hesitate briefly. If there is any more interest than that, have him sit and wait for the dog/child/bike/etc. to pass or to come say hi.
*Many dogs love to chase things that are really moving like runners, skateboarders and such. Sometimes it is simply for fun and stimulation and it is their instinct to chase moving objects. That is where the leash is handy. You have control of your dog. You can speed up your pace to help avoidance, use a treat for a distraction, or simply make your pet sit and wait till he is calm again to move on. Above all stay calm and don’t get frustrated because your behavior can and will make him anxious.
*If there is another animal loose you must block your dog with your body and hold your hand out at the oncoming dog. The body language is this is my dog and my space so go away!
*When your dog is afraid their instinct is to run away or stand and bark at what is scaring them. You don’t want your dog to be afraid of everything; allow your dog to face his fear. This could take time so be patient.
*When entering the home, enter calmly and remove the leash calmly. With the right leash, a good attitude and your best friend walking is fun.
The most important thing you can do is stay patient and consistent. If you give an inch a dog will take a foot. That is because they are extremely smart and it is their nature to find out where they belong in your family pack.