Walking your dogs can quickly go from relaxing to frustrating if your pets insist on pulling you along. Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with this type of behavior. By implementing a few simple tips and tricks, you can teach your dogs how to walk the right way.
- Develop Good Communicate Skills
Communication is key when learning how to walk dogs. Use specific words that your dog will pick up on to demonstrate what you want him to do. For example, by teaching your dog the word “heel,” you can use the word when you want your pet to keep pace with you, walking when you walk and stopping when you stop.
- Practice Leash Training
Many dogs struggle against the leash and will often go as far as the leash will physically allow them. To make walks more relaxing for everyone, practice leash training with your pup. Whenever your dog tugs on the leash, simply stop walking. Do not start again until the leash is no longer taut. Your dog will start to understand that pulling on the leash will result in a pause in their walk.
- Keep Control of Your Pet
While out for walks, you may notice that your dog gets too excited. New noises, sights, and smells may cause your pet to bark or become overly anxious or excited. One of the best ways you can keep control of your pet is by using a head halter or front-clip harness. Also keep your dog on a short leash and avoid retractable cord leashes.
- Take Time to Rest
Don’t try to hurry through your walk, especially on hot days. Remember that dogs are unable to sweat and they must keep cool by panting. Take frequent breaks on your walk and if possible, find shady spots to rest. Also be sure to bring along fresh water for your pet to prevent dehydration.
- Invest in Training Tools
If your dog has certain behavioral issues like barking, leash aggression, or jumping up, consider a training tool designed to curb these behaviors. The Doggie Don’t handheld dog training device is a humane and pain-free audible training tool that helps easily correct unwanted behaviors.
Walking provides a fun opportunity for you to bond with your dogs. Take the time to teach your pets the right way to walk so that everyone can enjoy the experience.