I sometimes get asked if I have any tips for walking a dog. More so for those people who’s dog is young or progressing the dog to walk off a lead. Starting with the lead most owners opt for a standard collar and D-ring which the lead is simply attached to other owners adopt for a harness as this doesn’t choke the dog but usually this is more practical for smaller dogs from my experience.
I always feel it’s good to talk to your dog and give them plenty of praise. A good little trick for when teaching a dog to return when they have started being walked off the leash is to have a little treat for when they return to your call and being rewarded for the positive behaviour encourages your dog to repeat the behaviour. On the flip side if the dog is being over zealous and dragging you along on the walk simply hault to a stop. It’s very important they know you are in charge and this should be taught as early on as possible as for the larger dogs it can be quite overpowering for be dragged along by them.
I’m not a dog behavioral expert and for those of you who feeling you need help in that department I would recommend www.the-dog-listener.co.uk.
You know your dog better than anyone so there isn’t one right way to walk your dog my personal feeling is as long as they know who is in charge it should be enjoyable for both you and your dog and they certainly do love the praise, time you spend with them, attention and exercise.
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