There are several ways to walk your dog, in the walk, you can insert exercises such as: walking, reminding remotely … or simply, just enjoy the ballad.
Be careful, walking his dog is not as easy as you think! There are rules to respect for the dog but also for the master. at first, it is important to make your 4-legged friend understand that you are in charge, not him.
This article is dedicated to helping dog owners to walk their dogs serenely with the help of some tips …
Why walking your dog is important?
Dogs need to release their energy each day.
When you walk your dog, know that you are his exercise for him. Yes, that’s obvious, is not it? Unfortunately, many owners do not respect the daily exit cost. Walking a dog, is not “pee, poo” at the corner of the house and we return.
It is necessary to invest oneself, to know how to take on his time, if you are not ready to make this effort, your dog will react in a negative way, ex: destruction at the house, nuisance barking and so on …
If you neglect all these tips, then I strongly advise you to buy a goldfish, at least it will not bother you! Remember that some dogs are much more active than others.
6 tips to walk you dog serenely
1 – Learning to walk on a leash
The sooner you start learning to walk on a leash to your dog, the better it will be to walk outside. The ideal is to start from the acquisition of the puppy, you can at home, introduce your puppy to the port of the leash and collar, I explain all this in detail in my guide. Attention I do not speak of walking on foot but of walking on a leash without shooting.
If you adopt an adult dog, who has never been educated to walk on a leash, do not worry! Even adult dogs can learn. Just be aware that it may take a little longer to clear bad habits.
The key to successfully walking your dog serenely is to be consistent and hardworking. If you meet these two criteria, you will end up with a dog that will behave well in the walks.
2 – Choosing the right material
The material has a huge influence on the leash. We will return to it below. When you walk your dog, try to never stretch the leash, the more you will stretch it, the more your companion will get ahead by pulling too on his side and walks with your dog will become a nightmare for you.
To avoid this, I strongly advise you not to take a short leash for ballads, the best tool is the retractable leash, we have already discussed in other articles of the blog.
3 -Be coherent
Be consistent with the orders! give your dog simple, short commands, in short, talk dog! But the most important thing is to be consistent. If today you say A and tomorrow another member of the family says B, then you will get an opposite result.
While walking, if you want your dog to turn right like you, say “come” or “follow” … do you understand the principle? If your dog refuses to follow you, you have two methods, negative reinforcement and positive reinforcement:
Let’s start with the negative reinforcement that is the most practiced still today in our country: give with the leash one or more dry saccades by giving the two orders mentioned above, attention, I specify that we do not pull the dog .
The second method is positive reinforcement by reward: you take out a candy or a toy from your pocket to invite him to follow.
These two methods can be repeated in any direction even for the half turn. Also remember that your dog will have no idea what you want him to understand at first. If you verbally say “come” or “follow”, your dog will not be doing anything, so you will need to show him. When turning to the right, say “come” using one of two methods.
Over time your dog will understand that “come” or “follow” means: FOLLOW THE MASTER
4 – Not to do
If you use a conventional lanyard to walk your dog, I do not recommend wrapping it around your hand, it could cause you injury, such as a fracture or other, if your dog suddenly pulls in.
a direction. This board includes all members of the family.
5 – Diversify the walks
A walk or a walk should last about 20 minutes minimum, you do not have to go out of your house by keeping your dog to the foot to go to the wood, it is you who decide if necessary or not.
Ex: if you live in the city center and the wood is a few hundred meters, then it is better for the safety of your pet, keep it running at the foot. This will involve the order “at the foot” or “at the step” …
Know that walking his dog should not be stereotyped, you can let him sniff the ground, play with him, in short anything, without allowing too much overflow … eg jump on people, attacking people, eating garbage on the ground, pull on the leash, bite the leash …
6- Let Your Dog Sniff Around for Mental Stimulation
Did you know dog walks are about more than just physical exercise? Your dogs walk is (usually) the only time they get to go out and explore each day. Give them a little extra time to sniff around.
If you don’t want to stop every 5 seconds or have you dog sniffing around in your neighbors yard that’s fine. You decide which areas are appropriate (and safe) for them to explore. When you want to give your dog a little sniff break just loosen your dogs leash for a few minutes and give them a chance to take in all those smells. I use a “go smell” cue for Laika, and a “let’s walk” cue for when it’s time to move on.
All those smells provide your dog with stimulation and information, it’s their way of keeping track of what’s going on in the neighborhood. And you’d be surprised at how exhausting a nice ‘sniffer’ walk can be for your dog compared to a brisk 15 minute one around the neighborhood with no sniff breaks.
We often focus on just the physical aspect of walking, but keep in mind that extra mental stimulation your dog gets from sniffing really adds up.
Some scientists argue that we’re doing a disservice to our animals by not acknowledging the importance of smell for their well being. You can make walks more meaningful & enriching to your dog just by giving them a few extra minutes to sniff around.
Program of sensory enrichment that target the dominant sense for the species under scrutiny, using harmless, non-stressful stimuli, are likely to result in the greatest benefits for animal welfare. – Applied Animal Behavior Science
For walks, I advise you to vaccinate your dog. Get a solid collar, a retractable leash and of course treats or a toy.