Special thanks to Vet Medic for sharing these tips on walking with your dog.
If you don’t quite enjoy walks with your dog as much as your pooch does, learning a few tips to help make it a better (and easier) experience for the both of you is bound to be beneficial. Especially if you find yourself spending the majority of the time attempting to control your dog rather than just enjoying the walk, too!
We thought we’d put together a list of some tips for doing just that, which new dog owners or dog owners with particularly boisterous pooches may find especially useful.
1. Aim to stay in control
The main key for gaining authority over your dog is to let them know that you’re ultimately in control. Use a firm voice to call them and get down to their level if they’re acting out. Likewise, try to keep pace with your dog – if they’re walking miles in front of you then they’ll soon think that they’re the boss. Keep a fairly short lead at the beginning of the process of making your dog walk better so that you avoid this. When they learn that you’re the leader, you can lengthen the lead and give them more freedom. You can purchase extendable dog leads fairly cheaply, too.
2. Use their favorite treats to reward them
There’s nothing wrong with giving your dog an occasional treat, especially as they’re getting exercise. Use them as a reward for good behavior; for occasions such as them listening to you and responding accordingly or if they have been calm around another dog or person who has approached them. Use them sparingly however, as they’ll soon catch on and will get frustrated if you don’t reward every little thing they do right.
3. Choose the best time of day
Getting your dog into a good routine is important, and you should choose the right time to take them out and aim to stick to it each day. If your dog is particularly anxious and nervous when walking, aim to take them at a time of day when the areas you go to are less busy to keep them calmer, particularly if there are usually lots of other dogs around or large groups of people that can intimidate your dog. You can also get treatments to help calm an anxious dog from sites like Vet Medic which can help with anxiety in the long run.
4. Take short breaks if necessary
Especially important for those extra hot summer days, if you’ve been doing a lot of walking on strenuous ground, give your dog breaks and lots of fresh, cool water. You can sit in a shaded area and take toys for them to play with as they cool off. Hot weather can be really unpleasant for your dog and can make the whole walk unpleasant as a result. Therefore letting them cool off and have some play time can be nice for them. It will also show them that walks aren’t just about exercise; they’re about helping them enjoy themselves which will make getting them to walk again the next day a bit easier.
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