|From left to right are Lemmy, Iggy, Arty, and my coon hound, Daisy, taking a photo break after our long walk in Dover, NH.|
Here are six dog training tips on how to walk and master your dog walk. When I’m out and about, I'm often seen walking three to four dogs at a time and people are amazed by this, but it's simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader.
1. Walk in front of or beside your dog.Walking in front of or beside your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in.
2. Use a short dog leash.I always use a 4 to 6 foot leash because they allow for more control. Also, attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider Cesar Milan's Pack Leader Collar or a Martingale no-slip collar available through the Lupine company.
Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ.