Tuesday, June 14, 2016

6 Tips For Mastering Your Dog Walk

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.

3. Regularly walk your dog three times a day for at least 30 minutes.
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.

4. How to reward your dog during the walk.

After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.

5. Keep leading, even after the walk.

When you get home, don't stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.

6. Reward your dog after the walk.

By providing a meal and/or treat after the walk, you have allowed your dog to "work" for food and water.


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