How to Walk Your Dog

Posted: July 27, 2015 in Government
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Most people who get a dog as a pet find walking a dog is not as simple as it sounds. Unless, of course, you have trained dogs in the past, you are going to find yourself either being led by the dog or desperately trying to get your dog to walk alongside with you. Here are a couple of tips you can use to train your dog to walk alongside you.

Walking in Front of the Dog

It is important for you to walk in front of the dog. When you do this, you are showing that you are the pack leader and that your dog must follow you. To get this habit started, you should be the first one out the door and not the dog. Train the dog to wait for you to step out first and then to follow. Use a short leash and ensure that your dog walks behind or beside you.

Using a Short Leash

Using a short dog leash will give you more control over the dog. Attaching the strap to the top of the dog’s neck will help you easily communicate, correct and guide your dog. The Pack Leader collar is an excellent tool to use if you need extra help in controlling your dog. Remember to keep the safety of the dog in mind when giving a correction.

Sufficient Time

Just like humans, dogs are diurnal, so morning walks are good for the dog. You will need to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour to walk your dog. Each dog is different, speak to your vet to see if there are any changes in the dog’s behavior and if you need to do anything else.

Rewarding Your Dog

When walking your dog, it is important to reward the dog by allowing it to sniff around and relieve itself. You will need to decide when this rewarding time is over and start walking the dog again. Rewarding time should always be less than the time you spend walking the dog.

Susan Taylor has participated in breeding and showing Champion Bearded Collies since 2001.

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