Dog walking troubles
Is your pup a little rambunctious on walks? Walks with our pets are supposed to be enjoyable and relaxing. However, that is not always the case. Here are 4 common dog walking problems and how to correct the issues.
- Pulling on leash- no one likes being pulled all around the neighborhood. Practice positive leash training to improve the behavior. When your dog starts pulling, pause and wait until your dog looks back at you and releases tension on the leash. Once he does, proceed to continue walking. Do this each time he starts to pull.
- Being wild when you pull out the leash- our dog Dee did this. Once she saw us open the drawer, she would come barreling into the kitchen like a wild woman. Then she proceeded to jump and bounce while you try to put the harness on. To correct this-do not put the leash on when they are acting this way. Instead praise them when they show calm behavior. Once they are sitting and are calm you can put the harness on.
- Not listening to you when outside- does your dog have good listening skills in the house but then completely ignore you when you are outside walking? One of the reasons for this is because of all the stimulation outside- new smells, sights, etc. To improve your pups listening skills practice in a controlled environment such as in your home. You can start out by playing “find it.” Throw a treat and once your pup starts eating it say his name and when he looks back say “yes” and toss another treat. Continue to practice until he excels at looking back when called. Once he does this well in the home you can practice on walks with treats.
- Reacting to other dogs- this can be stressful when you are out walking. Your dog should always be listening to you when you say commands. Know what their threshold is. When do they become reactive? Is it 50 ft? 20ft? If you know the distance you can avoid the reaction. If your dog is not listening, barking, lunging, and is difficult to handle it is best to get a trainer.
The key is to practice, practice, practice good behavior. Our dogs are so smart but it takes positive reinforcement to learn the good behavior. We hope your walks are enjoyable together!