We all know that walking with our dogs is also creating strong bonds with them. But not all of us know how to properly walk with them on a lead. The key is to make our dogs see us as their pack leader which makes it easy for us to have them follow us proactively. Here are 6 important tips for a comfier and fun dog’s day out.
1. Be their Pack Leader
For them to see you as a pack leader, try walking in front of them. Otherwise, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. Be the first one to step out the door and the first one in. Have him walk beside or behind you and train him on getting used to these ways.
2. Use a comfortable short lead or a lead with traffic handle
This allows you to have more control. Attaching the lead to the very top of the neck can help you easily communicate, guide and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider the Sweetie Dog Lead. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections.
3. Give enough time for the dog walk.
Dogs, like humans, are most active during the day so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside one full hour of your time. Please keep in mind each dog differs from each other and that being said each dog has specific needs to be met. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour to see if there are any changes or if his needs are being met.
4. Let them sniff from time to time.
After your dog has maintained a proper disposition, reward him by letting him to relieve himself and sniff around. And of course, you need to decide when reward time is over. Remember that it must always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.
5. Continue being the leader even after the walk
When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog patiently wait while you put away his lead or take off your shoes.
6. Don’t Forget the Treats
Giving treat to your dog is more than an expression of love for our dog; it can be a positive behaviour reinforcement and a critical component in dog training. Rewarding good dog behaviour works so well in training because a dog’s sense of smell is so incredible. Use treats to reinforce a calm, submissive state and not to reward an excited, over-stimulated state of mind.
Whether you’re out for an adventure with your dog or just out for a walk, don’t forget to bring your Sweetie Dog Treat Bag which comes with a collapsible water bowl, a built-in poop bag dispenser, and a FREE clicker is an ideal set to accompany you and your furry friend during long walks. There’s space for your stuff too!