The Pet Owner’s Guide to Walking a Dog

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Walking a dog can be more difficult than you might think. When walking a dog, you might think you’re going to go on a nice leisurely walk with your dog, but it turns into a tug of war. You may wonder why your dog has to stop and pee on everything or why he has to stop and sniff everything in his path.

Pulling on the leash is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when walking a dog. Walking nicely on a leash doesn’t come naturally to most curious and excitable dogs who are anxious to get out and explore. But with some training and patience, you can teach your dog to obediently walk on a leash. You’ll need to use treats and some positive reinforcement to get him to follow your lead and your pace. Also, the more lead he has on the leash the more he thinks that it’s okay to explore. So give your dog less slack on the leash when training him to stay close.

To learn more about controlling a dog on a walk, go to How Can I Control My Dog When Walking?

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your dog from pulling, but sometimes when you try to walk your dog he may lay down and refuse to move. If this happens, he could be sick, hurt or tired. If this happens, stop and examine your dog’s paws. If his paws are fine, stop and rest a minute and give your dog some water. Sometimes a dog is just stubborn. If all else fails, try to coax your dog with some treats. You should never force your dog to walk. If this behavior continues to be an issue, see your veterinarian.

While walking a dog, it may frustrate you that your dog has to stop and pee on everything. Why do dogs do this? Well, dogs are territorial and urine is a natural way for a dog to mark his territory. It tells other dogs that he’s been there and has claimed this territory. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered have a greater need to mark their territory.

Walking a dog is important to his health and happiness. Walks can help keep your dog entertained, which will help to eliminate the destructive behavior. Walking a dog can also help to keep your dog fit. On average, by walking your dog you are giving your dog about 30 minutes of exercise a day. That’s important to help keep your dog healthy and fit.

What’s the correct way to walk a dog? Here we will give you a guide to walking a dog the right way, and how to get help walking a dog if you’re not home.

How to Walk a Dog

You should be able to take your dog on a walk without incidence. That’s why good leash skills are so important for the safety of your dog and you. So let’s take a look at how to walk a dog.

To start, you should use a short leash to give you more control. To train your dog, you should start by having some treats with you to reward your dog for good behavior. You should also use a marker for good behavior – try a clicker or tell your dog “yes!”

To learn how to walk a dog it is best to start without a leash. You can do this indoors or in a securely fenced outdoor area. To start the training, walk around the space but ignore your dog. Then, call your dog in an enthusiastic tone and reward him with a treat when he comes to you. As you continue to walk together, periodically reward your dog with a treat. After a few sessions, your dog will learn good things come from walking by your side.

Now it’s time to begin leash training. If your dog is calm, simply clip the leash to his collar and reward him for staying still. If your dog is hyper, you’ll need to train him to be calm before the leash goes on. If your dog goes crazy when you reach for the leash, quickly pull your hand back and just stand there. Don’t speak to your dog. This should help him to settle down. Reward your dog for standing still and focusing on you. Once he is calmly waiting, clip on the leash. If he gets excited again simply stop, pull your hands back and wait until he calms down again.

When you’re first learning how to walk a dog, it is important to keep your training sessions short. Start by establishing correct behavior on the leash. Your dog will no doubt pull on the leash and try to lead you. But at some point, he will stop this behavior and let the leash go slack. At this point, you should mark and reward your dog. If your dog walks nicely without pulling, mark and reward him now and then to reinforce the lesson. If your dog continues to try to pull you forward, simply stop in your tracks. Once the leash goes slack mark and reward your dog and then resume walking. Do this every time your dog begins to pull.


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