Tips For Walking Your Dog on a Leash
27 December, 2011

You just got a new dog and you want to take him for a walk.   Of course, you will need to put a leash on your new dog.  And then you try to walk him on a leash thinking that it is a natural transition.  However, some dogs take to leash easily, walking right away.  Other dogs need practice.  And, you need patience.

If you have a dog that has not learned to walk on a leash, below are some recommendations to help you and your dog become great walking partners:

PRACTICE INDOORS

Practicing indoors can be less stressful than outside. Lobbies and hallways are great places to start. You don’t have to worry about traffic or loud noises that could startle your pup. There aren’t as many people walking by you two. And your dog can learn to pay attention to you. Build a good foundation of having your dog listen to your commands of “walk,” “stop,” “wait,” and “let’s go” and you’ll have an easier time when it’s time to venture to the great city streets!

BEGIN RIGHT AWAY

Whether your dog is only two months or five years old, start walking with a leash as soon as you can. If your dog is not old enough to be out on the street due to needing vaccines, start in your yard or in the house. Puppies like to play follow the leader so it can be easier to get them to follow you around. Adult dogs will also want to stick next to you because they are in a new home. Use this to your advantage. Let them know it’s safe to go where you go, praise your dog and slow down at turns, speed up walking straight, and teach your pup to follow your lead.

This is fun!

DEVELOP A ROUTINE

Your dog might like to dance and this means you may have to have a routine in place to make walking fun, a game to instill leadership. Start walking, stop, ask your puppy to sit down, reward him or her, and start walking again. This can take time and might mean slower and shorter walks at the beginning which is a good way to transition. Praise your dog often when everything is working well. A simple “good!” or “yes!” can work on walks. After a few repetitions of the same commands in the same order, it can feel like a normal routine.

BRING TREATS ALONG

Don’t be stingy with the treats. This might mean cutting back on the portions you are dishing out at meal times so your dog doesn’t get chubby. Think of this way, you are competing against the smells of the trees, grass, fast food restaurants, other dogs, and everything else that is outside. If your dog needs treats to ignore those things and pay attention to you, so be it! Make it easy for your dog to want to pay attention to you.

PATIENCE IS KEY

Be patient and provide other forms of exercise and mental stimulation for your dog, not just while training but always. The walk will be exciting but won’t be the most important thing to do if your dog has other activities that are also fun. A dog that gets adequate exercise is better behaved, well balanced, and easier to train than one who is bored and under stimulated.

Good luck and I hope these tips help! Read More Tips Here!

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