Walk Your Dog : One of the most common problems with dogs walking on a leash is when the dog pulls on them. Sometimes you may feel like your dog is taking you for a walk and you’re not being very honest. It makes for one of the most unpleasant experiences and can often cause people to stop walking there or limit the amount of walking they do.
This can cause great stress for dog owners and can lead to feelings of immense frustration. The good news is people train dogs there to walk alongside them and any dog can be trained to walk right in front.
Time to take the dog for a walk.
We get up from our chairs probably telling the dog “walking time”, the dog responds by getting up and coming back to life. We head to the bedroom in our coats or change into more flashy clothes. During this time we may make more eye contact with our dog and talk to him which makes him bounce and often this makes us happy because our dog is excited and can’t wait to go for a walk.
So we are pushing this more and more because we want our dogs to be happy. Usually the next thing is we start towards the door and if you go down the stairs or walk down the hall you will find your dog running towards the door before you can even get there. At this time we may be telling our dog to slow down or calm down.
As we got closer to the front door, the dog probably started barking and circling for joy. At this point we might make our dog sit up, though it may be shaking with excitement. We pointed our dog and as soon as the dog heard a click it stood up and headed straight for the door. It’s about time we started getting angry and our first outburst might be here, where we yell at our dog and tell him to sit down.
We opened the door and as soon as the door opened our dog jumped out dragging us with them. This made us angrier so we pulled the dog back to us and tried to close the door and maybe we screamed to someone inside that we were walking the dog. We start out towards the road and along the way our dogs pull us like a freight train, they may start sniffing the bushes then mark them, giving us a bit of relief before they slide off to the next spot for marking or sniffing.
This can be quite embarrassing especially when people start staring at us and seeing our dog dragging us down the street. Around this time we can either let go and yell at our dog or just accept that this is what our dog wants when walking.
Often on the way we can hear the dog choking on lead which makes us try to reason with the dog by telling him to wait or stop, when all this fails we release more lead allowing temporary relief before he comes forward and continues. to strangle himself.
The only way we can stop choking is to walk at his pace. By the time we got home, the dog had slowed down and was probably not leading too much. That is until we reach our house. As we approached the door, our dog started pulling again and dragging us to the front door.
We then opened the door and our dog came in and we looked exhausted and found the walk not fun but a chore. From here we start to associate walks with negative thoughts and thus we start to become less inclined to walk our dogs. It seems hopeless and all the tips that our relatives and friends give us either don’t work out well or just make us hopeless.
So, as proactive people, we started looking for information on how to properly guide your dog. After Googleing “how to stop your dog pulling lead” we’ve found this article. Or maybe you figured this out some other way – no problem. The important thing is that this problem is very common and with a few simple tips and consistent training, your dog will take the lead.
Your walk begins before you go for a walk:
Dogs learn from gifts. Our dog’s behavior is a direct reflection of how we reward our dog for certain behaviors. If your dog is jumping up and down for joy, it’s because you appreciate this behavior. A reward can be as simple as talking to your dog, touching your dog, or even eye contact. It’s important to know that a gift isn’t just a drop of chocolate; it comes in many forms
How does all this relate to walking your dog properly? Well the journey begins as soon as you get up from your chair. In the scenario above when we get up from our chairs for a walk, we tell our dog “walking time” which warns our dog to increase his energy and thus get excited. Often we train our dogs to react in certain ways to words or body language by accident and it is these triggers that cause our dogs to react like crazy sometimes.
So first thing, if you are going for a walk, ignore your dog and don’t let you do anything. Don’t make eye contact, don’t say anything and try to maintain a balanced energy. Often it may be good to visualize the reason you are going for a walk, perhaps instead of walking your dog, you walk to the local Dairy for a bottle of milk and your dog follows you.
Remember that when you go for a walk, you are not walking your dog. Instead you will go for a walk and your dog will come with you. This is very important because without this going through our heads we can do the subtle things that dogs pick up on that make them think they can lead you on this journey. If your dog is pulling your lead, it means he is leading you.
So when you get ready to walk, ignore your dog completely, don’t give him any triggers to increase his energy. Your dog’s energy should not increase, if it does, you need to sit down and repeat until your dog doesn’t react to you. There’s no point in continuing to walk if you leave the house with a high-energy dog.
The front door is usually the place where your dog will have high energy (that’s the trigger) so don’t take your dog to the front door to put the lead in. You should put your lead on the dog away from the door, in another room. When you’re wiring, make sure the dog doesn’t just fall off, nor is it excited. You should ignore your dog and just put a lead on it. The dog should not realize that he has a clue.
If the dog gets excited when you put the lead on, you should de-energize the dog by removing the lead and sitting back down. Again, you shouldn’t take a high-energy dog for a walk. Installing the lead is an important part as it is like a front door and is often a high energy trigger.
The reason why we make sure our dog’s energy is low before we move on to the next step is because the dog will take this high energy to the next step and you will only train your dog to have high energy as you take it. for a walk. What we are doing here is training your dog to have low energy in every phase of walking.
Your next step is to get the dog to lead next to you. Make sure the lead is short and that you should direct your dog to the door. Don’t let your dog rush the door and don’t let him get in front of you. You must have complete control over the dog.
If you find him attractive or uncontrollable, you should take him back to the room you came from, de-energize him by making him sit and wait. Once the energy is lower then take it to the door again. Keep repeating this step until you can lead the dog to the front door without tugging or tugging on you.
Make him sit and wait at the door. The next part will often cause your dog to try and jump out the door. This is again a sign that your dog wants to lead the walk or is excited to go for a walk. So make sure he sits down and calms down, if you find your dog crying you can stop him by using a voice command like “sssssst”.
If you use a word like “stop” or “wait,” you might put an emotion into it that simply punishes a dog for hearing only the sound of the word, they don’t understand the word. Open the door. If the dog jumps out, close the door and take the dog back to the previous room. Make him sit down and wait for it to calm down. Again take the dog to the door and open it.
Sit there with the door open for about 10 seconds to give yourself time to get used to the smell and the outside environment. You have to go out the door and your dog has to follow you. Once you are outside, make your dog sit up and close the door. Another problem that can occur at this stage is that your dog may be following you, but he may jump out the door and try to rush out. If you do this, repeat the walk through
lead and keep them beside you. Short leads mean you have control over them and they won’t choke on their own. Focus on visualizations such as going to dairy and getting your milk. Your dog should be by your side and you should now ignore your dog. If you try to pull sideways, you should counter it with a short pull back toward you. Do not drag your dog, the pull should be very short and fast.
This throws your dog off balance and stops him from wanting to sniff the bushes. If you drag a dog, you could injure him and possibly yourself. In no time you will be able to catch when your dog is going to be stubborn and a simple little tug on the lead will fix it.
You have to lead this path so you have to be confident when walking, ignore your dog and go straight to your destination. With your dog at a lower energy, they should be easier to control and with a quick hint they shouldn’t be in front of you. If they start trying to overtake you, do a quick pull and use the “sssssssst” command to get your pace back. Don’t let your dog take over your path.
One of the most common mistakes is to use a lead that is too long and let your dog control you – then you have absolutely no control and your dog will do what he wants. Your dog also doesn’t have to sniff every bush as you walk; this is just territorial behavior and should be prevented. If you keep your dog by your side and don’t stay away from you for a short period of time, they will get used to this and will make walking a lot easier.
The next very important part of a walk is when you get home. When you enter your front door, your dog should be calm and unmotivated. If we let them enter the house with enthusiasm, then next time we go out for a walk, they will take this joy with them. So make them sit down and make sure you get into your house first. You have to take them to the living room behind you quietly, lead them and just walk away.
Also make sure that no one else in the house is making a fuss with the dog as this can make your dog think that he is the leader of the house. Found in another article: Are you the pack leader? Often feeding the dog after some activity is good because feeding will also put your dog to sleep which is the dog’s natural cycle: Exercise > Discipline > Food > Sleep.
To make this work well, you have to be consistent. You can’t go back to the old way of walking your dog.
Ignore your dog before you go for a walk
•Only walk when your dog is calm
If your dog is excited before a walk, don’t walk them until they have calmed down
•Take 15 minutes to tire them out with the ball before walking
In order to teach your dog to walk beside you, you must have brief instructions and walk beside you all the way
• Visualize a reason why you are going for a walk, for example you are getting milk from the dairy and your dog is coming.
To control the dog on a leash don’t drag your dog, use a short tug and also the “sssssssst” command
•Keep your energy level low and consistent, never increase your energy as your dog will only increase it.
•Walk at your speed not your dog
• Control your walk, have a strong firm posture
• Ignore your dog while walking, don’t pay too much attention to him, don’t talk to him.