I was in Lighthouse Point last week installing a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® system for a new client and his Airdale Terrier, Lindey. The installation went quite well, except for all the rain. We got everything installed during the moments of dry weather and had the opportunity to let Lindey understand that he was no longer allowed to get near the fence and new shrubs by the fence in the back yard. He responded very well to the dog training and my client was very happy. As we were finishing up, he said he had a brother in new Jersey who had just adopted a large dog and was having trouble getting him to walk properly. Being a dog trainer as well as an invisible dog fence installer, did I have any ideas he could pass on.
Since I was going to provide my client that he would pass on, I wanted to try and keep it as simple and concise as possible. We all know the story of ten people passing on the description of an elephant. By the time the tenth person hears the description, there is no resemblance to an elephant at all. I thought that I would focus on some simple tips of location and leash selection. I told him the following:
- His brother should pick the side he wants to have his dog on when they walk. It is perfectly fine to pick the left or right side, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is consistency in the walking process. When he picks the side, he and the entire family will always walk the dog on that side. This allows the dog to establish a perspective of where he should be while walking. He will naturally fall into that spot because “that is his spot”.
- If my client’s dog is a big dog, I suggested walking him on his dominant side. If he needs to correct him, it is important that he does it from his strong side. (i.e. Is he right handed or left handed?)
- Once he has picked a side to walk his dog, he has to assure that everyone in the family will walk him on the same side. If he allows different friends and family members to walk him on the left side and other times on the right side, it will add to his confusion and extend the time it will take him to “walk well”.
- It is not imperative that the dog walk directly by his side like they were a row of soldiers in a military parade. He has to walk next to him in roughly the same location. This could even be slightly ahead. The important thing is that his dog always is prepared to give his brother focus at even the slightest tug of the leash. The dog can never pull on the leash. It must have some slack in it at all times.
- Now, I wanted to make one last thing perfectly clear. His brother must use a regular six foot leash when walking. NO EXTENSION LEASHES!
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