Walking Your Dog – What is Your Job?
We were out in Naples, Florida last week delivering some new Dog Training Collars to a prior client. Everything was fine with the collars and the out of sight dog fence, but they had a question about walking in the neighborhood. This is normally not a question for a Pet Containment Professional, but since we are Certified Dog Behavior Therapists and Master Trainers, we were happy to provide the appropriate information.
The first thing that you need to remember is that when you take your dog for a walk, you have a very important job. Your job is much more than just holding the leash and walking down the street.
When you are walking your dog, it is very important that you let him know he is safe. Just when you were a little kid, you looked to your parents to keep you safe when you were on the street, in a restaurant, or in a mall. It is just as important to do that now with your dog when you are out and about. Because of this, your job is far greater than you might think when you are out for a walk.
Here are some training tips for your walk:
- Keep your dog on a leash next to you when you walk. This will let him see that you are there and that he doesn’t have to worry about things.
- Always scan ahead of you. Look for kids on bikes, people, squirrels, other dogs, etc. You must always be aware of anything that might frighten or startle your dog.
- If you locate a problem ahead, be prepared to let him know that you will protect him or redirect him so that the distraction is minimized or eliminated.
- If you don’t see the problem in time and your dog starts to bark and become agitated, turn around and walk in a direction away from the distraction until he calms down. Then walk to a quiet area until the fearful distraction passes.
- Pick routes that naturally don’t have as many inappropriate issues for your dog. You want to make the walk pleasant and to help strengthen his understanding that you are the leader and the person keeping him safe. (Yes, it is OK to “stack the deck” in your favor!)
- Remember, like the pilot of an airplane, you want to get your passengers to their location happy, safe, and sound. Following these few tips will go a long way to making “walkies” a fun and happy time for you and your dog.
If you have any questions regarding Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing or dog training tips, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Installation and Dog Trainers in Naples.