Having a pet requires a lot of time, love, and patience. People who have pets should also be responsible, especially when it comes to training or learning how to walk a dog. There are many other factors to consider, such as buying the right collar and leash, setting goals for your pet, and then rewarding your dog when he or she does well. All of this takes time, but soon you will know what to do so that you and your pet can experience a great dog walk.
Basics of dog walking
1. Put your dog on a leash and collar. There will come a time when your dog will know it’s walk time as soon as he sees you holding the leash. Introduce him to the collar from a young age. Put the collar around your dog’s neck, show him the leash, and tell him it’s time to go for a walk.
2. The collar should be on tight, but not too tight. Make sure the collar is not too tight around the dog’s neck, and also put one or two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. The collar should also not be too loose, because if the dog tries to get out of the collar, he will achieve his goal by simply pulling his head back.
3. Choose which side you want the dog to walk on. It is important to be consistent when walking your dog. Let the dog walk on one of the fixed sides so that he knows where he is on the walk. The dog will get used to walking with you because he knows which side you want him to walk on. Remember that walking on a leash by its owner is not a natural thing for your pet. You have to give it time to get used to it.
4. Pull the leash closer to your body. The most important thing in learning to walk a dog is that the owner should maintain control so that the pet will follow the owner’s commands. You are the boss and this should be reflected in your walks.
Wrap a traditional leash around your hand until the distance between the dog and you cannot be reduced any further.
Pull the leash closer to your body, but there should also be enough room for your dog to walk.
Your dog will feel the resistance of the leash and realize that it is wrong to pass you.5. Talk to your dog. He understands the tone of your voice. Don’t get discouraged. Encourage your dog with “awesome” or “good job” when he does the right thing. Use a stern voice to stop him from doing the wrong things like barking at people passing by or growling at other dogs.
6. Reward your dog. Use rewards to train your dog to follow you on walks, especially to train your pet not to pull on the leash. Reward it frequently and consistently.
To achieve your training goals, prepare some of your dog’s favorite treats. Many dogs are interested in hot dogs, cheese, or jerky.
Buying the right dog walking equipment
1. Talk to your veterinarian before you buy dog walking equipment. A veterinarian knows your pet as well as you do and can recommend the dog walking equipment you may need. Trust your veterinarian’s expertise when choosing collars and leashes based on your dog’s specific size or weight. Your veterinarian can help you choose the right collar so that your dog’s neck doesn’t suffer from all kinds of conditions because the collar doesn’t fit properly.
2. Buy the right collar and leash for your pet. There are a variety of collars and leashes on the market, but not all of them are suitable for your pet. For example, when the dog is cooperative and willing to cooperate with you on walks, using a traditional buckle collar and leash with hooks will do. For those pets that do not cooperate with walks, more restrictive collars and leashes can be used.
A collar that fits directly into the collar helps keep easily distracted dogs on the course.
Dog banana collars are suitable for dogs that like to pull on leashes.
Safety belts are useful for dogs with longer necks.
Unique-purpose collars include shock-absorbing collars, vibrating collars, and GPS collars.
Collars that glow in the dark ensure that they can be seen by others.
3. Consider using a rattle for training. It is believed that this device helps train dogs safely and effectively. Using a rattle develops and reinforces good behavior, and communication with the dog is clearer and more concise. Start by making the rattle click, followed by a treat that communicates to the dog that he is doing a great job. The rattler training method is effective in areas such as dog training walks, bark training, potty training, and trick training. Use the rattles as follows and then give him some reward.
Put on a leash.
When your dog no longer refuses to wear the leash.
When the dog walks behind or next to you.
Repeat periodically throughout the dog walk.
Take the leash off when you get home.
Repeat this daily.
Ensuring a more comfortable dog walk
1. Know when it’s too hot to go out and walk your dog. The best time to walk your dog usually depends on the temperature. Mornings or evenings are better for walking dogs. Avoid midday walks because the sidewalk is too hot for your dog’s feet. The best way to test if it’s too hot is to put your hand on the sidewalk. If you have to remove your hand after just five seconds, it’s too hot.
2. Carry enough water and food. You should also carry poop bags, rattles, a portable bowl, and a water bottle. If the walk is too long or the weather is hot, it is very important to let the dog drink enough water. This is also true in the summer. Healthy, portable snacks include.
Crushed ice can be carried in warmer weather
3. Take breaks when necessary and try to walk your dog in a shaded area. When training your dog to get used to walking with you, it’s best not to take too long, especially if this is his first time wearing a collar and leash. Constantly pulling your dog tends to exhaust your little one. Find a shady spot to rest for a few minutes.
- Carry a spray bottle with cold water to use to stop your pet from barking at others.
- Clean up your pet’s poop when walking your dog.
- Talk to your pet and practice commands throughout your dog walk.
- Avoid muzzles as they can make your pet aggressive.
- Introduce your dog to other animals from a young age.
- Don’t use shock collars or spike collars; it’s wrong to make your dog behave properly out of fear of pain.
- Avoid using an extension lead. While an extension lead will give your dog more freedom, pulling him back will also become more difficult.
- When a dog gets older, it takes a while to get used to the presence of other dogs.
- Take your dog’s favorite treat or toy with you on walks. If the dog stops and doesn’t move, you can throw them out to get the dog’s attention.
Things to have on hand
- Leash, collar, or protection belt
- A tag that identifies your pet
- Dog’s favorite snacks
- Poop bags
- Toys (depending on where you’re going)