W-A-L-K. Chances are that your dog already knows what this word is and it’s a great time to step out for some fresh air! But it can be a tough time for the both of you if your dog pulls a lot, so we’ve got the tips for you!
Get a grip on it
- Keep the leash short: Too much leash gives your dog the permission to pull you along. Bunch up the leash in your hand and by keeping the leash short, it keeps him walking next to you instead of ahead of you. Some leashes also have a second handle made of rubber, making it easier for you to grip and have double the hold on your eager pup.
- Collar or harness: Find a collar or harness that best suits your dog’s needs, as well as your own. Harnesses can be fitted around the dog’s body if you’re not too fond of collars, but it can encourage pulling. Front-hook harnesses can minimize the use of a tight collar around your dog’s neck, but also cut back on the pulling because the hook is in the front of the harness so that your dog is meant to follow you, and not the reverse.
A two-way stop
- Have a patience to sit: If your dog is playing tug o’ war with you on your walk, get them to sit at the first tug you feel and have him hold that position until you think it’s okay to start walking again.
- Be calm: Dogs can sense a human’s anxiety and that also tends to make them more anxious about what’s going on. If you’re too worked up about the dog’s pulling, then this could create a tense atmosphere between the both of you. Take a breather, relax and walk with confidence so your dog doesn’t take the lead. Remember: you’re the alpha, so don’t let your dog walk you!
- Practice makes perfect: Even when your dog doesn’t have to do his business, practicing with your dog can help you learn what your dog’s habits are, help you train him and also figure out what you both need to improve on. Walks are a good form of exercise to burn off some of that energy, and training your dog on his walks could take some time, leaving your dog tired both mentally and physically by the end of it.
It’s also important to time your walks during certain seasons, as not all dogs can withstand the cold or the heat. Best times to go on a walk during the summer seasons are the early morning hours and sunset, when the sun isn’t high or hot.
We hope these tips make walking with your dog enjoyable and adventurous!