Pet owners and pet industry professionals alike know just how much time and energy goes into caring for furry friends. Diets, regular checkups, sleep and interactions all need to be scheduled and followed to keep them healthy and disciplined. A great way to train your dog, bond with them, get in exercise and interact with surrounding is walking.
Dog walking has become a business over the past few years with many claiming the title of dog whisperers as they help train dogs to be good boys. An important trick to dog walking is to first establish dominance over them without resorting to the use of punishments or spiky collars. There are many ethical and kind ways to assert dominance and train your dog to behave well when walking them including:
- When entering and exiting a building you always have to lead the way. This reinforces that you are the pack leader and they should follow you instead of the other way around.
- Always walk in front of your dog because if you allow him to be in control they will usurp your dominance and it will be chaotic. The correct way to dog walking is to have the dog behind you or beside you at all times.
- Keep them close and their leash short. When they start pulling on it make them sit and calm them down before you continue walking.
- Maintain your consistency. Some dogs pick things up within one walk while others take a few more sessions before they learn to take instructions and obey.
- Set a good example by picking up your dogs’ poop after them. If left around carelessly, it can cause health concerns for other pets and humans alike.
- Give the dog enough time to walk as it is a form of exercise. Recommended time is between 30 minutes to an hour. On long walks, come prepared with a collapsible water bowl and sunscreen for exposed areas like the ears and muzzle.
- Carry treats with you and reward the dog for good behavior during and after the walk. This will also require consistency as you do not want to give the dog a treat if they misbehave. It will help them associate good behavior with rewards, incentivizing them to be good.
- Be mindful of the paths you choose to walk on. Choose calm paths that aren’t crowded to avoid having them panic and reduce mishaps with people passing by. Avoid midday’s during summer and hot pavements as the surroundings will not be kind to either one of you.
- Ask the dog to sit when you stop at crossing points and before letting other people pet him; the former to avoid road accidents and the latter to teach him self-control and being calm around humans.
- Do not rush your dog during when walking. Take the time to explore different scents and sights, spend time with each other, bond and enjoy each others’ companies as friends would.
Ok, maybe you are not lazy but just don’t have then time needed in your busy week to take your dog on their daily exercise needs. How about seeking a local dog walking service in Sydney? This is the best option for busy professionals and time poor animal lovers alike.
Give your dog the walking and outdoor experience they need to be happy and healthy.