What you need to take your dog for a walk
Do you envy people who make walking in the park with their dog look as easy as pie, but when you take your dog for a walk, it ends up in disaster? Don’t let your dog take you for a walk. With the right equipment and training, you’ll be a proud dog-walker soon.
What you need
Before you take on walking your dog, make sure you have the following items, which is available at Family Pet Centre:
Where to start
Start out where there is little distraction in your dog’s environment – somewhere he is used to walking with little traffic or other dogs. Start walking forward with your dog, marking the natural behaviour with a click (or a verbal praise) and reinforcing it with a treat and by walking forward.
The moment your dog pulls, STOP! Call him back to you in a positive, upbeat voice without pulling on the lead at all. The best way to do this is to attach the lead to your waist with a waist belt. This way, not only are your hands free to work with the clicker and the treats, but you will be less inclined to pull on the lead.
The second the lead slackens, you can click the clicker followed by a treat and verbal praise and by walking forward again, which is a reward in itself. Use small, bite-size treats for reinforcing the wanted behaviour. This way the dog will soon learn that good things come from walking next to you. He also learns that when he pulls, the fun of walking stops.
The most important factor to keep in mind is that you’ll need patience to practise over and over. Don’t expect your dog to get it right the first time, and don’t lose patience with your dog either.
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