I have personally experienced dog owners who are pathetic at walking their dogs. Some of them let their maids handle dog walking. Such an act doesn’t establish a strong bond with your pet. Avoid it, if not for a practical difficulty. People who walk the dog are less inept in handing passing people and other pets. Puppies love to run in the direction they want to. When you walk in the opposite direction, they tend to make your walk slow and tiring. A confident and loving dog owner can completely change it for good.
Overcome walking anxiety
By nature dogs are pack animals. That’s their canine social structure. The pack is always led by its alpha. Once the alpha shows weakness or lack of patience, the others challenge the alpha. Between you and your dog, you got a 2 member pack. Stamp your fearless authority strongly. Show that you can handle situations and don’t need your dog to do that for you.
Walk with a relaxed yet confident posture and have an asserting grip on the leash. Do not convey anxiety by pulling the leash too tight. Your dog understands this as weakness and gears up to take over. When you get a dog to go by instincts it’s a recipe for disaster. If things go bad, be patient enough. Once you do that, you get a happy companion eventually.
Right set of tools
You need to pick the right set of tools for dog walking. The idea is to discover tools in which you feel comfortable. You need a leash that gives a loose yet firm grip on your dog. Choose a right collar or harness to go along with it. Make sure the leash or collar is not harmful on the dog too. Pick only from recognizable brands to assure safety in manufacturing materials. Dogs are for most part guilty of ingesting stuff. Once you feel comfortable around these tools, you can start working on techniques.
Handling passing likes a pro
Walking your dog gets tough when you pass over another dog owner or vice versa. Dogs get excited and start pulling your leash. The other dog or element is getting your dog’s attentions. Regardless of how your dog would react, a reaction is unwarranted especially in public places. In such moments, have your own trigger for diverting attention. For instance you can gently kick your dog sideways rather than pulling your leash over its relatively numb neck.
Stop your dog from pulling
A dog pulls on the leash for a lot of reason. Excitement is the underlying cause in all of it. Your pet may want to run instead of just walk. It may want to small something or want to play with another dog. It chases after ball, toys or even squirrels. You need to ask your dog to relax and keep calm through the leash. Get your dog to walk closer to you rather than leading by meters. Execute your personalized trigger to divert his attention. The idea is to understand and control the excitement.