Walking your dog can be a leisurely experience, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors and exercise while making sure your dog gets the same opportunity. It’s a great way for dog owners and their pets to bond and explore together, but there are certain problems that can arise from the experience as well. Here are some of the common issues that dog owners experience and some ways to avoid them.
How to Keep Your Dog from Pulling During Walks
If you have a dog that likes to yank your leash when walking and get ahead of you, there are ways to avoid this annoyance and make your walk more relaxing. Thankfully, there is a good solution for this that involves the use of a harness and a leash. You can learn more about this solution here with a little tutorial by Alecia Evans for the Walk In Sync dog harness and leash. The dog in question is 5-month-old Shiner, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
How to Avoid Growling While Walking
Dogs like to assert their dominance when walking, which might involve occasionally growling at other dogs, even if they’re otherwise the nicest on the block. There are a few solutions to keep your dog from growling. One way to prevent growling is to put your dog through obedience training courses in order to get used to the presence of other canines, but if that isn’t doable it might be best to attempt to avoid areas where other dogs are present while walking. Using negative words such as “Bad” and “No” when your dog growls might also let them know you disapprove, gradually correcting their behavior.
How to Prevent Lunging
While growling might be a slight nuisance more than anything else during a walk, you might find your dog lunging out of aggression. The best way to make sure your dog doesn’t lunge is to be aware of when your dog is growing increasingly aggressive and getting ready to jump, and then to redirect his attention toward you by calling his name and presenting a treat. Then you can casually walk in another other direction and it may seem as if the dog didn’t even know what happened. The key to this is to remain nonchalant about it so you still come across as a leader to your canine.