Walking your dog should be enjoyable. You should be able to spend quality time with your dog, enjoying the outdoors, getting fresh air, and exercise. However, not all walks are as smooth as you would like. If you have a reactive dog, there are some walks that can be a downright nightmare. Whether your dog has always been reactive or has become reactive because of a bad experience, there are times when you need a few tricks up your sleeve to keep your walk peaceful, like these:
So, you’re walking your dog and suddenly another dog appears from around the corner and the loving companion you once knew turns into a snarling, growling beast. There’s no way to know for sure how the dogs are communicating, but you can bet they aren’t blowing kisses. Most dog owners first reaction is to panic, especially if there have been incidents in the past. Your dog will calm down a lot quicker if you remain a cool as a cucumber example.
If you can see a dog approaching you from a distance, cross to the other side of the road, so the two dogs don’t have to come into contact. Your dog is still likely to react, but continue to walk confidently and calmly away, praising your dog if he remains quiet. If you happen to walk into a situation that you weren’t prepared for and your dog is likely to react, do a quick U-turn. For dogs, it’s often a case of out of sight, out of mind. If you’re having difficulty getting your dog to walk away with you, encourage your dog to run a little and praise him as soon as his attention is facing forward and he’s keeping up the pace.
There will be times when the only way that you can avoid your dog reacting is by getting his focus. If you see another dog and owner approaching, take your dog to one side and practice the lessons you’ve already learned. Ask your dog to sit and stay, while focusing his attention towards a treat. If your dog is still likely to react, you may need to block your dog’s line of vision while the other dog passes. Once the dog has passed and you’re safe to continue your walk, reward your dog with the treat.
Have the Right Equipment:
There’s no point in walking a reactive dog if it’s likely to slip it’s lead or harness. Reactive dogs aren’t always the ones that lunge at other dogs, they’re sometimes the ones that try to flee in fear. When you walk your dog, you need to be sure that they’re safe. The two hounds design dog harness will ensure that your dog doesn’t pull and can’t easily escape. It’s a way of making sure that you have control over your dog, should the worst happen.
You know your dog better than anyone else, so it’s likely that you’re able to understand his body language. Does your dog react out of fear of bigger dogs? Is your dog protective of you? Knowing why your dog reacts will help you to address the problem better.
Walking your dogs should be a walk in the park. These tips and tricks will hopefully make you that much closer to leisurely stroll status!
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