Dog walking is not only important for your dog’s health, but also building your relationship with your four-legged friend.
When walking It’s important to follow these general rules to get the most out of your dog on walks, as well as make it more enjoyable for the both of you.
- Remember that inside and outside are different environments to your dog. Dogs can act differently in certain environments and sometimes there are dogs that are calm in the home, but once they go outside they pull, get excited, and are hard to control!
- If your dog is excited on walks and pulls, runs to the door, pants, etc. Practice being more patient and waiting for the dog to calm down before going outside and giving your dog a walk. If you enter environments in a calm way, then it’s easier to keep your dog calm. If your dog is already excited going outside and they see something that gets them even more excited – then you’re dealing with such high energy that removing the dog from the situation and giving distance may be the only option. If your dog is calm and then sees something that gets them excited, they may still be manageable!
Remember, a calm dog is a happy dog. When calm, your dog can fully focus on what you’re trying to teach them. So, if your dog gets really excited on walks, just be patient and wait for your dog to calm down a bit.
Dog Thrive will be offering a group training class (without dogs present) on Saturday November 26th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 and Sunday November 27th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Contact us by calling 443-281-DOGS or fill out our contact form by clicking here to reserve your spot if you’d like to attend. Each group training is only $30/class and please keep in mind that space is limited.