Achieving An Amazing Walk

Find out the 4 Keys to changing your on-leash walk in as little as 10-20 minutes.

No yanking, yelling, or having your arms pulled out of socket. Get these four steps down and you will see an amazing transformation in a very short time!

The Keys

  1. Be the trusted leader. This doesn’t mean dominating, or anything mean or aggressive. In fact, it’s the loving way to raise your pup. You provide food, shelter, play, and love. And, you teach wanted behaviors. I call it “foundational work”. It’s done daily. By everyone. Forever. It’s an amazing technique that creates a calm, obedient dog. Annoying, worrisome behaviors fade away and future problems are avoided. Contact me to learn more.
  2. Choose the RIGHT equipment. Your dogs’ regular, flat collar is important and should be worn anytime you aren’t out for a walk. And no other harness works like a front-lead harness. No stress to your pets’ neck. No harness actually encouraging pulling, and no stress, strain, or damage to the neck caused by jerking your buddy’s head around. Buy the best; one that is simple, doesn’t have heavy, and hot, metal loops/buckles, and is AMERICAN-MADE.
The ONLY harness you should buy!

3. Training: Start the Walk Right! A successful walk starts the moment you pick up that leash. Most of us think we should get our furry friend excited about going out but that is exactly the opposite of what we need to do. Our job is to keep our dog as calm as possible. You may have to use a technique such as “stop-start-change of direction“, or you may even have to cancel the walk momentarily. Your dog only goes outside when you have asked him to go through the door. Have her wait by the door, inside, before going out. No, it’s not about dominance! It’s giving her another chance to relax before she gets overwhelmed with all of the wonderful things waiting for her outside.

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4. The Two-Part Deal: the “social” walk and the “structured” walk. Your walk must be enjoyable for both of you. It’s an agreement between human and dog, and it’s simply this: “you walk nicely when I want, and I’ll give you free time to check out all of the wonderful scents, sights, and sounds that interest you.” It looks like this; Rover walks nicely at your side for 10 feet, or two blocks, it doesn’t matter. After that, you give Rover a release cue like, “sniff away!” and give Rover a bit of time to find out what’s been going on in the neighborhood. As with teaching all new behaviors, you’ll achieve the best results when you go slow, reward often, and always finish with a win!

Having enjoyable walks are not only possible; they are absolutely within your reach!

If you’d like help with your journey, you can book an appointment or give me a call right now.

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