Pulling on the Lead -
Firstly, it is ok for your dog to be walking in front of you when out lead walking. They simply should not be pulling on that lead (trying to get you to go in the direction they want to go), the lead should be fairly loose. Think about a musher and sled-dog team and the control that they have at the end of the sled. [Read More…]
Admin - 08:35:53 @ 'Walking the Dog' and all associated...
Dogs getting walked less after lock down?
Have you ever really, taken thought about the walk from your dogs perspective?
The picture of smells, sounds and sights that may be of interest to them (obviously all the while, our senses for the most part being less developed than dogs). [Read More…]
Admin - 08:54:53 @ 'Walking the Dog' and all associated...
Dogs chasing bikes —
If you’re having an issue with this, I would keep your dog on the lead as you cannot predict when a cyclist is going to come along.
Ensure you have a great recall on the lead as well as the ‘Watch’. Get your dog’s attention with the ‘Watch,’ then get them to come back to you here. [Read More…]
Use treats to encourage the alternate behaviours you want. It’s all about timing. If you are giving your dog treats while your dog is being ‘reactive’(growling, barking etc.) in an attempt to distract or ‘create a positive association’ with the people or animals your dog is reacting to, or jumping up on, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.
Instead, try to work below thresholds/distances of ‘reaction’ (the aim is for these to decrease over time) and only reward immediately AFTER your dog has behaved in a more positive way, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
Admin - 07:55:20 @ Puppies, Guy Fawkes and similar stressors for dogs, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., General Training, Reactionary Behaviour, Visitors and your Dog, Cars/Vehicles and your Dog
Firstly, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day. Biting at the lead can be a way for dog to release excess energy or stress. Your dog then has a tug toy going with them out in the world. [Read More…]