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Dog Walking Training

Very often many dog owners are seen being pulled by their dogs on one end of the leash as the dog is raring to go for its walk outdoors and does not believe that it is doing anything wrong.



It is essential for the owner to train dog to walk as otherwise walking the dog will be uncomfortable for the owner and even dangerous for the dog. The first step towards teaching a puppy to walk is to take it to an open place and then put in on a leash.



If the dog starts pulling the owner in a particular direction then the owner should give a little tug to the dog’s leash and start walking in the direction that is opposite to the one in which the dog is pulling him. When the dog follows the owner in the same direction as then the owner should reward the dog with praise.



One of the popular dog training tips while teaching the dog to walk on a leash is to use the right kind of equipment. Leashes that are commonly used are of two types namely a retractable leash and a plain leash. While training a dog to walk it is best to use a plain leash as it will allow the owner to have better control over the dog. As a responsible owner, it is advisable for the owner to carry a plastic bag or a pooper scooper to clean the dog’s waste and then dispose it off properly. While training it is also important to keep the dog hydrated, hence it is necessary to carry water and to also allow the dog to rest from time to time in a shady spot whenever it appears to be tired. One of the more effective and humane equipments to train dogs to walk on a leash is the prong collar. This collar may be used with the prongs facing towards the dog’s neck in case the dog is a dominant and a strong dog. Whereas in case of a wild puppy or a strong but submissive dog the prongs may be adjusted to be inside out.

The main principle on which the prong collar works is by pressuring or pinching the dog’s neck whenever it tries to move in a direction that is different to that of the owner. The key to successfully training the dog is constant communication and positive reinforcement in the form of praises and treats whenever it does something right.

 
  Submitted on May 19, 2010