Happy Dogs 101

Walking a Dog

Are you looking to leash train your dog the right way?

With all of those unique new sounds and thousands of fascinating smells, walking your dog probably offers one of the highlights of their day.  All pups cherish these times that they get to spend outdoors, relishing nature’s many delights!

Unfortunately, not all of their owners do.  It has become such a dreadful experience for some, many dog owners simply don’t walk their dogs at all.  But this is never a good solution to the issue at hand.  Why?  Because your canine companion needs to get some daily exercise.  And like I already said, they really enjoy it too!

We have all seen those dogs that love to yank on their leashes.  You know, the reactive dogs that their owner cannot even control.  What about that big dog wearing the prong or shock collar that yelps every time his handler issues a correction?  If you just learn to walk your dog the right way, then you will not need to use dreadful tools like those to enjoy the same pleasant experience.  Walking your dog peacefully can become a reality again for you - so just keep reading...

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Teach Your Dog to Walk Calmly by Your Side

The seemingly simple task of walking a dog peacefully has actually become a huge problem for so many pet owners. Walking at a slow pace, tethered next to a human, is simply not a natural experience for a canine.  Sometimes they just want to run this way or chase a rabbit that way.  Basically, they really want some freedom.

In many cases, poorly socialized pups, or those who have dealt with trauma, tend to become leash reactive.  Leash reactive dogs can respond violently or aggressively to other animals, people, or objects they may pass by on a walk, which can cause them to become exceedingly difficult to control.  Basically, they will pull on the leash and attempt to drag you around wherever they want to go.  This poor behavior is commonly known as leash reactivity.  

Learn directional commands, so your furry friend automatically knows what you want. 

Besides "heel," the commands below are all sledding commands that a musher might use.  But please don’t get caught up on the exact terminology.   In truth, you can use any commands that you want, just be sure to use words that make sense to you.   Dogs are very smart and can usually form the proper associations between these words and their meanings, as long as you remain consistent and use the same words over and over again.  Have you ever heard any of these commands before?

Heel:  Follow closely by my side (or closely behind)

Hike:  Let us move forward

Gee:  Turn to the right

Haw:  Turn left

Easy:  Slow

Whoa:  Stop

Straight Ahead:  Move straight ahead

On By:  Pass a distraction, such as another walker

It's now important to completely understand all of these directional commands right now, I just wanted you to become familiar with them.

Walking a Dog

Learn What Equipment Is or Isn't Appropriate for any Given Situation

I briefly mentioned some aversive tools above, like a prong collar, a slip collar, or a head halter.  Just to let you know, I rarely recommend these types of training equipment.  I definitely don't agree with using them for simply going on a walk with your pup.  The only useful tool that I might use would be an electric collar.  These do not harm your doggy in any way, they just briefly provide a tiny vibration that quickly grabs your dog's attention.  They can be an effective tool in the correct situation.

In the end, the question still remains - should you be using any of these aversive tools at all?  The answer may surprise you...

  • Do you need to use that prong collar on your German Shepherd, or is there a better way?
  • Should you really be using that electrical collar to reinforce commands, or is there another option?
  • Is that slip collar, or "choke chain," really the best tool to use in this case? 
  • Have you ever heard of a "head halter" or "halter harness?"
  • Do you use a collar or a harness, and which is better?

What Type of Leash is Best for Your Dog?

Let’s face it - there are way too many leash options out there these days.  We have the standard nylon lead, an extendable or retractable wire lead, a leather leash, adjustable leashes, slip leads (similar to slip collars), and even leashes with special features!  Which type works best for your own unique situation?  Well these are all good questions, along with many more, that we will answer completely in the following training guides.   

Walking a dog “happily” can actually become a reality in your life, and we’re here to help you do just that!  

We honestly want you to be able to enjoy dog walking again.  And if you're currently struggling in this area, then please don't give up.  There is definitely hope on the horizon for you.  Walking is one of the best ways to spend time with your pup and strengthen your bond with them.  This simple daily routine actually has the potential to become the highlight of your day! 



So go ahead and explore our training guides below, in order to discover a bunch of secrets from the experts at Happy Dogs 101

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