Do I walk with the dog or does he walk me?

The time of the walk with the dog should be a playful and relaxing time, both for the owner and for the animal. But this is not always the case and it can become a stressful and tense time of the day, if situations such as the dog stroll at his caregiver by pulling on the leash, he barks at any fellow man he comes across or does not obey any instructions.

The dog needs at least three daily walks of about 20 minutes each. Although, everyone has their own needs. There are those that need more time because they are more active and others that require less. Considerable time goes into walking the dog, so it helps to have a proper approach to doing it in a way that is satisfying for both walkers. Here are some guidelines:

-Exit without rushing. The dog needs the street not only to relieve itself and exercise. It is the time of day to socialize with fellow humans, fulfill your territory marking ritual, and enjoy a walk with your human family. Therefore, it is not advisable to take it out when there is a rush and time is an impediment to enjoying the moment, both on the part of the dog, and of the person holding the other end of the leash.

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Avoid pulling on the strap

One of the consequences of going for a short walk to the dog is to urge the animal to finish relieving itself as soon as possible and to pull on its leash. So, he demands his space and time and in turn, also pulls the other end. In this way, the walk is translated into a pitched battle of tugs and it seems that it is the dog who walks his companion.

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Let the dog sniff and mark the territory

The dog is an olfactory being. With his nose, he explores the world and picks up scent signals that transmit information, such as which dogs have passed through the park or where a bitch in heat has passed. In turn, our partner transmits his odor where he passes through the marking of territory with urine. It is not always that he raises his leg to urinate. On many occasions, he does it to deposit only a few droplets of pee that contain information about himself, translated into human language: I am a female, I am not in heat and I am less than a year old. For this reason, let the dog raise its leg and sniff as much as it wants during the walk. It is part of the canine ritual.

Sometimes it is the owners themselves who transmit tension to the dog in the street

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Educate him to follow certain guidelines at the time of the walk

A dog that goes outside with its owner must be able to maintain an appropriate behavior that allows a rewarding walk. And getting it depends on their owners offering them a proper education. From the beginning, it is not advisable to allow the dog to compulsively bark at other dogs on the street, to pull on the leash and cause the person accompanying him to have to run after him. The ideal to achieve this is positive education from the time it is a puppy. In other words, reward him when he does well: he walks at an adequate pace or does not get into fights with other dogs. On the other hand, you have to avoid stretching the leash and if you want to stop certain behaviors, stop short and say no force, the dog understands that his companion does not accept his behavior. It should be remembered that sometimes it is the owners themselves who transmit this nervousness and tension to the dog when it comes to going outside, for reasons such as the rush to finish the walk. The dog in turn reflects that stress and behaves inappropriately. Thus, a vicious circle is created that prevents enjoyment of recreation. If these unwanted behaviors persist, it is advisable to consult a professional canine educator.

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Use a suitable strap

Finding a walking accessory that is comfortable for the dog will help it walk at ease. There are dogs that feel better with a harness, which collects their body, and others that prefer the collar. “The harness is preferable for escapist dogs, which pull a lot on the leash and run the risk of loosening. For very young ones it is also more recommended because they can be handled more easily,” recommends Juan Antonio Aguado, veterinarian and professor at the Faculty of Veterinary at the Complutense University of Madrid. Either one should be fitted neither too baggy nor too tight.

Young dogs have to get used to going outside as soon as possible to learn the routine of the departure times, socialize with other dogs, exercise and enjoy the playful moment in the company of their human clan. However, patience and perseverance on the part of puppy owners are essential to get him to relieve himself during walking hours, get used to the leash, and interact appropriately with other dogs.

Forming a good tandem between person and dog at the time of the walk is a matter of learning for both parties. The goal is to ensure that rapport and harmony flow at both ends of the strap. The point is that you do not take the dog for a walk, but you walk with the dog.


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