Let’s Take A Walk

by admin on March 22, 2012

 

 I Always ask myself this question, when I walk my dogs; “Who am I doing this walk for? For me? Or for my dog? obvious question right? I’m walking Fifi for both of us. That was an easy “A” for you.  However, here are my do’s and don’ts that I see when walking dogs. I do this for a living, so I have credibility here.

 

1. You need the correct leash, when you’re walking your dog in the city.

Here’s what I recommend.

(a) Get a leash that fits the size of  your dog. There are plenty to choose from.

(b) I absolutely hate retractable leashes. Yup, I hate them.  When you let you dog zip ahead of you 5 feet or more when walking, you have no idea what trouble they can get in. I know you’re the expert on your dog. But what about the other dogs they meet 5 feet ahead of you?  What about the cars, children, other animals like squirrels, coyotes, etc.?  You can see, that I’m not a fan of the retractable leashes. Not only can you get tangled up in that leash, your dog is too far ahead of you during your walk.  You’re going to lose control of a situation 1 day.

2. Keep your dog close to your side.

Your eyes should be on your dog and aware of what’s going on. Stay off your cell phone.  Dogs come up to dogs naturally. Your dog might not like that dog and the same rule applies for the dog coming up to you. Even if you know that dog, sometimes, dogs just have an itch to fight for territory when they’re outside. That’s called life. And that can be dangerous. Fights break out, and  you can get hurt.  Your dog can get hurt and you can have  huge vet bills for this experience.

3. Be safe, cross the street, when you see other dogs in your neighborhood walking.

4. Keep little treats in your pocket to reward Fifi for walking close. Make Fifi, stop, sit, stay along the way. Then reward, her with a  treat.

My mantra is “keep your dog close to you”.  If you or I could predict every outcome on a walk, We would be millionaires!

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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Shelley March 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

LOVE THIS! have to subscribe…oh I NEED puppy-care training :)
Thank you! Cheers!

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admin March 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

Shelly, glad you enjoyed this blog post. Zip me a PM on facebook and we can talk about puppy training ideas. Cheers!!

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Moshiko May 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

Sorry no offence, but I wodlun’t pay you anything, and I wodlun’t let you train my dogs ..You can try with the dogs you are looking after, and have some fun with it, and maybe learn a little bit, but you need a whole lot more than love for dogs to start charging for training. If you really want to train dogs then get yourself qualified when you are older and that would be a different matter.References :

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admin May 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Hi Lisa! I do like the Gentle Leader very much. It does help to control your dog on walks. We’ve used them here with great success. It just takes time to get you dog in line with walks. After a while the walks will be less of a hassle. You little 1 is tiny :) and I bet so cute too! Keep up with the Gentle Leader and keep me informed on how things are going with that.

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admin May 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hi There! Guess what, I’m not a trainer and never said I was. This blog post was really about paying attention when you walk your dog. No cell phones, while walking, which I see all the time. Put a leash on your dog when walking outside. I wouldn’t pay me either since this is not my job. My job here is education. So if you read the blog you would have gotten that right from the start.
I do like the fact that you chimed in. I think your points are valid if you are a trainer. Yes do get certified. Thanks for the read and your comments. They are always appreciated.

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admin May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Moshiko no offense taken because I never said I was a trainer. I think you need to read the blog again. It’s about paying attention when you walk your dog, it’s about the proper leashes that could help you walk your dog. I wouldn’t pay me either to train, since I’m not a trainer. Thanks for your comment

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Priscila October 1, 2012 at 3:38 am

That would be by keeping the baby toys off the floor when the dog has acsces to that floor.Baby not on floor baby toys not on floorBaby on floor either no toys with baby or dog locked in another room.this is not ta training issue this is a management issue.

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