How To Have A Fun & Safe Walk With Your Dog

Spring is in the air and that means many more dog owners will be out and about taking their dogs for walks. If you want to know how to have a fun & safe walk with your dog, read on. One of the most safe and happy dog walkimportant reasons you want to be safe when walking your dog is that you want to prevent the possibility of your dog biting another dog or a human or you suffering a dog bite yourself if you happen upon an unruly dog.

How To Have A Fun & Safe Walk With Your Dog

The best way to have a safe and fun walk is to assure that your dog is under control and safe is to make certain he has been trained to be a good dog on a leash.

Here are some tips for leash training:

  1. Introduce your puppy to a leash as soon as you bring him home. It may be quicker and easier to take your puppy outside to do his business without putting a leash on and chances are he won’t run away, but why take a chance. Get your puppy accustomed to wearing a collar (with your contact info on it) as soon as possible then clip on a short leash to get him accustomed to its weight and the feel of it. We recommend using a harness to walk your dog, but a collar is ideal for your dog’s identification tags.
  2. Teach your puppy to walk on a leash by using positive reinforcement training. The first thing you can teach him to do is to “come” when called. Make sure he’s on the leash, walk to the end of it then say her name and say “come.” When she is walking toward you, move back a few steps to keep urging her toward you. Offer a treat when she reaches you. This is an easy way to get your puppy to walk on a leash.
  3. After he comes when you are on the leash, teach him to walk nicely along side you. In the beginning when your puppy is young, it will require a lot of patience on your part. Do not tug on the leash or “drag” him to get him to walk alongside you.
  4. It is best to teach your puppy to walk on a leash when you are in your own backyard or even when you’re in the house. Keep distractions to a minimum and keep him focused on you.
  5. You may want to work with a dog trainer to teach your puppy to heel, sit, stay and to not react when he sees another dog or person when you’re out on a walk. Positive reinforcement training will keep your dog calm even when he’s approached by other dogs or humans. It will also keep you safe from being pulled down the street by a large dog who is chasing after another dog or human.

If you see another dog on the sidewalk approaching you, guage how your dog is reacting and also see if you can gauge how the other dog is behaving.

Is the other dog:

  1. Barking
  2. Tugging on the leash
  3. Is the fur on his neck standing on end
  4. Is he growling
  5. Does it appear that the dog’s owner has control of him?

If you feel unsafe, cross to the other side of the street to put some distance between you. If you’re close to home, turn around and go back. If your dog is barking, tugging, lunging or acting aggressive toward another dog or a human you should talk with a trainer to determine what may be causing her fear and/or aggression.

Taking a walk with your dog should be an enjoyable event for both of you. Walking your dog is a healthy way to connect with him, tire him out before you go to work and to stay in shape.

What are your best dog-walking tips?

If you’re on a walk and you’ve been bitten by another dog, what would you do? Read our dog bite tips here.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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