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Training Tips for the Orange County Dog
Tips and Reminders for Walking Your Own Dogs
Practice makes perfect. Teach and reinforce your dog for loose-leash walking, and polite sits at street corners and when you stop to talk to someone.
Use the right equipment. Using equipment that is appropriate for your dog. If you have a large dog that is not well trained, a giant breed that Grandma likes to walk, or a dog that is still learning the rules it might be useful to use a head halter to walk your dog. Avoid retractable leashes. They are generally not considered safe. Always inspect the fit and condition of your equipment. Make sure that your dog is wearing a tag with your current information… and it is easy to read.
Pay attention to your dog’s body language. Chances are he/she will alert you about anything amiss on the street or trail long before you become aware of it. Whether that’s another dog walker approaching, a mountain biker flying down the trail toward you or a mountain lion trailing you, an early warning can help you manage the situation – but only if you are paying attention.
Carry really good treats if your dog is still learning leash manners and may have a problem with distractions during your walks. Good training is built with top-shelf reinforcement
Make sure your dog is healthy before starting any exercise program.
Do not take your dog out for a run in hot weather. Walk your dog early or late in the day during warm weather. All dogs, especially flat faced breeds can overheat quickly.
Do not let your dog run off-leash except in a fenced dog park, during off-peak hours.
Manage your dog’s behavior. Don’t assume that it is okay for your dog to interact with every dog and every human you come across. Not only it is rude, but it can also trigger unexpected, and maybe unwanted, reactions.
Don’t jerk, kick or yell at your dog for not knowing how to walk on a loose leash. It does not teach your dog anything and can create fear, frustration and anxiety in your dog.
If your dog is a “determined puller” you will benefit greatly from professional help. Any dog can be trained to walk nicely on leash.
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