It doesn’t listen, pulls on its leash, barks for no reason, disobeys orders: walking your dog is everything but relaxing! What are the causes of this behavior? What are the solutions?

Walking a dog: good practices

Your dog has always made its own rules during your walks; to the point where you can’t even
distinguish right from wrong behaviors! Remember that walking a dog is:
– Keeping your dog on a leash. Walking on a leash should be taught as soon as possible. The
leash must be quite short, never stretched and your dog should follow your pace.
– A dog who has peaceful contacts with other dogs. When two dogs meet, they instinctively
interact, it’s a good thing! It allows your dog to be social. Dogs will smell each other, even
yap here and there. But they shouldn’t be barking at each other, be overly eager to play or
too emotional.
– And when your dog is unleashed (in a park for instance), it should stay within sight range,
play with its buddies, but more importantly, follow your orders: it should immediately run
back to you when you call.

The causes of an inappropriate walking behavior

When your dog is constantly pulling on its leash, going after other dogs, barking all the time, here are
possible explanations:
– It is lacking contacts with other dogs. A dog absolutely needs to be around other dogs to
learn the rules of social living. Otherwise, it will get overly excited or scared, even aggressive
in the presence of other dogs.
– It is hyper-emotional and so eager to play that it gets overwhelmed with excitement! It can
be the case for animals that do not have enough outdoor time. A daily walk allows a dog to
relax, and be stimulated by its environment. A dog also needs to be released from its leash
from time to time; get a Weenect Pets GPS tracker if you’re worried about your dog running
away.

Walks should be a shared pleasure!

It takes time and patience to teach your dog how to behave on a walk!

– The secret is to take your dog out as often as possible, according to its needs and physical
condition! An animal is frustrated when it doesn’t get enough outdoor time; as a
consequence, it doesn’t know how to behave when it actually goes out: it’ll run everywhere,
disobey your orders, go after other dogs… And this behavior may refrain you from taking it
out in the future. Don’t fall into a vicious circle!
– Make your walks a ritual. Take your dog to places it enjoys and where it has its bearings
(games, other dogs). Make a list of 2 or 3 destinations for your daily walks, and alternate.
Your dogs will soon recognize the path to these places and anticipate the pleasure of
spending time in an enjoyable and reassuring environment. It will sooth its stress or anxiety.
And when you get back home, make it a habit to give your dog a special toy or a snack to
balance its frustration when the walk ends.

Dogs are tame animals, but they are still social beings, eager for contacts with fellow dogs. Depriving your dog of this social dimension will prevent it from integrating the codes of community life and make it unruly. Walking has physical, mental and educational benefits: take the time to do it right!