Leisurely walks with your dog can be one of the great joys of pet ownership, unless they’re dragging you unceremoniously down the sidewalk while you dodge cracks and fellow walkers. Teaching your pet companion that next to you is the best place to be can be done with a bit of patience and a bit of bribery, at least at the start. These tips will help, especially if you share them with your family and perhaps your pet sitter, anyone that will potentially be walking your pooch.
Before you set out, it’ll help tremendously if everybody is comfy. Picking a collar and leash of course would come first. The collar should be flat, and tight enough to still be comfortable when you’ve fitted two fingers under it. Your leash should be four to six feet long. You want your pet to be able to explore while still maintaining control of what he’s sniffing, not to mention he may have business to do and will need some space. The weight of the leash may also be a factor you’ll want to consider. If you have a smallish dog you wouldn’t want to use a heavy chain that would put unnecessary stress on their throats and could even do real damage over time. A harness may be a better option. It should also have a sturdy clasp that won’t easily snap open accidentally.
Besides the leash and collar, perhaps the most important training item would be awesome treats. You’ll be awarding frequently at the onset so before you venture out, stock up on high value, moist, meaty, and aromatic goodies. After all, you’ll be competing with the world of wonder your pup will be experiencing on his walk. Squirrels, other dogs, other people, interesting …