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How to Walk a Reactive Dog

Walking your dog is something that you ought to enjoy. Spending quality time with your furry friend is necessary, enjoying the outdoors, getting a breath of fresh air and exercising. But, not all walks are as smooth as you would want them to be. If your dog is reactive, there are times when your walk will be just a nightmare. There are some dog walking tricks that you can use to have a peaceful walk regardless of whether your pet has always been reactive or has started being reactive due to a recent bad experience.

Avoid Reacting
So, you are walking your dog when suddenly another dog appears from around the corner, and your calm pet turns into a snarling, growling beast. You can never know how dogs communicate but when this happens you sure can figure out that all is not well. Most dog owners will react by panicking especially if there have been past experiences. Your dog will calm down if you remain as calm as possible.

Plan Ahead
When you see another dog approaching from a distance, it is best that you cross to the other side of the road to avoid any contact between them. Most likely, you dog will still react but continue walking confidently and calmly and praise your dog if he keeps cool. If you find yourself in a situation that you were not prepared for, quickly make a U-turn. Often for dogs it’s out of mind, out of sight. If you are having difficulty getting your dog to walk away, encourage him to run a little and praise him as soon as his attention is facing forward, and he’s keeping up the pace.

Get your Dog to Focus
There will be times when the only way to avoid your dog reacting will be by getting his focus. If you see another dog coming your way, pull your dog to one side and start practicing the lessons you have learnt. Have he sit and stay while focusing his attention towards a treat. If your dog is still likely to react, consider blocking his line of vision until the other dog passes.

Be in Possession of the Right Equipment
It makes no sense walking a dog that is likely to slip its harness. Ensure the security of your dog when you are walking him. The two hounds design dog harness ensures that your pet does not pull and prevents them from escaping easily. It is a way of ensuring that you have control over your dog should anything happen.

Know why your Dog Reacts
You know your dog better than anybody else, which means that you are a better position of understanding his body language. Knowing, why your dog reacts, helps you address the problem better.