It doesn’t matter how many dogs you’ve had or how many miles you’ve walked with them. What matters is that the dog walker is leash trained. We’ve spent an inordinate amount to time focusing on dog training, behaviour, and discipline. It’s time to focus on the other end of that leash. The untrainable human being.
The human animal is the toughest to discipline, because they presume each situation is one they can handle. The human mind is a uniquely vacuous space that becomes devoid of all common sense in a millisecond. Every walk with your dog is different, never mind what you think you know from 3 dogs ago! Dogs are remarkable at learning how to get what they want out of us. Intelligent, intuitive and always a surprise when that leash clips on for a walk! If the walker is untrained, the dog knows it and will take advantage. It’s an amusing situation until your dog is frightened on a noisy, busy street and breaks away from his/ her dog walker.
1. The leash handle ALWAYS hangs around your wrist.
2. Use a regular old fashion leash
3. NEVER give your dog walker, or house help a retractable leash – for city dwelling dogs, the retractable leash is a hazard. Picture this, your dog walker is not paying attention and your dog takes off into traffic. The danger of a retractable leash is it offers no control over a situation or dog.
4. To give your dog some off leash time take them to a securely enclosed space. If you have none in your city, or at a reasonable distance from you, buy a training leash. It’s not the perfect solution, but gives your dog a ‘free’ feeling and you are in control.
Walking Facts, what to look for in your Dog
An article on the simple act of walking a dog could fill pages. We’re giving you, notes from a talk we gave a couple of months ago on the importance of common sense tips for walking your dog. Please share the information. Make sure your dog walker is trained, never mind the dog, train the walker.