How can I make my dog walk slower when I take him out? He’s a big German Shepard and is really, really stron?

I hate not being able to take him out for walks because he’s really big and strong and uncontrollable sometimes. Just wondering if there are any tips on how to calm him down and make him walk slower. Also, how do I make him relax when seeing another dog. I’m not very strong so its hard to hold him back…

the obvious suggestion would be to look for a good trainer that can teach you guys how to walk your powerful breed. but if you can’t or don’t want to spend the money on a trainer, try and understand your dogs needs.

first, how often do you try and walk your dog? GSDs are working dogs usually with plenty of energy, and can require A LOT of mental stimulation and exercise before they can calm down. what i would suggest, instead of trying to make your dog walk with you first, instead listen to what she is telling you and run/rollerblade/bike/hike with her. at first. that gives her access to drain all that pent up energy. then after that she can calm down and will be much easier to walk right beside you. once you do that, after a week or two of doing it EVERY DAY, you will find it a million times easier to walk her calmly without even having to run her first.

you have to be consistent though and understand what such a powerful working breed dog needs. and you must be prepared to do it every single day, not just once in a while.

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  1. Take him to obedience classes, they will teach you how to control him and make him heel and have him walk calmly next to you and listen to your commands
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  2. If you have a fenced yard, throw the ball for him a while before you go out. Let him burn up some energy first. Also get a prong collar. Look at Leerburg.com and you can find lots on info on them from how to fit one and use it. If you are too much of a softy for that then try the Halti head collar or gentle leader.
    You should work on obedience training with your dog. When you see another dog, first work on yourself relaxing, don’t tighten the lead and get stiff your dog picks up on it. Then ask your dog to sit or lay down. Basically distract him. Consistancy and persistence will prevail.
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    30yrs own gsd

  3. Call your dog’s breeder. He/she can refer you to a reputable trainer in the local dog obedience club.
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  4. the obvious suggestion would be to look for a good trainer that can teach you guys how to walk your powerful breed. but if you can’t or don’t want to spend the money on a trainer, try and understand your dogs needs.

    first, how often do you try and walk your dog? GSDs are working dogs usually with plenty of energy, and can require A LOT of mental stimulation and exercise before they can calm down. what i would suggest, instead of trying to make your dog walk with you first, instead listen to what she is telling you and run/rollerblade/bike/hike with her. at first. that gives her access to drain all that pent up energy. then after that she can calm down and will be much easier to walk right beside you. once you do that, after a week or two of doing it EVERY DAY, you will find it a million times easier to walk her calmly without even having to run her first.

    you have to be consistent though and understand what such a powerful working breed dog needs. and you must be prepared to do it every single day, not just once in a while.
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    I walk my gsds and lab for 2 hours in the morning and one hour at night.

  5. Hi, I had trouble with my dog and then I took him to the park with some treats there was a big track there I walked around with my dog and held a treat in my hand and I walked real slow and he got the hang of it but I still give him treats on walks!

    I still have not yet accomplished getting him use to other dogs im sorry I could not help you completely.
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  6. It’s called a prong collar. I repeat "Prong collar" somebody mentioned leerburg, perfect. Go to leerburg and order one of their fine stainless steel prong collars and read the article on how to fit it, and use it properly!
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    I’m a professional GSD breeder/trainer.

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