My son brought this dog home. Long story short the dog ends up living with me and my 3 other family members. She listen to me in the house but when i take her for a walk she pulls me and my children. Should i get a book and read more about dog walking . ??? NEED ADVICE.
Pick up your lead/leash. This signals to the dog that it is about to go for a walk. Make a dog sit patiently as you clip on the lead. Use a treat to lure the dog to sit if you have to. Make sure you only clip on the lead when the dog is sitting still, going for a walk is on your terms, not theirs.
If you do not have a collar and/or leash, take a trip to the pet store, or even a department store like Walmart, and buy one for your dog. Make sure it is the correct size for your dog; they usually have the weight or size requirements on the package.
Walk him over to the door, ready for the walk.
Make the dog sit. Tell them "wait". Make sure the dog waits inside as you step outside, and then say, "Ok come on!" and allow the dog to walk outside. Never just let the dog burst outside. Wait is basically stay, except the dog is expecting you to release it from the wait soon. Wait can be very useful when you answer the door and your dog obediently stands inside without you having to hold their collar.
Open the door. Take the dog outside. Be careful, because the dog may pull on the leash when it sees that you are going outside. You have to stay in control! The dog might run out because he is frightened.
Always make sure the dog is behind you, or at your side. Do not let him/her lead you. Your dog will walk at its own pace, which may be faster than you. In that case, don’t let the dog pull you. If the dog is pulling on the leash, tug back on the leash ever so slightly, and not to keep a constant strain on the dog’s neck. If he persists, stop moving. A dog that does not pull is rewarded by going forward.
Do not let your dog off the lead. Only do this in parks (dog parks), and/or on the beach (if allowed). There should be a sign saying whether or not your dog is allowed off the lead in that particular area.
Continue the exercise when you get back home. Take the lead off your dog (making sure it sits still) and fill a dog bowl up with water so that your dog can have a drink.
If you’re going for a long walk, stop a couple of times so that you don’t tire out your dog if it isn’t in decent shape.
Consider carrying around a few low-fat and low-calorie quick eat treats. Charlie Bears work great!
If your dog constantly pulls on the lead, you might try one of the gentle lead products (like the Halti, for example) available. Or, even better, train your dog not to pull (which isn’t that difficult).
Don’t forget to bring a plastic bag to clean up the poop. Though it’s recommended you have the dog go before you take it out for a walk.
If you can teach your dog to get used to verbal cues like "cross", "this way" and "stop" you will be less dependent on the lead and the walk will be more enjoyable for you and your dog.
If your dog does decide to pull, there are a few ways to help cure the problem. Don’t pull your dog back to you. Pulling the dog backwards will jade your dog to the pressure of the leash and teach him that if you want him back, he can just wait for you to pull. Instead decide on a distance you’d like your dog to pace you at, such as with his forelegs next to yours, or with his neck next to your legs. Start by walking with a loose lead, and if the dog creeps out in front, turn immediately around and start walking in the opposite direction. A quick little tug might help get his attention. Soon your dog will learn to pay attention to you and walk close enough that he can see you change directions, otherwise risk walking the wrong way and getting a smart little tug on the leash.
Make sure to check weather conditions as well as your walking route. Remember that unlike us, your dog has fur, which can make it extremely uncomfortable when walking distances in the blistering heat.
If you can, ensure you walk a little ahead of the dog in order to communicate that YOU are the leader of the pack, not him/her.
Find a good stable leash(lead) for your pet.
If you own a short-haired dog, such as the Pug or Chihuahua, it may be a good idea to put a sweater on him/her in cold temperatures.
Don’t forget to dress appropriately yourself! i.e. When dry dress lightly and wearing running shoes. When wet wear a rain coat and rubber boots