In my previous role as a Pet Care Specialist, my team and I carried out thousands of dog walks a year. I know, it’s a lot! Just take a look at the graph below. We averaged about 200 walks per month during the peak seasons. But what’s interesting about this is that, in over 1900 visits completed last year, most of them were dogs that pulled on the leash. They all weren’t walks in the park (no pun intended) like everyone tends to think.
And when you’re trying to stop your dog from pulling on the leash, it can take a toll on your neck and back, especially if your dog is very strong. Therefore, to combat this physical and mental stress, I would teach my team and clients how to make their walks easier.
And that’s what I’m going to share with you today. But take note, there is no secret trick or miracle hack. It merely takes awareness, training, consistency, and patience on your part as the dog parent to eradicate this problem.
So continue reading and join us for Part 3 of our “How to Properly Walk a Dog” blog series as we discuss tips to teach you how to stop your dog from pulling on the leash.
Welcome back to part two of our “How to Properly Walk a Dog” blog post series. If you missed part one, you can check it out here. Part one covered the basics of dog walking etiquette.
Mastering basic dog walking etiquette is essential to be courteous of others and your environment. It also helps to keep you and your dog safe. Be sure to review it to gain a full perspective because each post in this series builds upon the other.
Otherwise, let’s delve into part two of our series as we provide actionable tips for “How to Walk Your Puppy on a Leash.”
Walking is the most natural thing to do, but not always when it comes to walking our dogs on a leash. Puppies think the leash is a toy to bite and tug on, while some older dogs like to jump, pull and lunge forward to get to where they want to go.
And for your exceptional cases, they’ll stall. They don’t want to go anywhere. Who’d ever think there was a dog that didn’t enjoy walking? Well, they exist, and you never know what category your dog will fall into until you get out there and start walking.
While some dogs naturally cooperate, most require training. And this How to Properly Walk a Dog blog series will help you to do just that. But first, in Part 1 we’ll cover the basics of dog walking etiquette to help ensure the safety of your dog and the courtesy of others as you carry out your walks.
As we continue through the series, you’ll learn actionable tips for teaching leash manners including: