Do you know that? You go for a walk. Your dog is pulling on the leash. He cannot be called back while free running. Does that annoy you? Then change it.
Your dog’s behavior will not change overnight. That takes time, a lot of time. Enjoy every little progress with him.
This Is How You Strengthen The Relationship With Your Dog
You want to live in harmony with your dog. That doesn’t just include food, water, a few thrown toys, and walking twice a day. Play with him. You can teach him a lot of things on the side.
Make dog training a game. Or you can try a dog sport once. There is agility, mobility, obedience, rescue dogs, man trailing, flyball, dog dancing, and much more. It shouldn’t be difficult for you to find the right one for you and your four-legged friend with so many choices. The most important thing is that you both enjoy it.
Exercise With Your Dog At Home
You start with all exercises in a quiet corner, in the garden or in the living room. You are relaxed and have plenty of time for your dog.
Is your dog scurrying around excitedly or jumping up on you? You ignore that. Just stand still. You don’t say anything either. Until your fur nose has calmed down. Depending on the temperament of your four-legged friend, this can take a few minutes.
Practice On Leash
- You put your dog on a leash. To do this, you use a short leash. He’ll probably go wild. But that doesn’t work because you stand still.
- If he now turns around to you, you reward him. Every time he goes, you stop and wait for him to turn to you.
- You repeat this little game until your four-legged friend stands quietly next to you. You don’t have to do that in one training session. Take as much time as you need.
- Now you are taking a step forward. If your dog stays calmly next to you, reward him. If he falls forward, wait until he comes back. If one step works, you take two, then three, and so on.
- You now do the same exercises in busier places, on the street or in a parking lot. Change direction and speed frequently as you walk.
- You stand next to your dog and call him. If he turns to you, you reward him.
- Now you take two or three steps away. Call your dog. If he comes, please both of you, kudos! Let the distance grow slowly.
- If that works, you can go outside with your fur nose. Here you attach a 10 meter long tow line to your dog. You have this towline in your hand at the beginning. Only leave your four-legged friend as far away from you as the leash can reach. If he always comes back safely when you call him, you can drop the leash. If he doesn’t come now, you can quickly step on the tow line. Then your dog cannot go any further.
- The tow leash will stay with the dog during your walks in the near future. If the recall is certain, you shorten it. Gradually cut off one meter at a time.
Training On A Dog Park
You can practice many things with your dog at home. Once you’ve decided on a sport, you should also consider training in a dog park.
At a dog park, where guard dogs are trained, your four-legged friend learns exactly how to walk, sit, or fetch. Or look for a place where the dog athletes train their four-legged friends for a sport or daily use. It is good if there is a mixture of dog breeds of different sizes scurrying around on the site. Choose a training area where you feel comfortable with your dog. The chemistry with the trainer and the other two- and four-legged friends has to be right.