How To Walk Your Dog with Intention
Sunday June 26, 2016
In my 20 plus years of working with dogs, I have come to notice a shift in the business. When I started back in the early 90's there were only a handful of reputable walkers and trainers. Now it seems as though anyone with a leash can claim that they are a dog professional. This can be tricky for dog owners that are looking to invest in training, yet are not able to identify a skilled professional.
Here is what to expect from a dog walker with true experience:
Leadership: A person that has control of a dog or dogs under all circumstances, whether dealing with dogs that pull, bark, eat garbage, have aggressive tendencies or issues towards other dogs, other animals or people. It does take more than a leash to be a good dog walker. Being able to walk a dog or dogs that follow you and can travel with you without reacting to environmental stimulation is what I consider to be a necessary part of your dogs' everyday routine and what you'll notice in an experienced leader.
Good leadership leads to balance for your dog physically and emotionally. Results like these do not come from walking a dog that is out of control and pulling on a leash or by driving a dog to an off leash dog park and allowing them to run freely without control or boundaries. If your dog is mounting dogs, people, barking out of control, jumping on people, or doesn't listen to commands then these are actions that a skilled professional is equipped to identify and work on immediately.
What I offer on my group walks is consistent, calm and assertive leadership. One way to begin practicing your leadership skills when walking your dog is to assert yourself from the beginning of the walk. Also, dogs that are exercised properly have their physical and emotional needs met. My walking style and leadership techniques are proven and result in dogs that are far better behaved on your walks and in your home.