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If you want your dog to walk correctly by your side, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. Bark Busters always recommends a 2 metre lead and a communication collar. Please do not use a retractable lead as this can cause injury to both yourself and the dog in the following ways:
1. When getting ready to go on a walk, call the dog to you; do not go to the dog to put his lead/collar on. If you're walking a puppy, make sure he gets familiar with the lead before you start using it to take him on a walk. Once the dog approaches you, have him sit quietly before putting on his lead or collar. Make sure you leave the door first and return through the door first. Remember, the Leader always leads!
2. Before you set off on your walk with your dog, you need to have him focus on you, not everything else around you. Simply hold the lead by the handle. There should be 2 metres of loose lead between you and your dog. Start walking. As soon as he gets to you and begins to pull, give a slight tug on the lead and direct him back to you by changing direction.
3. Along the walk, guide your dog to heel. Your dog should walk along side of you or in back of you. Don't let the dog decide when to heel because once again he would be establishing himself as the leader of the pack.
4. Walk with your shoulders high and your head back, establishing yourself as a confident leader.
5. Walk your dog daily or make sure he gets some type of exercise. An unexercised dog can become hyper and exhibit destructive behaviours (chewing, digging, etc.) from being bored. Remember that dogs are walkers/travellers by instinct.
6. Watch out for poisonous plants or animals and avoid anything that can be problematic for your dog.
7. Make sure your dog has the proper identification in case he runs away.
If you have ANY problems getting your dog to walk correctly on a lead, call your Bark Busters trainer for a lesson.