How Do You Walk an Unfriendly Dog?
It can be a nightmare walking a dog that doesn’t get along well with other dogs out on the path or in the park. From the constant tugging on her leash to the barking and snapping, it can be all-too easy to lose control of the situation – and when this happens, injuries can easily occur.
If you are having difficulty walking your dog because of her aggressive nature, especially around other dogs, the following six tips will help you gain more control over your pet so you can walk her more comfortably and most importantly, with a higher degree of safety.
#1: Use a Short Leash
One of the most common mistakes dog owners make is using a long leash when walking their dogs. They use a long leash because they know their dog wants to sniff around and explore, but this is often a recipe for disaster. Instead, using a short leash will give you more control over your dog, and reassert to her that you’re the boss.
#2: Dedicate Enough Time for a Walk
If you don’t set aside enough time for your dog to take an adequate walk (in terms of length and duration), she might not burn off the excess energy she needs to in order to keep her aggressive side at bay. You also don’t want to be in a position where you’re rushing through the walk, or else your tension and rushed nature will transfer to your pet, making her anxious and more likely to act out.
#3: You Lead Your Dog
A dog that leads her owner is more likely to be aggressive with other dogs because she’s not under control. Instead, you should be the one leading the way on the walk with your dog beside or close behind you. Likewise, you should be the first one out the door and the first one to enter when you get back home. By walking in front of your dog, she will identify you as her leader.
#4: Reward Your Dog for Good Behavior While Walking
Rewarding your dog for good behavior while out on your walk is a good exercise to reinforce positive behavior. But, rewarding your dog doesn’t always mean giving her a treat. While walking, you should reward her by stopping and letting her sniff around and relieve herself. Because you’re the one in charge, you decide when the break starts and when it stops.
#5: Instill Patience in Your Dog After the Walk
After your walk, you should train your dog to sit still while you put her leash and other walking materials away. She should be compliant because her excess energy has been depleted, thanks to the walk.
#6: Feed Your Dog After Her Walk
After you put everything away, you should reward your dog for her good behavior by feeding her and giving her fresh water. Do this often enough and she will start associating her walk with getting fed, which will help make for a more compliant and less aggressive dog.
Author: Giano Panzarella