Friday, June 08, 2007

according to a dog master

*I found this on yahoo's main page.
Master the Walk! 11 Tips ...

Having trouble controlling your dog on the walk? Here are a few pointers on how you can ... Master the Walk:
1) Give yourself time. If you can, allow a full hour for the activity. At the very least, I recommend setting aside 30 minutes.

2) Walk during the day. Dogs are diurnal animals, just like humans. This is what is most natural for both species.

3) Wait until the mind is calm. Don't even put the leash on until your dog is in a calm-submissive state.

4) Leave first. Don't let your dog dart out when the door opens. Again, wait until your dog is in a calm-submissive state. Then you can exit, followed by your dog.

5) Lead. Make sure your dog is behind you or next to you during the walk. He should never be out in front.

6) Use a short leash. This will allow you to have more control over the walk. Need more help? Check out the Illusion collar.

7) Let your dog explore. After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, you can reward him by allowing him to relieve himself. After this time, he may also sniff around.

8) Pick up after your dog. Be a responsible dog guardian. Don't leave the poop for others to scoop!

9) Walk in first. When you get home, be sure to enter your territory before your dog.

10) Have a plan. Don't stop leading after the walk. Let your dog know what is expected of him. Is there a place you would like your dog to sit and wait while you put away his leash?

11) Share food and water. It's reward time! After the walk is the best time to feed your pup. Some dogs may prefer rest before eating, but all dogs can benefit from access to water. By ending the walk with a meal, you have helped to give your dog the natural experience of having "worked" for food and water.


Ryan & Brittany said...

Do you remember when that lady got so mad at you for not picking up Oakley's poop at Parkridge? She was a loon. That was soooo funny. Good ol' Rich would always go afterwards and pick it up. Why couldn't she just understand the system??

Anonymous said...

whats the point of this mean blog?

jody said...

i think this blog is talking about a stuffed dog

jody said...

what does "calm and submissive state" mean?

Anonymous said...

Honestly: who makes a list of 11 ?