Tips for Walking a Reactive Dog
You should enjoy walking your dog at all times. You should be able to spend quality time with your dog, getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors, and of course exercising. However, not all walks end up smooth like you expected them to. If your dog is reactive, there are times when your walk will be just a nightmare. There are some dog walking tricks that you can use to have a peaceful walk regardless of whether your pet has always been reactive or has started being reactive due to a recent bad experience.
Do not React
You may be walking your pet when another dog turns up unexpectedly, and your loving pet turns into a snarling, growling pest. There is no sure way to know how the dogs are communicating but you can bet that they are fond of each other. Most dog owners will first react by panicking and especially if they have experienced such an incident in the past. If you can keep cool; your dog will calm down much quicker than when you panic.
Act Fast and Plan Ahead
When you see another dog approaching from a distance, it is best that you cross to the other side of the road to avoid any contact between them. Most likely, you dog will still react but continue walking confidently and calmly and praise your dog if he keeps cool. If you find yourself in a situation that you were not prepared for, quickly make a U-turn. For dogs, it is often a case of out of sight; out of mind. If you are having difficulty getting your dog to walk away, encourage him to run a little and praise him as soon as his attention is facing forward, and he’s keeping up the pace.
At times, the only way you can control your dog and prevent him from reacting is by getting his focus. If you see another dog coming your way, pull your dog to one side and start practicing the lessons you have learnt. You can ask him to sit and stay while focusing his attention on some gift. If your dog is still likely to react, consider blocking his line of vision until the other dog passes.
Have the Right Equipment
There is no need of walking a reactive dog if it’s liable to slip off its lead. Ensure the security of your dog when you are walking him. The two hounds design dog harness is a stable lead that will make sure that your dog does not pull and will not escape quickly. It is a way of ensuring that you have control over your dog should anything happen.
Know why your Dog Reacts
You know your dog better than anybody else, which means that you are a better position of understanding his body language. Knowing, why your dog reacts, helps you address the problem better.