Dogs are social animals, which means that it is natural for them to form a pack. When a pack is formed, a pack leader is required. There will be an alpha leader among the dogs, which is required for the group to function.
When a dog lives in a family, he looks for an alpha to guide him, if she doesn’t show up, the dog will try to be the pack leader. This is followed by behavioral problems that prevent the pet and human from living together comfortably. Before this happens, you must set yourself up as a leader and give your best friend peace and security.
How to be a leader while walking?
Walk in front of your dog
When you walk in front of your dog, he sees you as the pack leader. That is why it is important that you leave the house first and enter it first when you return from the walk. When walking, the dog should walk behind or near you.
If the dog is the leader, constantly sniffing, excited, etc. means he is alpha while walking. For a dog, this condition is exhausting and he cannot be calm. So you must be a leader – let the dog walk behind or near.
Use a short leash
A shorter leash allows more control. When the leash is shorter, it is easier to communicate with, guide and correct the dog. Always keep your dog in the safety of your dog when correcting. The leash should be relaxed. It is not necessary, nor good, for you and the dog to “strain” all the time. Instead, relax and be a calm leader.
Set the necklace high
The necklace should be as large as possible because then it is not necessary to invest much energy in pulling the dog and it gives you better control. The body belt is not recommended for walking. The belts are designed to haul loads, sleds, etc. They are placed around the strongest points of the dog’s body, making it difficult to control the dog. Instead, place your usual necklace high.
Put on his collar when he is calm
Invite the dog to come to you, not the dog to call you. After you tell him to sit down, wait until he calms down, then put on his collar and leash.
Allow plenty of time for walk
The ideal time for a walk is in the morning. Take half an hour to one hour each day. Depending on the breed, your dog may need more or less time. Consult a veterinarian about the length of the walk, and see how your dog responds to different walks.
Reward the dog while walking
After your pet has been obedient, walked with you, learned how to behave, reward it with free sniffing and emergency work. You have to decide when your free time is over. Keep in mind that it should always be shorter than walking time alone.
Don’t let your dog be bad
If you know that your dog will bark at another dog, cat, or even human in some situation, ban it in a timely manner. It is necessary to gently pull the dog before disobedience occurs. Keep walking straight.
If a light pull is not enough, lightly touch the dog with his foot. Never hit it! In situations like this, it is important to react before the dog reacts, because once he starts barking it will be difficult to calm him down. Then his focus will be on what he’s barking at, not your commands and movements.
Be leader and after the walk
When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently until you remove his collar and take off your shoes.
Reward the dog after a walk
When you give your dog food after a walk, you let him “work” for food and water. Then the dog is even more satisfied.