I am a firm believer in the power of positive reinforcement. Being a professional dog walker for 15 years, I have witnessed first hand how effective this is as a training method. When dogs are barking and lunging at the end of their leashes, it helps to stay very calm and place the dog in sitting position (if possible) with focus on a treat rather than the passing dog. Lots and Lots of praise for even the littlest accomplishment. The idea is to give the dog something to look forward to when they see a passing dog rather than something to fear and have anxiety about. This does not happen overnight, but it will improve with consistency.
Recently a client of mine bought one of these for her cat to play with. AWESOME! The toy is battery operated and the mouse runs around and around…..Cats LOVE it! It’s also very entertaining for humans!
Everyone always asks how to walk a group of dogs.. Answer…it’s tough!! Best advice I can say is to try to keep the group moving forward. It’s when you stop that you get tied in knots! Get all the potty done first off and then Go For It!! Keeping a short leash for all the dogs in the group is also very helpful. Try to match energy levels with in your group as well. The slow-sniffers should be a group and the young-movers could be another group.
Awesome hike in Las Trampas Today. Some of the most beautiful hiking trails I’ve seen. Great for hot summer days as there is an abundance of shady trails. Check out www.ebparks.org/parks/las_trampas
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