It's also of utmost importance to a dog's health and behaviors.
Most dogs given up for adoption are victims of misbehavior.
Misbehavior in most cases can be resolved with a simple thing called exercise.
Dogs that incessantly pull on the leash end up not getting walked very often.
The behavior can be so irritating for the dog owner that the dog ends up getting exercise in the backyard only.
Backyard exercise, in most cases, doesn't happen either.
Unless there is structured interaction, the dog usually spends a short time digging a fabulous hole or tearing the screen door to get back inside.
After getting bored with the destruction, a big nap is in order.
Many people end up getting another dog with the thought that it will keep the first dog entertained and therefore exercise will naturally occur.
The initial idea is good, but when the owner finds that now there are two dogs with bad behavior due to no structured exercise and lack of training the disappointment and guilt can become overwhelming.
The best way to resolve these behavior issues is to get walking with the dogs.
Walking two dogs on leashes at the same time can be a big challenge.
With a little diligence the project can end up not only a huge success for the dog training and behavior issues, but you will also have fun and get much needed exercise for yourself.
Here are 5 things you can do to teach your dogs to walk on leash nicely.
- Start by walking with one dog at a time.
- Simply stop when your dog starts to pull.
- Use turning in 90-degree and 180-degree movements to keep your dog's attention.
- Be patient.
- Keep the leash short.
If one of your dogs cannot walk on leash without pulling, the hope that two dogs at the same time won't pull is next to impossible.
If you continue to let your dog pull on the leash, the behavior clearly works for your dog.
If you stop every time your dog begins to pull, your dog will quickly figure out moving forward only happens when walking beside you.
Moving only when your dog is beside you will train your dog to do what works.
Your dog is anticipating the forward motion.
Keep your dog aware of his paws by changing your direction several times at the beginning of the walk.
Stop canine anticipation by mixing 90-degree turns and 180-degree turns in the training exercise.
A destination is at the forefront of our minds.
Leave that idea behind and start focusing on being calm and taking as much time as needed to get your dogs to pay attention.
The distance you cover may not be far, but the energy used in the teaching process will make up for lack of distance traveled.
It goes with the old adage if you give an inch, they'll take a mile.
By giving your dog the entire six foot leash you are encouraging your dog to go out to the end.
Give your dog only the 3 feet needed to walk near you.
You'll find it does get easier as each day passes.
Its a matter of being consistent.
Make a game out of it.
By putting a fun factor into it you'll be on the way to walking both dogs on a loose leash in less than 30 days.