Case Study: My Experience With Dogs

How to Walk a Reactive Dog

Walking your dog is something that you ought to enjoy. You should be able to spend quality time with your dog, getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors, and of course exercising. But, not all walks are as smooth as you would want them to be. If your dog is reactive, there are times when your walk will be just a nightmare. Whether your pet has always been responsive or has become reactive as a result of a bad experience, there are some tricks that you can apply to keep your walk peaceful.

Don’t React
So, you are walking your dog when suddenly another dog appears from around the corner, and your calm pet turns into a snarling, growling beast. You can never know how dogs communicate but when this happens you sure can figure out that all is not well. The the first reaction by most dog owners is panic especially if they have had past incidences like this one. Your dog will calm down if you remain as calm as possible.

Act Fast and Plan Ahead
If you see a dog approaching you from a distance, cross to the other side of the road so that the two dogs won’t have any contact. Most likely, you dog will still react but continue walking confidently and calmly and praise your dog if he keeps cool. If you happen to walk into a situation you were not prepared for, quickly turn back. For dogs, it is often a case of out of sight; out of mind. If your dog seems a little resistant to walking away, encourage him to run a little and praise him for keeping up with the pace.

Focus
At times, the only way you can control your dog and prevent him from reacting is by getting his focus. When you sight another dog and the owner coming your way, sit your dog on one side and start practicing what you have learnt. Ask your dog to sit and stay, while focusing his attention on some form of treat. If he is still likely to react, you might want to block your dog’s line of vision while the other dog passes.

Have the Right Equipment
There is no point of walking a reactive dog if it is likely to break its harness. When walking your dog, you must make sure that they are safe. The two hounds design dog harness ensures that your dog does not pull and can’t easily escape. It is a way of making sure that you have maximum control over your dog should the worst happen.

The Reason Behind Your Dog’s Reaction
Nobody know your dog better than you do, so it is likely that you understand his body language. If you can figure out why your dog reacts then you can be in a better position of dealing with the problem.