How to Walk Your Dog without a Leash

Walking a dog without a leash onThis is not something that every dog needs to know, but many dog owners would prefer their dog to roam free, off the leash on a walk. The problem is that most dogs will just run away, especially if they are in need of exercise. If your dog does not do well with basic commands and doesn’t “come” on command, then you won’t be able to go on a walk with your dog off the leash. However, every dog can learn to stay by your side, so here is what you should do.

Be the leader, as dogs are pack animals who will obey their leaders. Teach your dog the command “come”, and make sure to practice telling your dog to come on a daily basis. Practice it while the dog is on the leash as well, unless the leash isn’t long enough. Once your dog understands that command and obeys you every time you ask him or her to “come”, then it is time for experience.

You will need to have a good understanding of how your dog will react in different situations and how easily your dog can become distracted. If your dog is easily distracted then you will have to work on that by training your dog in parks and other public areas where there are a good amount of distractions nearby. When you are in a busy area like a dog park, then you can use a long leash and practice the “come” command with your dog while he or she is distracted.  Keep trying to work with your dog on that command throughout various other distractions until you have a good idea of what distracts your dog the most.

Now you can really test how well your dog listens and obeys you by taking the dog off the leash and practicing basic commands around distractions. A fully trained dog will still obey your commands and stay by your side, while an untrained dog will get easily distracted and run off to check out the distraction. As long as your dog isn’t aggressive there is nothing to worry about, so both you and the dog need to focus on gaining the off leash experience. Walking your dog without a leash is much easier than dealing with a dog that pulls on the leash.

Here’s a video of dogs playing together without being hooked to their owner, but they are completely trained to walk without a leash on.

Dog Park Guide – Etiquette and Common Rules

Dog Park Tompkins Square Big Dog RunBefore you visit your local dog park, make sure you have a full understanding of their rules, although most dog parks have similar rules. So here is a basic dog park guide for first-timers looking to spend a day at the park with their pets. First, make sure that your dog will behave and listens to your basic commands. If you can’t control your dog then you should not bring him or her to the dog park, it’s as simple as that. The best thing you can do is take your dog there as a puppy, so the dog will have the chance to socialize with other people and dogs while growing up. That’s a great way to ensure that your dog will behave at dog parks, however you know your dog the best so it shouldn’t be hard to tell if he or she will behave.

Aggressive dogs are not allowed at dog parks, and for good reasons. Many animals and people have been attacked at dog parks due to an irresponsible person bringing an aggressive dog to the park. If you know your dog doesn’t get along with other dogs, then the dog park is not a good place for him to go. Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccines and isn’t going to put other dogs at risk for an illness, or vice versa. If you have a female make sure she is not in heat, as all the male dogs will swarm her and this can cause a disturbance at the park.

If you have a good dog that behaves at the park, then make sure that you are on your best behavior as well. That means you need to be paying attention to your dog at all times, instead of talking with friends or making phone calls to family members across the country. The most important thing you can do is to make sure the dog stays in your vision, as you are the only person responsible for your dog. Aside from that, you need to pick up after your dog’s mess and bring poop bags, as that is a rule every dog park enforces.

Some parks will require that dog to stay on the leash at all times, and some allow dogs off the leash, so make sure you have a clear understanding of the park’s rules before you let your dog free. Another common rule is that dog parks usually don’t allow people to bring food and eat on the property, as this can cause a disturbance among the dogs. Do you really want a big Bullmastiff chasing after your lunch? I don’t think so.

Watch “Malcolm” visit the dog park for the first time, this dog loves it! It’s great to see how dogs get along with each other and play at the park, they are very fun to watch.

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog

Dog Running an Obstacle CourseEveryone knows that dogs are great companions, but not everyone realizes that dogs make great workout partners as well. Dogs are active animals, they don’t like to just lounge around all day in your house, they want to get out and have some fun. Some dogs will want to do more than others, and a high-level energy dog might be better suited for an active person who can participate in jogging with the dog every day. When a dog gets the right amount of exercise, it will come home and relax. If your dog has been misbehaving, chewing on furniture, and tearing up your house, then it’s a good idea to give your dog a chance at letting out all his or her energy. Some dogs, like Chow Chows and Old English Bulldogs, are easy to live with, and they don’t require much exercise. However, most dogs are not that easy and will require long walks on a daily basis, or for you to even go jogging with them.  Here is a list of fun things you can do with your, enjoy this list of fun dog activities.

JoggingFor an active person, this might be something you already do every day, so why not have a dog by your side! Many dogs love to run and will enjoy going jogging with you, but it does not have to become part of your daily routine. Walks are good enough for most dogs although some dogs will insist on a jog and start pulling the leash when you walk them, so stick to a schedule.

Day at the beachA day at the beach is fun for everyone, if you got one close to you. Find a pet friendly beach and spend a day with your dog by the ocean, or river depending on where you live. This is a great activity for the dog because dogs love to have space, and at a dog friendly beach the dogs can run around with plenty of space. Most of the popular public beaches don’t allow pets, so most of the pet friendly places aren’t crowded and there’s plenty of space for everyone.

Day at the parkA day at the park is almost as good as a day at the beach, however it is more convenient for most people, as parks are everywhere and beaches are not. Go hiking with your dog, or let your dog interact and play with other dogs, there is so much to do at a park.

Daily WalksIf you don’t have the time for a day at the beach or park, then maybe just a daily walk. Not everyone can keep up with their dogs and jogging is not always the best activity for a dog and its owner. Daily walks can help you stay in shape, and give your dog a chance to get outside and see the world.

Here is a video of a dog playing fetch at the park, which is a great activity for you and your dog.

Tips to Help You Train Your Dog

Training a Puppy New TricksFor a beginner, training your dog can be quite difficult. House training your dog is probably the toughest part for a beginner, as they often get frustrated quickly. All training should start as early as possible, as puppies will need to learn to pee outside and get on a regular schedule. Once the puppy knows he will go outside on a regular basis he will start to hold it longer, so consistency is the key, and that is the first tip. There are many tips that can help a new dog owner; however consistency and patience are the keys to training your dog.

ConsistencyThe most common problem that people have when it comes to training dogs is that they do not stay consistent. Don’t let your dog get away with sleeping on the couch sometimes if you don’t want the dog to sleep on the couch the majority of the time. It’s a yes or no sort of thing; otherwise you will confuse your dog.

Patience – Patience is especially important in the first year of the dog’s life, as puppies can make you feel like you’re raising a child. They are curious, always sniffing around the house and seeing what they can get into, or put their mouths onto. Many puppies develop bad habits, such as chewing on furniture and urinating on rugs. Stay consistent and be patient, because they will eventually learn. Some dogs learn slower than others, as it is highly dependent on the breed. Some breeds require more patience, and some are more easy-going.

Crate Training – Crate training is great for a dog, it gives them a place to feel safe and it makes training your dog much easier. If your dog makes has an accident on your floor then you should take the dog outside to see if they have to go again, and then put them in the crate for 20 minutes as punishment. It will not always feel like punishment for the dog though, so there’s not a reason to feel bad about it.  It will actually make the dog feel like it has a home in your home, one that is safe and secure.

In conclusion, you should also attempt to teach your dog the basic commands, such as “sit”, “come”, “lay down”, and “stay”. Most dogs are very eager to learn and will enjoy learning new tricks, so make sure you follow these tips to train your dog! Consistency and Patience is the key, while crate training makes everything easier for you. Especially if you have to leave the dog alone in the house for a few hours, a crate will ensure that the dog doesn’t tear up your house. Below is a video of a well-trained labrador retriever, it’s always best to start young with your dog!

The Best Places to Exercise Your Dog

Dog Park to exercise your dogFinding the right place to exercise your dog is very important, especially if you don’t have a large fenced-in area where the dog can run around. Some dogs will require more exercise than others, for examples, Huskies can run for miles without getting tired. They were bred to work and go for miles, and this is why so many Huskies run away from their homes. The best thing you can do is find a good park to exercise your dog at, which should not be difficult depending on where you live. If you live in a city next to the ocean you might even be able to find a dog beach where you can bring your dogs, however many of the popular beach destinations are actually pet free.

So, what is the best place you can go to exercise your dog? Any park with a large enough area for the dogs to play in; one where there are other dogs and is not too crowded with people. Most dog parks are ideal for exercising your dog, as they can get plenty of space to run around and play with other dogs. Simply going for a walk is not good enough for the majority of dogs, and so they will need more exercise. These dogs have high exercise requirements that must be met in order for the dog to be happy and feel content. So bringing your pet to dog parks is a great place for your dog to let out his energy, just check the Yelp reviews to find out the best dog parks.

When a dog does not get an adequate amount of exercise he or she might engage in some destructive behavior, such as chewing on things, tearing up your house, and running away from home. The last thing you want is for your dog to run away from home, so make sure you satisfy your dog’s needs. Working and herding dogs generally require more exercise and the dog park is a great place for them to let out all that excess energy. Some dogs don’t require much exercise, and therefore a walk at the park will be enough to satisfy them. Regardless of your dog’s energy levels it is a great idea to take him or her to the park, especially as puppies. Taking a puppy to the park is great if you want to socialize him, especially if the dog doesn’t see many people at home. Dog breeds that are known to be aggressive can certainly benefit from socialization, exercise and trips to the park.

Here is a video that shows you just how much fun a dog can have at the park. Its a Great Dane chasing a remote control car at a dog park, something you don’t see every day.