When purchasing a house, you’ve heard the expression, “Location, location, location.” After purchasing a dog, the expression should be, “Training, training, training.”
A properly trained dog will be a blessing and a huge asset the rest of your life. He or she will ease your mind when you and your dog are around others. Just think – no begging for food, no nipping, no biting, no jumping on people when they arrive at your door, no pulling on a walk. No worry of how your dog will behave around others. Of course, your dog will not be perfect at all times. And you will have to correct him/her. But with a solid start, you and your dog will have a great relationship built on love and trust.
This all starts with training at a young age, beginning around two months old.
If you take every opportunity to lead your dog, he or she will respect you.
Little elements such as having your dog sit before giving him his food constantly reinforce that you are in charge, the leader.
In nine years of having a dog services business, time and time again dogs placed me in danger. You must keep a vigilant eye at all times to: first keep your dog from danger; and prevent accidents involving yourself, your dog, or others.
It’s easy to trip on a leash, miss that your dog is about to chase a squirrel, or take a quick phone call. Phone calls while dog walking are not only distracting, but also a missed opportunity for quality time. Take a break from normal life and enjoy some one-on-one time with your best pal. They love when you talk with them while walking. Show you are present at the moment and that time with your dog is important. You can’t be present if you are on the phone while walking a dog. You simply can’t.
If found this out while stopping to talk to a mailman one year. The mailman was busy complimenting me on a beautiful dog (this was a client dog). While I was speaking with him, I missed that the dog started to chase a squirrel. I only looked away for two minutes, but he pulled me down so quickly, that I broke my jaw in three places. I also had eight broken teeth. It took seven years and tens of thousands of dollars of reconstructive dental for my mouth to function well again.
Another time a Dachshund got tripped up near a sewer grate and I twisted and fell. That resulted in a sprained, twisted back and a year of pain and rehab. Dog walking can definitely be dangerous. You can prevent some accidents. But if you start with a well-trained dog and you are vigilant in precaution, you have a much better chance at safety. Both of my accidents may have been prevented if the dog had been taught to listen better.