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The most effective tool to strengthen the bond between a dog and its owner are walks, in addition to this important effect, the benefits of walks go much further: they help the dog to manage stress, keep it healthy and discipline it. nice shape.
Sometimes our pets demand more freedom and space and some owners also need their dog to exercise in another way and in another context, but it is necessary to know how to do it to preserve the safety of our furry friend..
If you want your dog to enjoy his outings in a different way, in this Animal Expert article we will show you how to teach a dog to walk without a leash.You may also be interested in: How to teach a cat to walk on a leash?
Knowledge of the basic commands
So your dog can walk by your side without a leash and stay obedient you must first know the basic commands, must not be in a dog training period but must have already integrated this knowledge.
Among the commands that your dog should know are the following:
- Get up
- Come to your call
Between these orders the most important to walk your dog without a leash is that this come to you When you call him by his name, if not, you run the risk that your pet will escape and it will be very difficult to find it.
Does your dog usually walk on a leash?
To teach your dog to walk without a leash it is important that you are used to walking on a leash. The reason is very simple, the exterior at the beginning is very excitable for the dog, which can be nervous and even manifest insecurity through its behavior.
When this reaction occurs on the leash, we have a control medium, but if we confront a dog to the outside environment without the help of a leash, we run the risk of losing control, and this can be serious.
Go to a safe and quiet park
The first times you let your dog loose you should not do it in any environment but you should go to a safe park, away from traffic and with as few distractions as possible so that the dog remains in a calm state and is aware of both your presence and your orders.
Take it on the leash and let it go, but with the leash on. If your pet has become accustomed to walking on a leash, the fact that continuing to feel its weight and texture will facilitate obedience and adaptation to this new way of walking.
Stop exercising control over the strap for short periods, for example, 10 minutes, then for the same period of time leave it loose but without the strap attached to the collar.
The call and reward, basic tool
A dog needs the supervision of its owner, In this sense, and even more so at the beginning of learning, it is essential that you do not stop paying attention to your pet.
When in the right environment you completely remove the leash from your dog, let him distance himself from you without losing sight of him, then call him to come back to you, when he does, you must use positive reinforcement to solidify learning.
Every time your dog comes to you when you call, offer him a treat adequate. This reward system should be maintained for a long time, at least for a period of 1 month and then progressively this habit should become sporadic..
Play hide and seek
When your dog comes to you by calling him on a daily basis, it is time to hide and call him so that he is able to look for you and return to you even though there is no eye contact.
This will be very useful as the space of the walk is wider and the route more dynamic, since it will allow your dog to walk by your side and follow you without having to continually attract their attention..
As we mentioned before, it is important that you keep your dog supervised, without losing sight of him, hide behind a tree and call him, when he comes back to you, offer him a treat for dogs.
Expand the space
Progressively and as your dog integrates this new way of going for a walk, you can take it to larger parks, with more people and with more dogs, as long as their socialization is adequate.
Obviously we recommend that you remove the leash in safe environments, those streets with traffic or near dangerous areas due to vehicle traffic should be avoided if you want your dog to walk without any restraint.