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Kids can learn to walk their dogs. Here's a Sharpei dog walking on a leash.

Walk
on a Leash

Watch 2 videos:

small video camera Pulling on Leash

small video camera Walk on Leash

 

Going for a Walk

Dogs love to go for walks, but they don't want to be pulled and tugged. Teaching your dog how to walk without pulling will help both of you to enjoy your time together.

 

 

Dogs were the first animals domesticated by people.

Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts

pawLeash training for puppies: (Always work in a fenced in area)

• Start by attaching a light-weight leash to your puppy's collar.

• Drop the leash and let the puppy drag it around.

• Call your puppy, tell her "good girl", hug her,
and pet her...whatever feels good to both of you.

• Leave the leash on for only a few minutes and
never leave it on her when you are not with her.

• Do this several times over a few days and pretty soon
your pup won't even notice the leash.

Running puppy

pawWalking on a leash:
This young girl is teaching her Golden to walk on a leash.
  • First, you need a 4 foot leash and a collar that won't slip off.
  • Start by having your dog sit on your left side facing front just like you.
  • As you say "Let's go", take a step starting with your left foot. Using your left foot all of the time will signal your dog that you are about to walk.
  • Walk at your normal walking pace and talk to your dog while you walk. Tell her what a good girl she is. You want her to be happy walking with you. Keep talking to her. Make it fun.
  • Go a few feet, then stop. You can praise her now. Or you can have her sit and then praise her...as long as she stays with you.
  • Practice for 5-10 minutes several times a day. Keep it fun!

 

Tip!
It's best to teach new things in quiet places
where your dog can concentrate on you.
If your dog is still not paying attention,

try getting her to focus using her favorite treat.

 

How to Improve Your Dog's Walking Skills

Here are some things that are fun and help your dog
to pay attention. They're best to do after your
dog understands how to 'walk on a leash'.
If you like, bring along some treats.

Activity #1
As you're walking, call your dog's name and then say, "
Come!"
Immediately, start walking backwards. Your dog should turn
around and walk or run happily towards you. While you're
backing up, gather up the leash as your dog gets closer to you.
Let your dog catch up to you and praise him.

Activity #2
During your walk, gently turn around and go the opposite direction
calling your dog so he goes with you. You will now be walking
in the opposite direction, both going the same way. You can
do this many times so he learns to go wherever you go.

Activity #3
While walking, make unexpected left turns, right turns,
zigzags. Praise your dog.

Activity #4
While walking, go fast, slow, and then back to normal pace.

All of these things not only make walking fun, but keeps the dog's attention on you.

 

Young girl walking her Chihuahua.

Walking your dog is good for your dog and good for you. Walking keeps both of you healthy and your bones strong.

Spending time with your dog is important. The more your dog knows you, the better he will understand what you want. Take a walk everyday, even if it's for just a couple of minutes. If your dog is too strong for you, invite your parents to come along. Have a nice walk!

Watch 2 videos:

small video camera Pulling on Leash

small video camera Walk on Leash

 

 

 Caution
NEVER leave a choke collar on a dog when she is alone. Most people use nice collars that can't choke dogs now. You might want to try one of those when you train your dog.

 

Here are our favorite training books and videos written for kids:
       

 

 

Obedience Lessons
Getting Started
Sit
Come
Stay
Lie Down
Wait
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Off
Stand
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
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Cody's Tour
Kelly's Tour
Trouper's Tour
Your New Dog
Well-Behaved Dog
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A New Dog
Your Best Friend
Too Many Dogs
I'll Love You Forever
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Following the Rules
What Dogs Cost
Obedience Lessons
Keeping Safe
What Dogs Need
Behavior Problems
Older Dogs
Puppy Basics
Learning Tricks
Losing Your Dog

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