Be A Pack Leader Dog Walking Club, St. Augustine, Florida

"A Dog Connects You to Nature"

Master The Walk

1. Start your walk by being calm and confident

2. Call your dog to you

3. Wait for your dog to sit calmly by your side then attach the leash

4. Step out the front door first

5  Ask your dog to follow you

6. Your dog should walk beside or behind you NEVER infront of you

7. If your dog gets excited when he sees another dog turn and go in the opposite direction away from the other dog

8. Wait for your dog to calm down turn back around and continue your walk

9. If your dog pulls try a head collar

Treats and toys can also be used to distract a dog's attention away from other dogs.

 

"By mastering the walk, you have the ability to truely bond with your dog as its pack leader.  The walk is the foundation of your relationship" Cesar Millan

 

If your dog pulls on the leash I strongly recommend a head collar.  This collar helps you control any size dog immediately without force. You can choose from four head collars Halti, Gentle Leader, Control Ease and the Holt. The Holt is new and comes in different colors such as pink, red, black, and blue.  The Holt and Control Ease have a padded nose band with an adjustable camlock for the perfect fit. All head collars allow a dog to pant and drink water.  I used the Control Ease and it was very helpful to me when I was training my dog Lexie to stop pulling. The head collars are like using "power steering" to control your dog.  Lexie transitioned beautifully back to her regular collar and harness and she usually walks pretty well now without pulling.  I've even seen her correcting herself as she begins to pull. 

How The Head Collar Works

First a mother dog sends messages of disapproval when her pup is misbehaving badly by gently holding it's snout with her mouth.  This is the region where the first loop of the head collar applies gentle pressure to the nose via the lead.  This is sometimes referred to as the "maternal point."  It is densely innervated with sensory nerve endings that detect touch and pressure.  If dogs had to read Braille, they would do so with their muzzle.

The second loop of a dog's head collar rides high on the neck behind the ears.  This is another well-innervated area that a pup's mother grasps as she transports her pup from place to place.  As the mother's mouth clamps down on the pup's neck, the pup relaxes, knowing it's in the hands (or rather the mouth) of its fearless leader.  This area of the dog's head can be thought of as the "leader point."  Pulling up on the lead attached to a head collar will have the affect of pressuring both the maternal point and the leader point, thus enabling the dog to focus and relax. 

If all dogs were fitted with head collars when they were puppies they probably wouldn't do as much pulling during the adolescent and adult years.  I started using a head collar with Lexie when she was about a year old.  If you stick with it and associate it with something positive like Grade A treats this will help the dog accept the collar quicker.  Don't give up because your dog doesn't like the collar, it's better than you being pulled to the ground or your dog running into the street and getting hurt or worse.  Give the head collar a try it might be the right equipment you need to master the walk.