Boosting your dog’s obedience during walks, whether you aim to teach them to come back to you off leash or to walk well beside you, is a priority for most dog owners. Ensuring that your dog stays engaged with you is key to achieving this goal.
To have an obedient dog during walks, you must become the most captivating thing in their surroundings. This entails avoiding any distractions, such as phones or other human-centered activities. Instead, focus on giving praise and maintaining regular eye contact with your dog. Additionally, using high-value rewards specifically outdoors is crucial. Ordinary training treats or kibble won’t suffice in this case.
Begin by stepping out into less stimulating environments, like your yard or driveway, along with your furry companion. Practice rewarding eye contact and actively engage with your dog in this setting. Dogs naturally gravitate towards interesting things and shy away from uninteresting ones.
In bustling surroundings where there are numerous new stimuli, such as sights, smells, and sounds, it is vital to make yourself more captivating to your dog than anything else competing for their attention.
By staying actively involved with your dog, you capture their focus and make it nearly impossible for anything else to distract them. Whether your aim is to avoid common loose leash walking mistakes or enhance your dog’s recall, try setting aside your phone and instead praise and reward your dog for establishing eye contact.
Doing so may elevate the enjoyment for both you and your faithful companion during your daily strolls!
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