How Do I Control My Dog When Walking? (Solved & Explained!)

To control your dog while walking, walk in front to assert dominance; this will intimidate your dog into seeing you as a leader and prevent retaliation. Use a short leash for the dog (a longer leash can be hazardous), reward your dog in the middle of the walk and at the end, and keep walking ahead even after the walk has finished.

This article goes in detail about how to control your dog while walking, the tips and tricks needed, and what to do in case your dog goes out of control.

How often should I go to walk my dog?

Dogs are a canine animal species, thus it’s important to take them out on frequent walks so they can relieve their pent-up aggression and get a breather while they’re at it. Grown-up dogs should be taken out on walks at least 3 times a day, puppies however, should be taken on shorter walks until they’re used to it.

What problems will I encounter when taking my dog out on a walk?

If you’re a new dog owner, or even a veteran, according to Cesar’s Way, you’ll encounter the following problems with your dog when walking:

  • Dogs being harder to control during walks (over-excited, aggressive, nervous)
  • Being aggressive towards other animals
  • Being irritable towards you
  • Consistent growling, barking and anger
  • Pulling on the leash while walking
  • Not listening when you command
  • Feeling restrained and barking loudly in rebuttal
  • Hard to control and keep track of distracted dogs
  • Stopping on impulse while walking
  • Seemingly uninterested in going out for a walk

What commands should I practice with my dog while on walks?

The easiest way of controlling your dog when they get overexcited during walks is to practice commands with them, such as ‘sit,’ ‘go fetch,’ and ‘roll over.’ Also call out their names often to get their attention and then repeat any commands you want them to carry out, to improve their behavior it’s best to regularly practice these commands.

How much distance should I keep from my dog while walking?

No matter if you’re walking one dog or five, it’s important to walk in front of or ahead your dog/dogs so that they see you as their leader and follow you. This makes controlling dogs easier as they’ll now be intimidated of you and follow your commands wholeheartedly without causing any commotion.

How should I lead to control my dog without it feeling restrained?

According to Animed, a leading guide on pets, while leading your dog, the distance should be short enough for your dog to easily listen to your commands while also feeling relaxed. The lead should be far enough to give them independence as well so that they don’t feel restrained while also close enough to observe and control them.

What kind of leash is the best for controlling my dog while walking?

A shorter leash will minimize the distance between you and your dog, making it easier for you to command and communicate with them, and guide them if the need be. A longer leash will be inconvenient to manage as your dog can sometimes go out of control and pull on the leash.

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Why is pulling on the leash not the best way to control your dog on walks?

When our dog pulls on the leash, our normal response is to pull back, however, that can cause damage to the dog’s throat and even lead to a collapsed trachea. To prevent this constant pulling, teach your dog how to walk with the leash hanging loosely, giving the dog more freedom to walk around while also controlling them.

Should I restrain the amount of my dog’s bathroom breaks during walks?

To limit the amount of times your dog goes on bathroom breaks during a walk, try teaching commands to let the dog know when it’s ok to go pee, as suggested by American Kennel Club. Restraining too much will not be feasible as it would make the dog more irritable, spiraling out of your control.

How much ‘sniffing and exploring’ should I let my dog do on walks?

During walks, dogs like to sniff around and explore till their heart’s content, so dragging them away from enjoying the scenery in an attempt to control them will only make your dog sad. However, to divert their attention from sniffing around too much, you can practice commands like ‘leave it’ to revert their attention back to you.

How much time is ideal for a dog walk?

A walk serves as a breather or a source of physical activity for your dog who stays indoors most of the time, so making sure they’re getting a longer walk is important. According to AKC, a 30 minute to 2-hour long walk will make sure your dog gets enough exercise as well as give you the time to practice commands.

What’s the importance of rewarding your dog during the walk?

Whenever your dog successfully follows the command you’ve given them, make sure to praise them or give them treats as a reward for doing a good job. This not only encourages your dog to follow the same command in the future, but also trains their brains to do so, making it easier to lead them.

Why should I keep leading, even when the walk has ended?

After the walk has finished and you’ve arrived home, maintain the leading stance so that your dog stays in one place while you take off their leash and put away all the other things. This will train your dog to know how to follow you and what to do after a walk has ended, making things easier for you.

How to reward your dog after the walk is over?

Provide a good meal for your dog or a generous serving of dog food after getting home as a show of rewarding, indicating that they’ve done a good job on the walk. This reminds the dog that they’ve actually worked for their food and earned it after long hours of exercising outside.