It never occurred to most dog owners to teach their dogs to ignore other dogs on walks until they find themselves in this situation.
Imagine you and your dog on a peaceful walk. You are enjoying the scenery, while your dog is just as happy to finally get some exercise. Then all of sudden, another dog is spotted on the same path.
Before you can maneuver your dog to look at something else, they are already wiggling around in their leash, attempting to control their excitement.
This is a struggle for most dog owners as dogs are naturally social creatures. Thus, when they see a companion it is hard for them not to express their excitement.
This can be an aggravating problem for dog owners to deal with. So we’ve put together this 3-step guide on how to train your dog to ignore other dogs on a walk.
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Training your dog to ignore other dogs on a walk
There are 3 effective methods that can get your dog to ignore other dogs. Feel free to choose the method that you feel is best for you and your dog.
Also, keep in mind that patience is a necessity, as this training will not be easy. Anyway, we know you can do this.
Before starting, you will need to a couple of items:
- A leash
- A bag of treats
- Around 15 minutes each day, until the training is complete
The Friend Method
- For this method, you will need friends and a group of other dogs to participate.
- Take your dog (along with the other dogs) out to a large field, with a leash, and have the “test” dogs and friends line up approximately 20 feet apart.
- Let each dog approach yours one by one. If your dog automatically gets excited, point for them to sit down, and tell them “NO!”.
- If your dog does this successfully, then give them a treat.
- Repeat for at least 15 minutes
This method is a realistic simulation because when your dog gets to the point where they can successfully ignore all 20 dogs, then they will definitely be able to do this in real circumstances.
The Nudge Method
- First, take your dog out on a walk like you normally would. It is essential to remain calm, as your dog will adopt the same relaxed behavior.
- If another dog approaches your dog, instead of instantly pulling your dog back, do not, as this will raise their excitement.
- Instead, nudge your dog in the side to distract them. If they calm down, then give them a treat. However, if they still remain occupied, try calling their name.
This method might take a little longer for your dog to master, but it is still a good practice to be aware of whenever you come in the vicinity of other dogs.
The Attention Method
- This method first begins before going on a walk. Try calling your dog’s name, and if they give you their attention, give them a treat.
- Continue to repeat this before you go on a walk, as this will train your dog to give you their attention even if there are other dogs around.
- If you are on a walk and your dog comes in contact with another dog, try using this method. If they are still having a hard time focusing on you, try putting a larger distance between your dog and the other dog.
This method is easily the most efficient as you can practice it around the house as well.
There you have it, our three-step training to stop your dog from going crazy when he sees another dog.
As with any other dog training, it’s important for you to remain patient and give him a treat and positive reinforcement when you see progress.
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