Safety tips before the event
- Check the Paws and patting before deciding to run with your dog.
- Be aware of the physiological restrictions of your dog. Short-nose dogs can overheat more quickly than other dogs.
- Please be aware that many older dogs have arthritic issues and their exercise needs to be limited. For specific concerns about your dog, please consult your local veterinarian.
- Properly leash and collar or harness. It is recommended the owner uses a short 6 ft. leash so that your dog is near you at all times. A long, retractable leash might make it dangerous for the people around you and for your dog. Check to make sure your dog’s collar or harness is well-adjusted.
Stressful factors to consider
Noise: Sudden loud noises can startle any dog and cause them to lose focus and act scared.
People: The energy of adults and children can make it difficult for your dog consecrate. If your dog starts to show signs of stress, give your dog enough space from people to feel safe and secure.
Dogs: When encountering other dogs along your walk, try to get the attention of your own dog before your dog becomes excited. Reward your dog for holding his attention on you and keep calm if the passing dog or your dog starts to bark. Adding distance will reduce the stress and excitement when encountering dogs.
Bikes & Skateboards: Many dogs find it fun to chase fast-moving objects such as bikes and skateboards. Having the right collar or harness will make it easier to keep your dog under control.
Bathroom Check: Taking your dog on short 10 min walk before starting the event will allow your dog to be less distracted. The primary goal of the short walk will be to give your dog an opportunity to go the bathroom. Otherwise, your dog might be distracted and moving from one side to another because they are looking for a spot to relief themselves during the event.
Walking with your dog
It is recommended that owner uses treats to help mark good behavior. Having the right equipment will give the owner better control and make it easier for the dog to relax.
Start your walk by making sure your dog is focused on you and not the surrounding environment. When the dog is paying attention to you, reward the behavior by giving a treat or a gentle praise.
As you start the walk, do not tighten the leash if your dog pulls ahead. Remember that your dog will naturally be excited at the beginning of the walk. As your dog pulls ahead, gently reframe from continuing the walk and ask your dog to come back to your side. In some cases, you may need to walk the opposite direction in order to get your dog to return to your side. When your dog returns to your side, make sure the behavior is rewarded with a treat or gentle praise. Repeat the exercise when your dog starts to pull ahead or starts to cross from one side to the other. By pausing the walk when your dog pulls ahead, it sends a clear signal that pulling on the leash will not be rewarded. As the walk continues, your dog will start to relax and the need to stop and repeat the exercise will be less frequent.
There will be situations where the environment around you becomes a little stressful for your dog. In those situations, stop your walk, move to the side of the road where you can focus on your dog. Get the attention of your dog by calling his or her name and rewarding your dog when he or she looks for your permission or remains calm. It is important that you only start your walk when your dog is relax and focus.
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