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December's Dog Do's & Don'ts: Walking

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Tom Gunlicks is a Dog Behaviorist and Kennel Manager of Precious Pets Country Resorts. In this on-air lesson, Tom teaches pet owners how to properly walk their bigger dogs, so they don't get out of control. First he suggests using a Premier or Martingale collar. It's tight on the neck  and won't slip off. Tom says prong collars and choke chains are unnecessary.

Before you start walking get your dog in a sit position by saying "Steady". Then the dog knows you are in control of this walk and the boss. Keep the leash loose so it doesn't stress the dog out. Keep the dog on the left side of you, right beside you. If they start to get too far ahead, you have to pull back and switch directions.  Always maintaining the lead and authority.

If a stimulant comes into play like another dog or a squirrel, get between your dog and the object that's exciting him.  

It will take 21 days of consistent repetitive training before it becomes second nature to walk your dog this way. But once it kicks in, walking is so much more easy and fun for you.

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