Cesar Millan’s tips of the week, 20th of July
Master the Walk
An excerpt from Cesar’s website, http://www.cesarsway.com
I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I’m in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it’s simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why they follow me wherever I go.
Position matters. Walking in front allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.
Use a short leash. This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections.
Set aside time. Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog’s behavior to see if his needs are being met.
Define exploration time. After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.
Don’t punch out. When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.
Share food and water.By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to “work” for food and water.
Pick up after your dog! Set an example: be a responsible dog guardian.