This weekend provided an opportunity to take the canine for a cruise around Lincoln Marsh. Although the temperatures in DuPage County ranged from the upper 70’s to low 80’s. Although this weather is incredibly pleasant for humans, the canine population still has an issue when it comes to the weather being too warm for them.
While strolling along, Quantum Leap seemed to be enjoying the nature walk when all of a sudden he came to a dead halt – refusing to budge another step. Now the family can look like idiots by dragging this perfectly lovely, lovable, yet firm-minded dog along on his belly or they can do what they have done for quite some time and that is pick up the 32 pound dog and carry him along the path.
While it is endearing to love a pooch this much, experts at Modern Dog spoke on this very topic – although it related more toward rescue animals. The dog in the article would hesitate, sniff and refuse to budge as well. Some of this indicates that this particular dog may not have had many freedoms in her previous life but as a full-breed Wheaten Terrier, Quantum Leap has had much freedom to explore after being adopted from the breeder.
No matter where the dog originates, the article points out that pulling on a dog’s leash or by the collar will do you no good as this action will only cause the dog to stop dead in their tracks. They suggest that you keep the dog’s leash as relaxed as much as you possibly can thus providing no tension on the dog’s collar.
In order to get the dog to cooperate, Delores Wall reported that you begin this training in the comfort of your household; a place where the dog feels comfortable. Treat training is quite effective for many dogs, so begin by feeding the dog treats when they follow your lead. Once the dog repeats the training several times, cut back on the treats yet still use reward style training methods which may include more playtime or a new toy. Once the dog is ready, take it to the great outdoors.
Another suggestion mentioned in the article is to begin training by playing with the pooch first and then concern yourself about the walk later. If your dog is a sniffer, the play could include the ultimate reward of being able to sniff around the yard before the actual walk. Let the dog explore and then lure the dog back to you with a treat or toy.
Once you are ready for the walk, use this same method with the dog. Let the dog explore some, then walk forward, call the dog with a treat or toy and continue. As the dog progresses in this training method, walk a bit further each time before the reward.
Walks are not meant to be Iditarod Races or deter you from getting your work done. They are also not meant for you to carry around a 32-pound dog. Try some new training methods, they may just set the dog straight and keep you both fit in the process.
Enjoy DuPage County. It is beautiful in the autumn. Get out as much as possible so that if we do have a nasty winter, you will have gotten out and about with your canine as much as possible.