In our last blog, we discussed why it is important to take your furry friends on walks every single day. Consistency is extremely important for any type of dog training activity, and your walk should be an opportunity to do some training. In this installment, we will look at some tips for going on effective (and fun!) dog walks.

Be the leader
It is important for your dog to respect your leadership. This starts even before you step out the front door on your first walk. A common mistake many dog owners make is to let their dog burst out of the door ahead of them. This sets your whole walk up for failure. Instead, first make your dog sit and wait for you to pass through the door. Once you are our, give them the go-ahead to follow your lead.

Use the right equipment
It is important that you use the right sized leash for an effective leash. A short leash is best because it allows for maximum control over your dog. Also, make sure you are using the best collar for your dog. There are a wide variety of different collars on the market that are specifically designed to assist during training walks. We can help you determine the best one for your particular situation!

Reward your dog
Don’t forget to give your dog a reward, both as they follow your commands during the walk, and once you get home. Rewarding good behavior is a cornerstone of effective dog training!

An effective walk will help you and your dog form a stronger bond. The skills you both learn on your walks will directly translate to any other training endeavors that you embark on. If you are struggling with mastering the walk, our Greenville dog training experts can help! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your first training lesson!