Taking long walks in the park is the hallmark of effective owner and dog relationship. It builds rapport between you and your pet, as well as it improves your health together with your dog. If anything, going to the park shouldn’t be all that bad. Unless of course if you have a dog that is very reluctant to even get in the car.
Which brings us to one important question: How can we train our puppies to come to the park?
It may sound all that simple, but really, training your dog for long walks in the park takes a lot more than just rewarding him constantly for the good job he has done.
Indeed, it involves more than that as a puppy is still alien to the concept of discipline. Try to imagine you and your dog having a healthy walk in the park when suddenly, out comes a squirrel that entices your dog to chase it around a chestnut tree. What dog owner wouldn’t be frustrated with this kind of scenario?!
Well, one thing’s for sure, it is very important for dog owners to understand the basic tenets of training their dogs to walk in the park.
There will be times that you will get frustrated by guiding your dog back in the car and subjecting him to a timeout once you arrive home. But training your dog to come with you to the park goes beyond that. What you need to know is the numerous techniques and tips for creating successes. And here are some strategies you can apply to make your dog more compliant towards you.
The very first thing you need to do before anything else, however, is to have patience. Training a dog requires a long time. It is a tedious process, but as long as you and your dog persevere, you will be able to reap the fruits of your sacrifices in the end.
So, now, how can we make our dogs more compliant in coming with us to the park?
Do not play tag! And I don’t mean the game here. Sometimes, if you let your puppy go, it will have its sweet time to run around the park. And once you give chase, your puppy will only consider it as the start of a game of tag. It also happens that your puppy will disobey you and make you even more frustrated with him.
So, your only option is to keep calm and do not give your puppy this opportunity to play. You can try a more different approach by walking away. Your puppy will feel like you have forgotten him, so its natural instinct to go after you so it will feel secured again.
If anything, having your puppy to chase after you should be easy as long as you keep calm yourself. Do not let the frustration go to your head. Take deep breaths and realize that there is a more simpler way to address your dog’s behavior in the park.
All it takes is knowing how to engage your dog and address its behavior accordingly. There is no magic involved in setting your dog straight. All you have to do is to let your puppy calm down for a moment.
The prime mistake dog owners make when they go on walks in the park with their pets is that they become too controlling and domineering. I’m not saying that dog owners should always make a compromise, but it has always been an important factor in dog training to draw the line between the fun and serious aspects of building discipline.
So how can we achieve a perfect balance between the two? Simple. You just need to learn how to read your dog’s gestures and use other things that can pass of as effective reinforcement.
Dog treats are very important if you have a puppy that runs around too much but is still very responsive once he catches sight of a tasty bacon-flavored biscuit in your hand.
It may sound too difficult, but there is no other course you can take other than this logical one. As a dog owner, you should be able to know what it takes to control your dog and make him easier to work with as you take strolls through the park.