Three Keys To Better Dog Walking

Dog Walk, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker

Loose leash walking.

The loose leash walk allows your dog to wander to the end of the leash’s length, enjoying some freedom to stretch his legs, investigate aromas left behind by other dogs and do his business.

Many times you may experience or see a dog owner who’s dog is leading them down the street, with a tight lead and the dog breathing heavy as if choking himself. This is NOT a loose leash walk, if you couldn’t tell.

But getting to a loose leash walk does not require a lot of training. In short, there are three keys to make sure your dog is well behaved on your walk:

  1. The focus is always on you. While your dogs immediate attention may be on the scent of another dog left on a tree he should always be aware of where you are and what you’re doing. Your dog should not be taking you in a direction he feels is important. Make sure the focus is on you and where you wanna go.
  2. Keep within the radius. Picture yourself in a bubble defined by the length of your dog’s leash. If your dog lingers too long or pulls to inspect further, quick corrections to the leash should bring him back in order.
  3. No Pressure. Your main tool of communication is pressure and the leash delivers it. A loose leash walk should be just as it sounds: Loose. A taut leash, pulling the collar is a sign your dog’s focus is on something else and he’s taking you in that direction (Remember the example at the beginning what a loose leash walk is NOT?)

Good leash manners are vital to a good dog walk. Keeping these three steps in mind will make your walks more enjoyable for you and your dog.

Dog Training: Keep Pawsitive

Pawsitive. That’s Big Paw Pet Care’s approach to pet care.Dog Training
We believe in an animal-focused, positive approach to our work, whether interacting with our clients, our pet sitters and especially during our dog training sessions.

Speak to a 100 dog trainers and get 100 ways to resolve your dogs behavioral issue.
When I meet a client and their dog for the first time, I want to get to know them. I want to know what’s most important to them with regard to their dog’s behavior. And I want to understand their family dynamic. I need to make sure we take steps that will be easy for everyone in the home to repeat and reinforce.

One size doesn’t fit all. 
There’s no “single solution” to dog training. Together you and I create a training plan for your dog that you can be comfortable with and can keep consistent with all members of your family. If something doesn’t work, there are always alternative methods.

Train: Pawsitive
Most importantly, I believe in positive reinforcement. Dogs (and people) learn better with praise and lots of rewards. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll limit or end bad behavior with aversions – or tools that tell your dog “No”.

But we’re going to train positive and make sure that no matter what, your dog knows he’s loved and a cherished member of the family.


Fourth of July: Lost Dogs

You’ve probably heard that more dogs are reported lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year.

You can imagine a night where the sky explodes with lights and sounds can be unnerving to a dog who spends most evenings curled up at your feet on the floor.

If you’re heading out tonight there are a few precautions you can take to help your pup deal with the festivities outside:

1) Create A Safe Space: If you crate your dog, leave the door open and cover the sides with a blanket and pillows. The den-like set up helps relax your dog and the pillows help absorb some sounds. Throw some treats inside so it’s extra welcoming.

If you don’t crate your dog, you can create the same sort of safe space in any area your dog likes to relax. Improvise a den using chairs and blankets – like when you would camp indoors as a kid.

2) Drown Out The Noise: Symphonic music has a calming effect on dogs. So does white noise (just like us). If you’re leaving, leave the stereo or your cable system’s music channel on classical music, just a tad higher than you may usually listen to when you’re home.

3) Stay Calm, Show The Love: If you’re not heading out, make sure your dog knows that everything is OK. Nothing is more reassuring than lots of cuddling and hugs. Keep your voice calm and reassuring – move slowly about the house, not making any sudden movements that will raise your dogs concern.

Most importantly: Make sure all doors, window and gates are secure before departing.

And if you haven’t done so lately, update your dog’s microchip information with your most current address and phone number.

By making sure your home is set up to be a Pawsitive place, even the furriest members of your family can enjoy this holiday!