You’ve got a neighbor who also happens to be one of your best pals. You love your morning walks and catch ups. They happen to have a dog too. In fact, it was walking with them that inspired you to get yours. However, your dog isn’t so friendly when he’s on walks with other dogs, making your once relaxing stroll with a friend, well, not so relaxing. He’s the same when you walk with other friends, he simply doesn’t know how to behave. He won’t respect their privacy, he seems intent on winding them up and sometimes he can even be aggressive.
Training him to walk with other dogs is essential if you want to enjoy strolls with others ever again. It’s also important for him though. This training will help him learn to socialize with other dogs in a calm and appropriate manner.
Training your pooch to walk with other dogs isn’t always straightforward. He is simply so excited to be with other dogs and out and about with so many smells around, that reigning him in is going to be a challenge. You’ll have to use strict obedience commands to keep his attention focused and his behavior on point. You may also need to take a number of measures to increase your control when you’re walking with other dogs. If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner and it may take just a couple of weeks to see results. If he’s older and been making trouble with other dogs for many years, then you could need up to six weeks.
Get this training right and he’ll be able to enjoy the company of other dogs. This will bring him joy, while significantly reducing your stress levels. This training will also make it easier to teach him a range of other commands too.
Before you can get to work you’ll need a few things. A short leash and a body harness will be needed. The harness will increase your control while reducing the strain on his neck. His favorite food broken into small pieces or some tasty treats will also be required.
You’ll need some time to practice every other day. Importantly, you’ll also need some friends with dogs to help you with the training.
Once you’ve got all of the above, it’s time to put your walking shoes on and get to work.