Walking Your Dog – Eleven Rules
By Eleanor Wilson
When we walk our dog, no matter the destination – on city streets, in parks or in open spaces – it is necessary that he respects the disciplinary rules required, to avoid having problems with other animals or people you meet.
So let’s see how our dog will have to act in certain situations:
1. Usually, in crowded places keep him on a leash, to always have him under control. He will have to learn how to walk on a leash, near your foot, without pulling.
2. The dog is not allowed to jump on people or animals you meet or to attack any of them, as long as he isn’t attacked first.
3. The dog shouldn’t run after bicycles, motorcycles, cars or people that are running. Some dogs do that because of their hunting instincts.
4. When you let the dog free, to relax, it is crucial that when he is called he returns along the shortest route and as fast as possible.
5. At a picnic, the dog is not allowed to walk across other people’s carpets or eat their food.
6. Wherever your dog might be, he is not allowed to eat food given by someone else or food found on the ground.
7. Generally, small dogs are more spoiled than big dogs and they are more aggressive, anti-social and afraid of people or other dogs. The ones to blame are the owners who are often amused when they see their dogs acting this way. Eventually the dogs may start to bark at and even bite their owner.
8. The dog must already have basic skills learned, so you have no problems when walking him.
9. All through the walk, the dog must not chew on his leash or pull it with his teeth, otherwise if he is tied somewhere alone he will chew on it until he becomes free and then get lost.
10. The dog is not allowed to jump up and put his front paws on us or others even if he is just playing.
11. Pay attention to drunken people! Many times the smell, the walk and the yelling of drunken people annoys dogs. The dog may follow his instincts and won’t pay attention to any of our calls. Some drunken people are even aggressive to dogs. Stay away from them as much as possible.
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