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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-15-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a uniform way to walk?

I walk my dogs twice day and I have found myself getting frustrated. What is the best way to become structured in walking? Should they always be on my left or my right? Do I let him go and smell every mailbox? What do I do when they want to walk back and forth in front of me? Ugh...they both pull lightly out of excitement but neither of them drag me around or dont stop if I say stop...Just trying to fine tune our walks..Any advice welcome

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Walks are Elsa's time to be kind of obnoxious. She never pulls too much, but I let her sniff, walk on either side (unless we are in traffic), etc. Walks are a fun, relaxing time for both of us.

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I don't let mine stop and sniff everything...that is a personal pet peeve of mine. I also don't let them cross from side to side. Pick a side, then they stay there. I don't enforce strict heeling work or anything of the sort, but I do expect manners. This means no pulling, no constant sniffing, marking, crossing back and forth, etc

Structure provides relaxation in my case.
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Yes, I should say that this is all "within reason." We still keep the pace I want and I don't want to trip over her constantly.

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It really depends on what YOU want. Figure out what criteria you want them to obey and then train that. How someone else walks their dogs really shouldn't matter, you get to decide how you want to walk your own dogs.

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I don't let mine stop and sniff everything...that is a personal pet peeve of mine. I also don't let them cross from side to side. Pick a side, then they stay there. I don't enforce strict heeling work or anything of the sort, but I do expect manners. This means no pulling, no constant sniffing, marking, crossing back and forth, etc

Structure provides relaxation in my case.

thats about how it is here. Shasta walks on my right side because thats easiest for me. She stops to sniff here and there but when she starts making a big thing about it, she gets dragged along and told to leave it. no pulling allowed. i'll let her know when she's allowed to have freedom which is usually on te smaller grassy areas but on standard walks involving sidewalks and such.... she has to behave and have some manners about her.

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All true I just wanted to get some ideas on what everyone else does. I mainly make them walk on the inside, no excessive pulling or marking I guess we are doing good then...lol GSDElsa good point about it being a relaxing time for us. And Rerun you are on the same page as me when it comes to structure bringing relaxation! lol...


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My dog walks out in front and my foster on my left side. There is no swirling allowed as that makes me crazy and it could cause me to trip. I also don't allow any sniffing or marking when out for a walk; they can do that before or after, not during.

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I have been training Neko to "switch" (usually she is on my left) behind me, not in front. This can be useful if there is something coming up that I want to avoid.
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I walk my dogs twice day and I have found myself getting frustrated. What is the best way to become structured in walking?

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