Getting your puppy off the leash is one of the best ways for them to release steam and burn extra calories. There is no need to slow down their gait to match our gait, outings without a leash are a great way to exhaust your dog. When preparing for a successful outing, consider these 4 questions before taking your dog off the leash.
Is my dog’s personality suitable for not being leashed?
If you have a nervous, shy or unfriendly dog, going out without a leash may not be the right choice for your puppy. Worrying about whether your dog will be frightened by something and run away, or being wary of other approaching dogs, is stressful rather than fun for both of you. If your dog asks you for comfort and guidance when pulling the rope and lacks confidence in the rope, that’s okay! Every dog is different and has a unique personality. If going out without a leash is not suitable for your dog, there is no need to push them outside the comfort zone.
Is this a safe and legal place to get my dog off the leash?
It is important to conduct research before leaving home. Your destination is a safe and legal place. Can your dog be taken off the leash? Many towns and cities have designated no-leash dog parks. A quick Google search will help you find the best place near where you live. If you are still unsure whether a belt can be untied at a particular location, be prepared for a belted walk, and when you are monitored when you arrive, decide whether you can unlatch your belt at that location. If the location in your mind is very close to a traffic jam and there is no fence border, then it may not be the best place to get your dog off the leash.
Do I have a strong recall?
If you want to get your dog off the leash, it is very important to know that you can bring them back. The best way to cultivate strong memories is to practice! Use these techniques to teach strong memories:
- Use your fingers to hold a special snack tightly and let your dog slowly lick your fingers (a small piece of cooked hot dog is perfect for this exercise).
- When your dog bites a snack, replace “Fido” with your dog’s name and say “Fido come” and “good Fido, good come” in your dog’s ears over and over again, while you use another Rub a person’s head until they finish the food with your fingers. You have just taken the first step to make your dog leave a mark in the echo by linking the delicious and soft touch to the sound you call them back to you. well done!
- Next, use the same delicious small piece of food, let your dog sit and keep it still, or ask a friend to hold their leash when you back a few feet. Start calling your dog in a cheerful tone using the same words that you imprinted. When your dog runs by your side, reward them with their tiny, delicious food, and repeat your imprint reward words and petting.
- Every time they successfully complete the re-call, continue to practice while getting further and further away from your dog. When you are confident about practicing in an open area outdoors, it is best to leave a leash behind your dog so that you can catch them when they make short mistakes in their recall exercises.
Using delicious food, doing your initial imprint, and a lot of practice are the keys to a successful and consistent recall for your dog.
If my dog gets lost or runs away, do I have a plan?
No matter how strong your memories are, accidents will still happen. If your dog chases an animal into the woods and gets lost or frightened by something and runs away, it is important to take precautions and make a plan.
- Make sure your dog is wearing a labeled collar. The dog tag should have your dog’s name, your address and your phone number. This material will not be erased or disappeared.
- If you can implant a microchip for your pet at the veterinarian, then do it! If your dog already has a microchip, be sure to call the chip company to update your dog’s chip information to match your address and phone number.
- Even if you don’t live in a hunting area, giving your dog a brightly colored reflective collar is a good safety option. If your dog gets lost and gets lost after the sun goes down, reflective collars can save their lives if they walk toward the road.
- Buying a GPS tracker for your pet collar is the ultimate safety precaution. GPS trackers like Whistle will give you peace of mind when you are out. If your dog runs away or gets lost, you can use the app on your phone to track their location. It’s that simple.
Confidence in location, training, and safety precautions is the best way for you and your dog to make the most of an outing without a leash.