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Dog Training and Obedience Tips - Part 1 - Walking Your Dog

Many people have trouble walking their dogs.
Their pet may pull to a point where it's really the dog walking them.
Or, the dog may refuse to walk and simply cower in one spot or may try to chase every small animal, child or other dog you come across.
When you first begin taking your dog out on the road or trail, he will encounter lots of new things and will immediately begin trying behaviors, maybe even ones similar to these.
Say you take your dog on a walk and you come across a motorcycle.
He's never seen a motorcycle before, and he will probably start acting frightened.
He may cower, or bark, and simply stare at it obsessively and refuse to continue walking.
Some dogs may not.
Dogs, likes humans, aren't all scared of the same things, and don't all react the same way to their fears.
If your dog does show fear of the motorcycle, you may need to put some extra work into ensuring that future encounters with motorcycles will not be so harrowing, and preventing him from developing a paranoia (if the fear is extreme).
When faced with a scenario, such as the one involving a motorcycle, first, don't overreact.
Your dog can sense your emotions, and if you consider it a "big deal," he's going to do the same thing.
Second, don't comfort your pet.
Attention is a form of praise and giving your dog praise when he's scared or upset can actually reinforce his fear and make him more scared or upset.
And finally, try to get your dog's attention off of the object he is fearful of.
If he or she can sit, get him to do that, if not, just try to get him to look at you and get his focus off of the object of his fear.
Because his mind isn't focused on the scary object (the motorcycle in this case), but rather on you or on sitting, you can praise or treat him without increasing his fear of the "scary" object.
The same process can be used if your dog is displaying aggressive or shocked reactions.
Get the dog's attention focused on something else.
For instance, if your dog tries to chase cars while you are on a walk, you could teach him how to spin around instead.
Or if he or she tries to charge over to greet other dogs, you can teach him quite easily to sit politely or bow when other dogs come into sight.

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