If your dog is an excited or fearful breed of dog, then you should know what do you do if an off-leash dog approaches you while you are walking on a leash. You should always be in the front of the dog with the leash in your hand. Never walk around the dog with the leash hanging slack or being pulled around by the wind. The leash should be tight at all times. If you have to walk around the dog while it is running away from you then you should turn around and walk back slowly.
If you find that the dog is getting restless because it is walking with its nose pointed toward you, then it is time to change direction. Stop and sit down. Put one hand behind your back and put the other hand on the dog’s chest. Your dog will naturally walk with you because it knows that you will protect it from danger. If you need to move, do it gently and slowly with a nice rhythm that is easy on you.
Once you have started to train your dog to walk by your side, keep up the positive associations with the word. “My dog is safe with me.” Or “I am happy to see my dog walking safely beside me.” Your dog will be able to understand the meaning of these associations and will try to obey you more frequently. As a result, you will begin to feel more relaxed when your dog is next to you and not jumping out of control.
Dog trainers are well-aware that dogs respond better to positive reinforcement than negative ones. Therefore, they use positive conditioning to help reinforce your dog’s behaviors and attitudes. One great way to do this is to teach your dog tricks that you know he can do, like sit or come. You can also give him a treat whenever he performs the trick correctly. When he does something you want him to do, then give him the treat and lots of dog treats. It may seem like a lot of dog treats, but when he performs his trick, he will be rewarded with more treats.
Try to have fun with your dog. Treats are just a way for you to keep him motivated. If you want your dog to learn more tricks, then you should never scold him or make him stop if he does something wrong. Always reward good behavior with treats. Be patient and you’ll see that training your dog will be easy and fun.