Walking the Dog “A practical guide”

“Walking the dog” 


Walking the dog, is a bonding experience, the importance of “walking the dog” cannot be over emphasised.

It is imperative that “walking the dog” should not be seen as a chore or something that has to be done and the sooner it’s over, the better.

The positive physical and psychological effects of walking the dog on you are well established as are the positive effects on the dog.

Reinforcement of the “ALPHA” position of the owner during the dog walking experience is very important.

Pre-walk preparation 

  • Are you dressed appropriate for the weather conditions?
  • Have you got your mobile phone (in case of the unexpected)?
  • Have you got your keys, plastic bags, etc.?
  • Have you ‘planned’ your walk?
  • The dog should be calm before you put on the “check chain” and lead. 

The walk 

The walk starts before you leave the house.

Sit the dog by the door before leaving the house. Never let the dog go through the door before you. Walk through the door and call the dog to ‘HEEL’.

(This should be repeated at the garden gate before going out of the premises)

This is the “MIGRATION” part of the walk – the dog is at the ‘HEEL’ and under your control. No sniffing, No smelling, etc.

Walk with the dog on the ‘roadside’ to lessen the opportunities to sniff etc.

Walk at a ‘good’ pace, faster than normal walking pace. (At first it may make you a little out of breath).

Practise the ‘SIT’, ‘STAND’, ‘RIGHT TURN’, ‘LEFT TURN’, ‘ABOUT TURN’, ‘COME TO HEEL’, etc.


The walk is divided into parts:


  1. Migration
  2.  Sniffing, tracking, smelling, emptying, play. (During this period call the dog to you praise and then release again, do this as many times as appropriate to the length of time spent on the walk) 
  3. Migration 
  4. Sniffing, tracking, smelling, emptying, play. (If you have time) 
  5. Migration              


Returning home 

Sit the dog before entering the garden, you enter then call the dog through.

Sit the dog before entering the house, you enter then call the dog in.

In the house have a towel ready for your return, sit the dog in the doorway and wipe its feet and body as appropriate. This should be done on every occasion; no matter the weather. Routine is all important to a dog. (This will really help on wet days).

Then allow the dog into the home, to rest.

Consider what went well and why, consider what went badly and why.

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