Your pup will be working on their loose leash walking and either their “sit” or “down” stays. By now they should really be getting the hang of staying while you are doing some funny looking moves. They should be staying in the “stay” position for about a minute, which give you ample time to perform the exercises. This routine should take around 45 minutes and you should complete it 3 or 4 times a week. These exercises don’t require any special equipment, and although pictured outside they can also be performed inside.
Between each exercise walk at a varying speed for 2 minutes. Try to increase the speed at which you are walking, and increase the number of faster-paced walks. Be sure to keep your posture erect, and tighten your tummy muscles as you walk. Hold your leash in your right hand, and treat with your left. The goal is to treat when your dog is walking beside you on a loose leash. Make use of obstacles such as benches, tables or trees to walk around, the variety of pace and direction will help keep your dog focused on you. If you’re inside walk around furniture or use small cones. When you make a right circle speed up your pace a little so your dog will learn to speed their pace to stay beside you, and with left circle slow your pace.
Be sure to have water for both you and your dog. Take water breaks every 10-15 minutes. I find it easiest to set the dog’s water dish near a bench. I can then place my water bottle close, and we can both take a water break. You may want to print this article and place it near the water so you can refresh your memory of the exercises.
Start with a 5 minute warm-up, walk at your normal pace for several minutes, then at a faster pace. Your dog should be on a loose leash, walking beside you.
Time to grab the leash and get the lead out!!
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