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This feels like one of the most stupid questions I have ever asked in my lifetime.  I have spent my life, having dogs and walking dogs, and we were all happy.  Luke and I were doing well walking, until I watched Cesar's DVD on the "proper" way and found out I was doing it wrong.  Learned to do it right and found out in his obedience class this week that I was once again doing it wrong.  I am not too concerned and Luke could care less, as long as he gets to walk, but now I am curious.  How does everybody else walk their dog?! 

 

Thanks!  I don't want Luke's friends to make fun of him because he isn't being walked correctly...

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Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 28, 2012 at 1:51pm

You both are hilarious!!  On Tuesday, Luke will graduate from Puppy 1 Obedience Class, with flying colors.  I will fail.  She walked him all over Petco and he was right next to her the whole time and didn't miss a step.  I can't walk him on a short leash for a foot unless he is wrapped around my leg with me pulling him along behind me!  Not a pretty sight...

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on October 28, 2012 at 1:04pm

Jo...I know MY place !

Talk about alpha...after Ginger poops, she goes off a few paces and waits for me to go pick it up !  Don't even THINK she doesn't know !!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 26, 2012 at 12:30pm

I think Gizmo is Alpha.  LOL...........You're wearing the leash.  I know you didn't ask me, but I had to put my two cents in.  LOL

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 25, 2012 at 10:17pm

Jo, I love it!! 

Comment by Jo Bill on October 25, 2012 at 9:01pm

Forgot to mention .... I  wear his leash around my neck when we walk.  So, Bruce, tell me ... WHO is Alpha?  LOL

Comment by Jo Bill on October 25, 2012 at 8:59pm

Gosh ... it's SUCH a relief to know that I'm doing about the same thing everyone else is when walking Gizmo.  Usually we walk off leash with the training collar on.  That's mostly for "just in case".  Gizmo waits for me to tell him to go ahead and comes back when I call.  He will heel when I tell him to, but his "heel" is not squarely on on my side ... just pretty close.  When someone comes by, I either put Gizmo back on leash or pull him off to the side and make him sit until they pass.  He squirms, but has learned not to move until I tell him to.  He sits when I have to pick up his poop (sorry for the terminology) and when we come to cross a street.  He's learned the "watch me" very well!  I still give him the tiny little "Train Me" treats for that.  Gizmo listens very well when no one is around, but when we come to people, and especially other dogs, he gets sooooo crazy!  We're working on that one.

 

So, Barb, if you and Luke are happy, having a good time, and bonding, I say you are walking perfectly!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 22, 2012 at 11:46pm

Apologies for waiting so long to answer you all and thank you for all the different answers.  Working that many hours every weekend is a bother and is not working, especially for Luke.  By last night, he was a mess.  Better today, but hasn't quite forgiven me for making him be good for 3 days in a row.  Think I may have to cut back drastically.

And the walking - you all made me feel better.  In the morning, I will be "properly trained" during his class and then I will smile and keep doing what I was doing before that.  When he is on the beach and he is too little to turn loose to excerise and run, I don't see what is wrong with a long retractable leash.  But, it is nice to have control on a short leash when we are on the streets.  When he gets older, all this will change around.  But, Lois, I have to tell you the one thing that changed my feeling of security and you are right!  After Luke got out a while back, I did train him to come to a whistle.  I can be on the second floor and he can be in the backyard and he will be there right then - only because he knows he will get something better than normal.  It works for me!  

Thanks again, everybody!   Hopefully, I can get through tomorrow without any more questions...

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 19, 2012 at 9:14pm

Well Barbara, now you've heard from 4 of us.  Don't kill yourself.  A walk should be enjoyable.  Granted as everyone has mentioned just keep an eye out that you're baby doesn't get hurt in anyway.  They are so quick sometimes.

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 19, 2012 at 7:00pm

I'm pretty much the same as Grace, I don't walk Pedro, Pedro walks me. He's gotten better with age and I've trained him to stop and sit at the corners when we're walking on the street. We got him an EZ Dog harness and extended leash which we can shorten if necessary and it definitely helped. In the park or hiking trails, he's off leash if allowed and he's amazing because he never loses sight of where we are. He is way more disciplined with Daddy who has shown him that he's the alpha (Daddy, not Pedro) but with me, he walks... ALL OVER ME, that is! :) But as long as his safety is not compromised (including potentially unfriendly dogs or humans) and my arm is not torn off my body, I'm fine with whatever he wants to do.

If I can suggest something, that's it, as long as you're both safe and not in pain, enjoy the walk!

Loving paws from Pedro!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 19, 2012 at 3:14pm

Sorry, can't help you there.  Mark doesn't walk Pemon, Pemon walks Mark.  LOL

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