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February 19, 2016

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Top 4 Benefits to the Structured Walk

The structured walk is where your dog is walking politely at your side, on a loose leash with their head even with your leg. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should teach your dog the structured walk.


Teaches Followership

Going for a walk is the only thing you and your dog do together, connected by a leash, in tandem, for the same objective. That is why it is powerful to your dog, and your relationship. If you lead the walk, it will be easy for your dog to follow your guidance in other parts of your life as well. If you allow your dog to lead the walk, sniff what they want to sniff, pee on what they want to pee on, bark at what they want to bark at, etc., then your dog won’t understand why you’re not following their lead everywhere else too.


Creates a Calm State of Mind

Teach your dog how to expend energy in a calm and comfortable manner, instead of an erratic and spastic manner. The structured walk, paired with basic obedience, will create a calm state of mind in your dog and most of their unwanted behaviors will begin to disappear.


Practices Impulse Control

There are so many things to see and smell out on your walks. The structured walk teaches your dogs how to ignore things. Show them how to ignore their surroundings on walks and it will make controlling their impulses in and around the house easier.


Addresses Reactivity

Dogs are terrible multitaskers! By giving them a very well defined position to walk in, their triggers become a blur. You can use the structured walk to introduce your dog to their stressors and triggers to help them learn to overcome them.

BONUS: It makes your walks more enjoyable! Being pulled down the street by your dog is stressful, tense, embarrassing and painful. None of those are things that we should be inviting into our lives. If nothing else, with your dog walking politely at your side you can relax, clear your mind and just enjoy your dog and the fresh air.

If you are in the New Orleans or Mandeville area and would like to schedule a session to teach your dog the structured walk, click here to contact me.
1 Comment
Joni Carlson
February 20, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Great post!


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