Recently I have been writing articles trying to stress the importance of the walk to pet owners everywhere. I feel that the walk is the most important activity that an owner can do with his or her pet and the reason for this is very simple. People who have troubles with their pets can usually trace the problem back to themselves because of numerous reasons. Dogs are very skilled at sensing when a situation is tense and when someone is giving off a negative energy and they tend to act off of that. It is a complicated situation where an owner feels negative about something his pet did and the pet is sensing that same negativity and is acting even worse based on that which in itself makes the owners negative energy even worse. It's a vicious cycle that does have an end, the walk.
The walk is the most important thing you can do together with your pet because it gives you two a chance to bond and establish the bounds of your relationship. He needs to learn that he isn't the boss and that you are the one that will lead him. You need to learn that you need to act a certain way in order to give off a feeling of leadership to your pet. It may not seem like this is very significant but if you could see from the perspective of an animal that has its roots in a pack mentality you would probably understand him better. That is something that I wanted to get into in order to solidify this argument. Before dogs were domesticated they used to roam free in a pack formation where they had a clear cut leader, the pack leader. This is the kind of mental thinking that is hardwired into their brains. If they don't sense or see a clear-cut pack leader they take it upon themselves to appoint themselves as the leader. This is where the problem comes in because you aren't aware of this situation and think that your pet is just acting out and being bad. You think that he is causing all this trouble because he is a bad pet and that there isn't a way to fix this but there is. You need to take the position of the pack leader and show your dog just exactly who is making the rules here. He needs to see that you make the rules and he is simply there to follow them.
Once you have this role down you can begin to really take control of your pet and your relationship will only strengthen and flourish from there. It's all up to you and the energy you put out. Remember he knows more than you think.
This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing author for a luxury elevated dog feeders boutique offering variety of dog beds and orthopedic dog beds. This author and DogBedSupplies are also dedicated to providing valuable and informative articles on pet health, dog training, crate training, puppy breeds and more.