We had some great comments related to the last blog on walking your dog. Citizen Canine readers pointed out the importance of dog owner behaviors when it comes to everyone enjoying walks with their dogs.
From our readers:
* CGC skills also apply to the human end of the leash. Responsible owners understand that not all dog-dog interactions will be pleasant. If your dog is rowdy and untrained, you can ruin the walk of someone who does not feel comfortable in the middle of a wild game between two dogs, even if both dogs are on leash.
* Ditto for multiple dogs off leash being permitted to rush up to a person and dog who is on a leash. Yelling out, “It’s okay, they’re friendly!” does not make it okay.
For additional skills to work on when walking your dog, one trainer mentioned the importance of teaching attention skills so that your dog will pay attention to you in the presence of distractions.
Finally, one instructor commented on the importance of practicing CGC skills learned at home or in a class in real-world, community settings.