Dogs have boundless energy with the desire to explore the world that they are living in. Dogs get excited when you walk them outside; dogs can even get out of control when they are on the outside of your house. That’s why I will share some tips that will help you keep your dog under control when you take him for a walk or in the park.
Teaching your Dog to Stop Barking Outside
When walking your dog outside, you need to communicate with your dog that walking with you is a privilege and acting out of control is not acceptable. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog under control. First, educate your dog a command that will keep him/her to behave. If you are walking outside with your dog and he/she tends to bark at people or other animals the solution is to do the “quiet” command.
Educate your dog a command that will keep him/her to behave
You can teach your dog with this technique by telling your dog to be quiet, with your usual speaking tone and keeping eye contact. You may need to keep repeating this method until your dog understands what it means, and stops barking. You can surprise your dog with some sweets when he/she follows it. Second, use a toy as a distraction. You can make your dog stop barking by using a distraction technique, like giving your dog his/her favorite toy. Ensure that when you go for a walk, you bring with you his/her favorite toy as you can use it as a distraction when your dog is barking at a person or other pet.
Ensure that when you go for a walk, you bring with you his/her favorite toy as you can use it as a distraction
Thirdly, you can also create a fence on your outdoor space. So, that you can let your dog go off leash, however, make sure that your wall is a bit high, enough to block your dog’s view to prevent him/her from seeing anyone passing by. Lastly, avoid very crowded areas. If you observe that your dog tends to misbehave in big crowds, you must stay away from this places. Although it is significant to socialize your dog with other people and animals, you can always limit this kind of interaction. You can also try to experiment; bring your dog to a less crowded place first and observe how he/she behaves. If he/she acts accordingly, then you can take him/her to an area that is crowded and observe his/her behavior.
You can also create a fence on your outdoor space so that your dog under your control
Teaching your Dog Commands
Teaching your dog commands that will make him behave is a challenging task. It takes time, dedication, and a lot of patience. Training your dog this command will also consume most of your time, but it is also a better opportunity for you to create a bond with him/her. These are the commands that will help you keep your dog under control.
First, you need to observe if your dog tends to jump on people when you walk him/her outside or in the park; if he/she does then tell him/her to get down, make sure you sound tough enough to make him/her follow you to avoid jumping on other people. You can also inform the people ahead that your dog tends to get excited in a crowd, so they stay calm and turn their back away from the dog. Tug the leash of your dog lightly when he/she finally settles down, and you may reward him/her with treats for following your command.
Tug the leash of your dog lightly when he/she behave well, and you may reward him/her with treats
A necessary management that can also make your dog calm is the sit and stay technique. You can teach this method inside your home and can practice it outside when you go for a walk. To show this approach, you must hold a treat so that your dog will participate. Tell him/her to sit, if he will not follow, try to tap his/her butt and then tap the floor or ground so that your dog can understand what you mean by sit. When he/she follows your command, you can give him/her a treat for a reward and praise him/her by saying a GOOD JOB! After teaching the sit command, you can now proceed to the stay command. Same as the sit command, hold a treat and say stay. When your dog sits and waits for 10 to 20 seconds, you can give him/her the gift for doing a good job.
You can teach your dog "the sit and stay" technique to control him/her outside
There is also a command that will make your dog go to the place that you want him/her to be. The approach is “go to place.” Place a mat on the floor that you want your dog to be at. Hold a treat and say Go and point to the carpet, once he/she goes to the mat, tell him/her to Sit and Stay. If your dog follows this commands, then you can give him/her a treat as a reward. Another strategy is the “come.” Whenever your dog is chasing something outside, and you want him to behave and come to you. All you need to do is to say “come.” But during the first time that you will use this command, you need to lure your dog with a treat.
To make your dog behave when he/she is outside of your home. You need to practice the commands mention above. It will require a lot of time, patience, dedication, and energy but when your dog starts to follow the techniques, all efforts will all be paid off. Try training your dog today and you will be surprised as to how easy it is to keep your dog under control.