“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
- John Steinbeck
It’s true. Humans are nuts. Goodness knows what our dogs must think of us when we use the most complicated gizmos and gadgets just to achieve some of the simplest tasks with our dog!
The first thing to do is make sure all the equipment and accessories you use are appropriate for your dog. From dog walking equipment to other gadgets and gizmos, you need to make sure you’re not making things worse by using products designed by using negative reinforcement. A mantra we will keep using is that you need to work with your dog, and not against them. You’ll get fed up of reading it, but it’s a very important part of getting it right.
On a basic level, but the leads, collars and harnesses you use on a day to day basis are vital to make your dog feel comfortable and secure. They should not bind or truss up your dog, they are there to keep your dog under control and secure – they should never distress them or worry them in any way. Inappropriate leads, collars or other accessories will make trying to give your dog a nice relaxing walk a complete nightmare. Some ‘training aids’ can cause serious damage to you, your dog and others around you, so be careful.
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