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The Proper Way to Walk a Westie

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Author: Richard Cussons


Every westie owner, or dog owner for that matter probably knows that exercise and daily walks are two important things that can help keep dogs stay healthy. Dogs that are active and naturally playful often get lots of exercise from playing or running around the house. However, it is not enough to fulfill a dog's primal instinct to walk. It is important that a dog is taken out for daily walks to provide exercise at the same time prevent behavior problems such as chewing, barking, digging and others.

While walking a dog seems easy to do, one cannot just simply take the dog out and walk. Walking a westie, or any other breed in general, must be done in a proper way so as to prevent accident and other problems. In order to walk a dog properly, here are some tips:

- Rule of thumb: walk your dog and never allow your dog to walk you. Letting your dog walk in front of you will give him the signal that he is the leader of the pack and has big responsibilty as leader. This situation can be stressful to a dog and may later cause behavior problems. When walking, position your dog either behind or beside you to indicate that you are the one in charge. Keep in mind that you are the leader of the pack so you must go first.

- When getting ready to walk, call the dog to you and let him sit calmly before putting on the collar or lead. Take him to the front door and let him sit quietly. Do not allow him to run off. If it does happen, go back inside and let him calm down. This must be done so that your dog will understand that you are the leader so you are the one deciding when it's time to leave.

- While walking and the dog starts to pull, gets too excited or not staying behind or beside you, snap the lead to the side or stop and make your westie sit.

- It is expected that the dog will sniff the ground and try to mark the territory. If it's ok with you, then let him do his thing. If not then continue walking. Remember, you are the leader!

- Barking dogs, unfamiliar faces and vehicles may draw your dog's attention and distract the walk. If this happens, keep moving forward or tug the lead. If the dog starts to pull, stop walking and make him sit. Resume walking when he has calm down.


About the author: Richard Cussons loves pets especially dogs. Westiesavvy.com is for lovers of westie dog breed to help them become successful in west highland white terrier training.


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