For our dogs, a walk is much more than just an opportunity to run out into the fresh air and pee on the nearest post. It's a time when they stretch their paws and their whole body, exercise their natural instincts and senses, and last but not least, it's time spent together with us. When we go out, we form a team and move around the space together. We can improve this joint activity even more - with simple games that support physical skills, obedience or recall, occupy the dog's head and entertain us together.
You don't have to invent any complicated operations. Just start with a simple search. Take it for a walk treats that your dog adores and that smell good to him. Let him sit on the grass and then hide the treat . It is ideal to use plants. Remember that even dogs orient themselves by sight. Therefore, it is better to hide the treat so that the dog can use it when searching for the muzzle. Then give the dog a release command (e.g. search ).
UP, DOWN, THERE AND BACK
Play it dog parkour . Use the terrain and let the dog jump on a bench or low walls, jump over tree stumps or even go around trees. Canine athletes who have tried agility will have a faster start. But you can easily teach individual tasks even to dogs without previous experience. Reward with treats or a toy and don't forget to make sure the dog jumps on the walls only on command so he doesn't hurt himself.
If you are walking in the company of another biped, you can together strengthen summon command . You will need treats (or whatever else is the biggest reward for your dog). Step forward and call out the summon command. When the dog comes running, reward him properly. In the course of rewarding the treat, you can, for example, grab him by the collar or harness so that the dog gets used to the fact that this movement is okay and does not run away. As soon as you finish rewarding, another person calls the dog and calls him over. This way you can take turns even in larger numbers. The basis is a good reward and enthusiasm. You can also add running away from the dog. However, do not train in a challenging environment. Start in a garden or a quiet park, for example.
HERE I AM!
You can also strengthen it with a simple game dog attention When the dog has sniffed or is not paying attention to you, call his name and throw him a treat. You can also add a command like take or catch Again, start in a simple environment. And finally, you can use the game when you need to get the dog's attention.
For a walk, you can also use commands that you know from the trainer or from the exerciser. For example, practice the command stay or without several times in a row. Let the dog train in a place he is not used to. For example, on an outdoor table, where he will have to sit down, lie down, or practice handling that is suitable for a veterinary surgery. Always start from the simplest commands and circumstances to the complex ones and don't forget: praise, reward and enjoy the time spent together.