Solutions to Common Pet Problems
Problem: Your Dog Pulls His Leash
Why it happens: A dog is a bundle of curiosity with a wet nose attached. He’s outside and he wants to see and sniff everything all at once.
What to do: To manage a pup who’s a puller, try a front-clip harness or a head halter. Better yet, train the dog to walk properly. “A big part of my leash-walking strategy is to be more interesting than the environment,” says Millman. “Get excited when your dog looks at you; do quick, gentle changes in direction; and talk to him a lot to keep his interest.
Problem: Your Dog Takes Too Long to Go
Why it happens: “Your dog probably knows that all the fun ends―she goes inside and is alone―when she does her business,” says Millman.
What to do: “Teach her that she needs to go before the walk starts,” says Millman. Take her to a specific location and use a command, such as “Go potty.” Wait a few minutes. If she goes on cue, give her praise and a treat; if not, bring her inside and try again in 10 minutes. Once your dog responds to the potty command, take her for a walk. This training requires time and patience. You may have to wake up earlier for a few weeks to get her into the habit.