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Taking your dog along everywhere you go is the ultimate dream for both the dog and the owner. They get to see different places and have new experiences. However, you are scared of taking them to public places because you aren’t sure of how they might behave in such a scenario. Don’t worry because you are not the only one to think of this. When dogs are in an environment that’s full of people, they either get overexcited or they get extremely scared. Regardless of what they might be undergoing at that moment, it will become extremely hard to contain and control them. Here are 5 tips you can use to make your dog the perfect outdoor companion.
- Avoid using a retractable leash
A retractable leash is good when you are taking your dog to the park or an open area where there aren’t many people or dogs for them to interact with. However, when you are in compact public spaces, you have to keep your dog nearby. A retractable leash gives them the opportunity to run away from you which can lead to complete chaos.
- Burn off their excess energy
The reason why dogs are extremely excited when they go to a new place is because of the abundance of energy they have. In order for your dog to remain calm in public areas, take them out for a walk or indulge in activities that will drain them of their excess energy. Also, allow them to answer nature’s call before you take them to a public area. This way, they will stick close to you and they won’t dirty the surroundings.
- Maintain distance
One of the main things to keep in mind is that not everyone loves dogs as there are people who are terrified of dogs. Also, there are other canines that don’t enjoy the presence of other canines. The best practice is to maintain a minimum distance from all possible distractions.
- Start small
In order to make your dog comfortable in dealing with large crowds, you can start off by getting them used to smaller crowds. The fewer distractions they have, the easier it will be for them to get adjusted to dealing with people on a regular basis.
- Teach them commands such as ‘stay’ and ‘no’
It’s easy for your dog to get distracted when they are in a public space. Commands like ‘stay’ and ‘no’ are important as they help you in controlling your dog and its an easy way to get them to focus on you rather than the surroundings.
Following these simple tips will make it easier and faster for your four-legged friend to become comfortable with being an outdoor dog.