Puppy in orange harness training with his owner

Fun and Fitness: Harness Training Techniques for Walking and Jogging

Walking or running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in good shape. Also, having a running companion can be an important source of motivation. In this blog, you will learn how to train your dog for walking and jogging.

              

Getting Started

Before taking your furry companion out, be sure that you find a dog training harness that fits your dog appropriately. A proper training harness for dogs should be snug but not tight. It should allow you to place two fingers between the harness and your dog.
 
Get a leash that is at least 5-6 feet and hooks onto the dog training harness properly. Bring along some tasty and healthy treats to reward good walking habits. Try to reward your dog quickly so he attributes good behavior to the treat.

 

The puppy is walking in a blue harness

 

Walk Before You Run With Your Dog

Your dog should learn loose-leash walking before you start training them to for running. It’s dangerous for dogs to pull on the leash at faster speeds. Keeping your furry companion on one side of you will be essential when you start jogging together. If they runs in front of you or move between and around your legs, they can tangle your legs in the leash. Start training at a walking pace and use positive reinforcement techniques.

           

Speed Cues

Now that your dog is politely walking at your side, it’s time to speed things up. When you’re out for a walk, teach your dog speed cues.
  • Teach ‘Lets’ go’: It tells your dog it’s time for a walk.
  • Teach ‘Get running’ or ‘move it’: It tells your dog it’s time to pick up the pace.
  • Teach ‘Whoa’: It tells your dog to slow down.

 

How To Train Your Dog To Walk On A Leash

Leash training can be difficult for dogs, but it's essential especially if the two of you are to enjoy walks and adventures together. When your dog is on a leash, you need to be patient until your furry pal is calm.

So how do you get your dog to walk well on a leash? Here’s how!

  • Begin with a lightweight leash: The very first thing is that you must have the right equipment. Choose the right type of leash and harness for your dog.
  • Introduce your dog to the leash: Begin introducing your dog to the harness, collar, and leash. Make your dog come to you and reward him when he comes to you. Let your dog drag the leash inside your home. If the leash seems disturbing after some time, take it off and start again another day. Offer treats and praise as your fur baby gets used to coming to you.
  • Teach 'heel' command: Heel command teaches your dog not to pull on a leash. It is great for times when you need to walk your dog in a controlled way. Learning heel cue is even more important for large or strong pups who naturally pull on the leash.

 

 

  • Practice inside: Choose a training spot with minimum distractions. First try to practice leash training your dog inside the house with little distractions.
  • Carry treats with you: Wherever you take your dog for a walk or jog, there will be distractions. Have a handful of tasty treats and let your dog know you have them. Use small, delicious, and easily chewable treats for your pup during the leash training process.
  • Take it outside: Once yourdog is comfortable inside, repeat this training in many different settings, and at many different places. There will be new challenges and excitement with this step. Any sounds, smells, and sights can distract your dog. Be patient and keep the leash training sessions short.
  • Train your dog to walk by your side: Your pup needs to learn to stay on one side of you, preferably on the handler’s left side. Keep your dog’s leash short enough that he cannot easily leave your side. Teach your dog to walk into the correct area by your side with treats.
  • Don't allow leash pulling: When your fur buddy is on a leash, don’t allow him to pull it. When your dog starts to pull, stand still and your furry pal will realize that what he is doing is not pleasing. Never be harsh with your dog. There are more positive ways to reinforce good behavior in dogs.
  • Keep sessions short:

Keep leash training sessions short, frequent, and don’t exhaust your dog. Always end training sessions on a positive note.

  • Watch your dog: Watch your dog for signs that they have had enough. These signs can be excessive panting or lagging behind you. Your dog may run to please you, even when it wants to stop.

                

 

Tips For A Safe Walk And Run

To make sure your dog is safe and enjoy going out with you, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Know your dog's stamina: As a dog owner, you are the best judge of your dog's stamina. You must know how far to walk it. Puppies generally have limited stamina, no matter what the dog breed is. Their stamina can gradually build up as they get older and stronger.
  • Use the right harness: Use Rabbitgoo dog training harness and keep your furry pal on a leash in public areas. Your dog should be trained to walk on a leash. Never use a choke chain, slip or shock collars on your dogs while walking.
  • Scoop the poop, Just in case! Always be prepared! Bring a plastic bag and scoop to clean up after your dog, just in case! This will keep public places and local waterways clean.
  • Avoid going out in extreme temperatures: Be aware of weather conditions. Extreme heat, humidity, and cold can affect your dog's health. Try to protect yourself and your pet from excessive heat and sunburn.
  • Bring plenty of water: No matter what the size and breed are, your dog might get dehydrated during a walk or run, particularly in warm weather. Always take fresh water with you and offer it to your dog regularly.
  • Stick to a routine: Dogs enjoy and thrive on a routine. You should stick to a consistent routine for running and walking. Your dog will be well-behaved and much calmer.

 

                      

Final Thoughts

Dogs enjoy exploring different sights and smells. A daily walk or run will make your dog happy and healthy.

If you don't provide enough physical exercise and mental stimulation, your dog can easily become bored or destructive. A well-behaved and trained dog will always be a great walking companionl and a pleasure to keep.

You should also try to wear something supportive and comfortable during the walk.

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