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Canine Behavior: Train Your Dog to Walk the Right Way

Mind and Body Connection with Exercise for your Dog.Movement is a key solution for a variety of canine behavior issues. It is often not the only solution, but it plays a big part. Movement satisfies their instinctual need to be walked, which benefits them on many physical and emotional levels.

Dogs walk, that’s what they do – so it may seem trivial to many dog owners that there is a right and wrong way. However, walking the right way  means a lot to your dog, and Canine Behaviorists and Trainers often use it in their treatment plan.

The Wrong Way Dog Walk
Dogs are not like humans, they have their own unique needs, and the instinct to move daily at a forward continuous speed, for at least 45 minutes (for many breeds) or more each day, is integral to their core well-being. For many dog owners, walking the dog means a leisurely stroll around the block sniffing, peeing and greeting neighbors. While it is evident that the dog is happy to be outside it isn’t purposeful enough to help correct behavior challenges or intense enough to elevate the heart rate.

Canine Behaviorists agree, dogs that are taken for walks are better behaved, less destructive, obsessive and have fewer separation/dominance issues. The problem and fear for many is that to help their dog overcome behavior issues they must risk public confrontation. This is where a dog treadmill can help. Walking your dog the right way in a controlled environment can greatly increase your chance of success if used before taking them outside, especially if the dog treadmill is already designed to work harmoniously with nature’s instincts.

The Right Way Dog Walk
Your dog should walk beside you in a heel postition, not in front of you. Your dog is looking for your lead.

DogTread Dog Treadmills were inspired by the need for an unconventional dog treadmill that was designed through the eyes of a dog, rather than people, to satisfy their primal need to be walked the right way.

DogTread helps reinforce positive position in a controlled environment – with lower sides and an integrated console – you can position yourself either beside, or in front of your dog without a barrier to inhibit communication. This makes it easier for your dog to focus on you for cues. As well, the unique treat training bowl provides positive reinforcement that helps trigger the migratory drive to hunt for food while on the move; and the noticeable absence of a leash binding mechanism invites dog owners to take a more active role in their dog’s health and behavior regimen.

Connecting your dog’s brain to continuous movement can help establish the highest level of fitness and behavior for your dog.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NOT ALL BEHAVIOR CHALLENGES  ARE  EASILY SOLVED WITH JUST EXERCISE. SOME MAY REQUIRE OTHER TECHNIQUES AND A DIFFERENT PLAN. IF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR IS ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING OR AGGRESSIVE, PLEASE SEEK THE EXPERTISE OF A PROFESSIONAL.

If you need help in locating a professional – let us know? If you are considering a dog treadmill for your dog, or you are a Vet or Canine Rehabilitation practice and want additional information on this topic – please email us at info@dogtread.com, call us at 877.563.5151 or visit our website www.dogtread.com.

 

About the Author: As a dedicated lifestyle athlete and co-inventor of the award winning DogTread® Dog Treadmill, K9FIT Vest™ and the StayBall® Balance Ball, Krista Wickens has a unique understanding of the mechanics of fitness for both the human and canine body. As a former fitness product manager, Krista created best-selling products used by the biggest names in Human Fitness for such iconic brands as Reebok, Gold’s Gym and NordicTrack. Her love for animals, particularly dogs started on a Montana Cattle Ranch where she was raised. She trained her first dog Bear at the age of 7. These experiences have led to the development of a unique line of canine fitness products that are designed from a dog’s perspective and take into account the unique aspects of canine behavior and anatomy. Krista is also the co-author and producer of Treading for Dogs DVD and 30-day Dog Treadmill Training Program, please email info@dogtread.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

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