As an in-home dog trainer, I have odd hours. After all, I’m trying to fit into my clients’ busy schedules. My friends have heard me say I have to go home at an early hour because I work when most “normal” people are home from work.
Do you have to walk your dog in the wee hours to avoid other dogs? Or do you walk late at night so your dog won’t lunge at other dogs?
My dogs Maksim and I have the good fortune to walk at all times of the day and night. When we’re out very early, I can sense the disappointment of some other dog walkers in the neighborhood. They’re up early, deliberately trying to avoid encountering another dog and/or person, afraid their dog might get into a tussle. I feel bad because Mak and I have disrupted their normal routine. It’s terrible that they’ve gone to a lot of effort to attempt to have a pleasant walk with their dog alone.
Walking at 5:00 a.m. or late at night must be a huge hassle. And I admire those dog parents who make sacrifices to avoid distractions that upset their dog. But working with an in-home trainer can help them walk in their neighborhood at any time they want. You don’t have to be afraid that your dog will see a critter and run off. Or they will run into the street chasing the garbage man. Or maybe the neighbor’s dog that is NOT well trained.
A trainer can help the parent and dog to walk without being fearful. I love helping clients have well-mannered dogs that are focused on them rather than the distractions. And the clients love not being pulled down the street and not having their dog barking and lunging at “stranger danger.”
If you’re one of the folks I’ve described, please get some help walking your dog gently at your side a few steps behind. You’ll love him even more when he walks nicely with you in broad daylight!