I often see people walking along with their dogs looking like they can't wait to get off their end of the leash, then wondering why their dog's focus is on everything else but them.
From the dog's point of view, mom or dad seems bored and uninterested so what else is out there? Other dogs, people, kids, bikes... and the list goes on and on.
How do you, as an owner, compete with all of that? Well, ask yourself this, what makes it worth it for your dog to pay attention to you?
Here are a few ideas that can help make those walks more fun for you and your dog.
Instead of the same route every day, go a different way and see what new discoveries are to be found.
Switch up your pace during your walk. Try different speeds and maybe even add a cue to each speed, such as, quick or slow.
Ask your dog for different behaviors on your walk. Keep your pup on his toes by surprising him with different commands.
Bump up your energy! Make the walk fun for your dog. If you seem bored your dog will inevitably find something else more exciting to focus on.
Look at every walk as a training opportunity, a chance to work on your dog’s behaviors in a different setting. If your dog is getting slow at offering a down, then start asking for that during your walks. Sneak some treats into your pocket and offer him one when he offers you his fastest down. Find new ways to keep your walks fun, positive and productive! Your dog will definitely start thinking about what you're about to do next and less about his next marking spot.