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  1. I thought all dog owners had problems walking their dogs! 🙂  My dog is good when on the lead but when she’s off the lead she doesn’t want to know me at all.

     This book sounds amazing, the tips that you have mentioned make me think of my dog in a different light and how I have to tune into her needs better and play with her more. I am looking forward to some stress free walks. Thanks!

    • Hi Hollie – I think a lot of owners have problems walking their dog although if your dog walks well on the lead you’re  well ahead of the pack (so to speak)! 🙂

      On lead, the dog knows they can’t get away and is more likely to behave. Off lead s a diffrent matter. There are soooo many distractions that they have to WANT to stay close by you. And you can only do that effectively if you are the most interesting thing in their life.

      The good news is that playing with your dog is really fun! I watched a friend’s 4-year old play with their new puppy recently and they two of them had a great time. They play together  a lot and the puppy is more attached to the child than his ‘owners’. I’m waiting to see how that turns out 🙂

      Ian

  2. My family has had a dog since I can remember. While we’ve invested in training for all of them, they’ve all tended to vary in their level of obedience when off-leash. In my latest adventure, my brother and I quite unexpectedly adopted a one-year-old Husky. He was very much untrained when we got him, full of energy and super strong. It took a lot of work to get him to walk on a leash under even the slightest semblance of control. But, with patience and persistence, he morphed into an amazingly sweet (although still exceedingly energetic) companion. 

    • Hi Tucker – that’s a story! Well done!

      I like the part about you unexpectedly adopting a Husky. It’s like you went out for an ice cream and ‘unexpectedly’ came back with a dog! 🙂 I’m sure there’s a story there, too!

      Some people go through their entire dog-owning life never being able to train theiur dog to walk well on the lead – or behave well off it. As you say, it can be done with payience and persistence but I think the ‘engagement’ menthod advocated in this book is an interesting alternative. My training was a bit of both as I always engaged and played with my dogs although not with the intent the book ascribes.

      I know several dog owners who rarely play with their dogs. They feed them, walk them, take care of them but have minimal engagemnt which seems really strange to me, and I can’t imagine that either dog or owner get much out of the relationship.

      Ian

  3. This book sounds really lovely, and a great read for someone like me, or probably anyone else in my family. We are dog lovers!

    With my dog, Misty, we often create challenges for her so that she can have a treat. Often these challenges are, heel while we walk next to that muddy puddle! It’s great because then she has had a challenge, not going in the muddy puddle (which is definitely a challenge for her, it seems!) and she is also learning and getting rewarded for it. 

    This book seems like it goes through this process, with many other things too!

    • Hi Joe – it sounds like you’re doing a lot of what Dom suggests in the book! 🙂

      I love Misty’s puddle challenge. In Murphy‘s case he’d run through the puddle then expect a treat afterwards! 🙂

      If you can keep your dog engaged and interested in you (and/or your treats!) you’re half way there!

      Enjoy your walks,
      Ian

  4. Hi.  The picture of the two people walking 9 well behaved dogs caught my attention.  As it is, I wouldn’t try to walk my two dogs together.   I need to make time to read this book.  After I read the post, I realized that I do not actually play with Francesco my six pound dog very often.   More often, I spend my time holding him, brushing him and carrying him around.     Yet, when we do play – he has a great time running around.      Now my other dog, is a Great Pyrenees.  Her purpose in life is to be a working dog.   I don’t really play with her either.   Her treat is getting belly rubs and pats on the head.    

    Thanks for the recommendation on the book, as I would like to start taking Fransceo on more walks.   

    • Hi Sondar – Francesco may be small but I bet he can stir up trouble! 🙂 Even if you don’t play with him much, you still seem to have a high level of engagement which is great.

      The book suggests ways  to engage with your dog so they think you are the most interesting person in the world, not just the one who feeds tham and takes them for walks 🙂 This involves ‘playing’; but also setting them challenges – whcih they will enjoy because dogs have brains and they need to be worked as well as their bodies.You could easily set challenges for both your dogs. It’s a shame you don’t like walking them together.

      If you get the book and try some of the exercises, I’d be really interested to hear how you get on.

      Ian

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