Each province, Autonomous Community or city has its own rules and laws regarding walking a dog without a leash. In general, it is recommended to always carry it with its respective safety belt. Both for the animal’s own good and to avoid any type of accident in high traffic areas. Remember in some areas the amount corresponding to the fine for wearing it loose is quite high: between 75 and 500 Euros, in addition to implying a minor offense. Also for the safety of passersby, in cases where the animal is not able to follow orders.
It is important to note that the main motivation for not placing this accessory is offer a small space of freedom to the dog, that runs without ties of any kind. Some cities have expanded spaces where, after certain hours, these pets can go loose.
In Madrid and Barcelona, for example, there are parks where after eight o’clock in the afternoon, in certain authorized areas they allow pets to be kept loose without a leash. The same is understood in an open field, since it is considered a space where there is usually no human traffic and the dog can also be released to enjoy some freedom.
Basic commands that a dog must obey to walk freely
They are simple instructions, but that the dog must be able to follow to the letter. Before releasing it, you must be sure that the animal will answer the call at the first command. It requires confidence and specific training, where the canine is tested in typical situations and responds appropriately
Some of the basic rules are: go to the owner when called by name, sit, stop or get up, among others. Commands must be words or short phrases, easy for them to understand. Before going for a walk, make sure that you have the instructions well assimilated. If not, there are risks of flight, that he becomes nervous around strangers or other pets and even that he becomes aggressive.
How to Walk a Dog Off Leash
When a dog obeys all the commands when walking on a leash, he is able to walk without it.. The first thing, after having passed the training, is to put it to the test. Walk the dog without a leash next to its owner, give it a spoken instruction, accompanied by a gesture so that the animal can associate it with the order and wait for a positive result.
During the first untethered tours, it must be called constantly so that the animal gets used to coming every time it is required. This test includes calls when the owner is out of the canid’s field of vision. A good idea is to play hide and seek, following the owner’s voice and smells as the only clues. Pet him and celebrate every good deed to stimulate positive reinforcement.
The pet should know that, during walks, it is walking at the pace indicated by the ‘leader’ of the pack. That is, the owner. The dog cannot be allowed anywhere to dictate the speed of advance, nor should it decide the route.
Tips for a dog to always come to a call
Although the dog cannot be allowed to ‘impose conditions’ and do what he likes best, they need moments to explore and examine the space where they are freely. Always under surveillance. Sniffing everything around you is vital. It can even make a difference if they get lost, as recognizing scents makes it easier for them to get home.
You should never stop training a dog. It is a constant practice of routines that you must implement on a daily basis. A classic game, which serves to keep obedience active, is to call him and immediately run in the opposite direction. Instinct will tell the dog that it has to hurry to catch up with its owner. And once he does, you have to reward him.
Another of the most important recommendations is that do not call the animal just to go home. If the pet associates its name with the end of the walks, it can lead to rebellious behavior by refusing to let the fun end.
The dog should never be called in an angry tone. Dogs must always interpret that obeying is pleasant, not punishment. And finally, during training sessions you should not repeat the same order indefinitely. If you ignore the first, then you should practice another day until you achieve the goal.
Training does not have to be a bad experience, neither for the dog nor for the owner. After a while, the animal will tire – physically and mentally – so overextending itself will be counterproductive. Around 15 minutes of practice, two or three times a day, is more than enough. Do not forget that patience is an essential factor for you to learn to walk your dog without a leash.
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