Having an animal companion without leashing while on the outdoors is the reason to have a dog.
Having a dog off a leash while having that practice be reliable goes a long way into transforming an untrained anxiety-ridden pup into a pooch one can trust in outdoor adventuring. You might’ve noticed this is a progression from the last published article in this blog. Enjoy!
The caveat is dealing with having a dog off a leash while doing outdoor adventuring. Either to camp out, or when strolling through nature, in places where it’s allowed by law is what we’re talking about. Basically, it’s basically legal in uncrowded places. If there’s traffic, just in case, use a leash.
For city dwellers, the best place to start off-leash training would be a park. Bonus points if there are hiking trails on it. To be safe, it’s best to use the least visited part of the park. Also, try to use either late in the day, closer to dusk. Either that, or early in the first hour of morning light (this also comes with added health benefits for you in terms of circadian rhythm adjustments & better D vitamin production).
An ideal trail to start training on would also be on a narrow crest. That would limit the possibility of the pup going off the path. Still, while on training, it’s suggested for the pup to be for a brief period off its leash. Also, do so when the pooch is paying attention (it better relates action to expected behavior).
The focus of this exercise is to train. It’s not about a time to let the dog go about in an unstructured way. As with most any pooch training, you’d want to choose the outdoor surrounding most available that’ll limit distractions.
Have the sessions be short. Keep them affirmative. That’s something that would tend to keep your pooch look forward to the activity. As with past articles, it’s recommended for an older, already-trained dog to be present. The power of correct modeling is the top behavioral way of learning (“doggy see, doggy do”).
The mains trait to consider when pondering said adult dog are pretty basic. The older pooch should be able to come when called. It wouldn’t stray far from human companions. Rover would also not show stress but rather be welcoming of other creatures it doesn’t identify as part of its pack, be it of the human or animal kind.