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Training tips for dogs that are learning to walk safely in urban areas

January 19
17:08 2023

Dogs are not naturally born with the ability to be alert and aware of traffic, so it can be very dangerous to walk your dog on streets that have traffic.  Your pup can quickly encounter danger that can impact both your dog and you.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 100,000 dogs are seriously injured or killed by traffic accidents each year while crossing the road.

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For those dogs that are hit by cars, the most common injuries are bruises and broken bones.  The most serious accidents can lead to internal bleeding or even death.  Most of the surviving dogs are left with ongoing and painful injuries that cost a fortune to treat.  Nobody wants to go through that kind of tragedy, and as pet owners, it is our responsibility to properly train our dogs to have some traffic awareness to keep your pup from running out into a dangerous street.

Teach your dog to recognize “safe zones” and “danger zones”.

1. Teach your dog to know that he is only allowed to play in safe areas, and not around the road.

For example, in the yard and on the sidewalk, give some basic instructions such as “sit down” and “stand up” in these places, and give rewards when your dog completes them correctly.

2. Show your dog the danger zones.  Make sure your dog is comfortable and not anxious or fearful by taking him to the roadside and asking him to “sit”.  Once your dog gets used to being near the road, with all the noise that can be there, teach your pup how to properly walk across the road with your guidance.  Always making sure you keep your dog on a short leash, and right beside you.  Your pup’s calm walking habits, and adherence to your “sit, stay and come” commands should always be rewarded with good praise and maybe even a special treat.

3. Try and add some distractions during your training.  You may want to throw a treat or too out as a distraction but focus on making sure your dog is rewarded for staying calm and still during these drills.

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safety equipment

During your repeated practice, the dog may sometimes want to rush to the road or drag you away.  Your dog must learn that these types of actions are not acceptable and that either you or your dog can be hurt if it is allowed.  If your dog pulls, – your shoulders and arms can be subjected to pulling force that is several times the weight of the dog.  It can be enough to quickly make you exhausted.  Using the AutoBrake Leash can be useful and has been shown to reduce the pulling force of the dog on your body by up to 70%.  Once the dog starts to pull on the leash, the AutoBrake Leash will automatically lock up and prevent the leash from reeling out uncontrolled.  (This AutoBrake feature happens automatically and without the use of the button.)  When it is safe to cross the road, give your dog the signal to proceed with you, keeping him on a close and locked leash, and making sure he is close by your side as he follows your steps across the road.  Don’t forget to always be alert to any traffic.

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Always Pay Attention to your Dog

Don’t take your attention away from your dog, as danger can always happen unexpectantly.  Even well-trained dogs have some “off days”.  Dogs can be startled and frightened at any time and could rush into the road.  Just to be safe, you should always use your AutoBrake Leash to restrain your dog on your walks together.

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Just like our need for a seat belt when driving a car, our dogs need a seat belt-like leash for safe walks by the road.  The AutoBrake Leash is like having an “emergency brake” for dogs with bad pulling behavior.  With the AutoBrake Leash, you and your dog can be able to enjoy your urban walks near the streets much more safely.

Happy Walks!

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