Touted as man’s best friend, dogs have long been side by side with humans already aiding them in everything in accordance to world’s ancestors’ original ill for domesticating wolves and wild dogs. As time passed and different breeds were created, dogs perfectly intertwined with the human race’s culture and in no time earned the title of companion and best friend.
Dogs are everywhere now from police stations to shows and, as the social media landscape expands, dog videos are also now posted everywhere on Facebook, Twitter, and pretty much anywhere.
Nowadays, dog serve various causes such as for the field of security, mental therapy, or just for the love of it. Fluffy, Shaggy, Cuddly, Athletic, Short, Tall, you name it; there is a dog to complement each person and your English bulldog is a relative of the American Bulldog. English Bulldogs are known to be very great guard dogs due to their intimidating facial features, broad shoulders, and overall buff physique.
With the changing times caused by the emergence of the social media affecting basically anything in this world, dogs are not spared, in a good way though as the social media has raised awareness for various dog-related causes.
For example, recently the social media world clamored to raise awareness for leaving dogs alone inside cars since, according to research, this can be really bad for your dog as the temperature can aggravate its health both physically and mentally. This and many more advocacies have been circling the world now to informing people and keep man’s best friends comfortable.
With that said, it is a known fact that dogs can be sensitive too and the smallest things could and should matter; small things like teaching your British Bulldog puppy how to walk on a leash. Teaching your puppy how to walk on a leash is a crucial step to instill good discipline with the dog while it is young while the skill itself can be really for taking out your dog as some establishments would require you to use a leash.
Start with the Collar and the Leash
Introduce your puppy to his, her first collar and make sure that it is a comfortable one. Having a comfortable collar is a crucial step in teaching your puppy how to walk on a leash as anything that would discomfort your dog could be a setback. With how the neck skin of British Bulldogs is, this can be quite tricky.
Look for any signs of discomfort through your dog’s body language and overall attitude, also, it would be best to consult bulldog experts as to what collar to use.
The same principle of comfort would be needed when finding a leash also. Make sure that your leash could be carried well by the dog comfortably and without having him/her exert much effort. Fortunately, if the British Bulldog’s bulky skin could work against you when picking a collar, their large and strong physique could really work well in finding a leash since you would not bother looking for the lightest one you could find (although you may want to find a strong one).
Once you have a good comfortable collar and leash for your puppy and he/she has settled with it on its neck already, you may now to dive in to the more direct parts of teaching your dog how to leash.
Your First Steps
Teaching your dog how to walk on a leash could take some time, maybe a few months even. The first few walks are very crucial since your dog’s curiosity would be off the charts and he/she will tend to wander around. Keep your walk sessions fun to instill a good image inside him/her that you are fun to be with outside.
You would want your leash to be loose and not stretched since a stretched one would means one of you is either pulling too much. Remember how you potty trained your dog? Well, the good old praises and rewarding tricks could come in handy also so make sure to give your boy/girl a treat if he/she is walking on a loose leash.
Handling the Attitude
Somewhere along the way you would be encountering a certain problem that most owners did also, especially for British Bulldogs. Due to the British Bulldogs having quite a temper, they could refuse to walk at times. This is perfectly normal for their breed so do not feel down about it because you can actually do something.
Spark the excitement back in your dog, play games on your backyard and take him to new places that may ignite the curiosity in him/her again. Play fetch or practice your calls in your house and give him treats to ensure that he/she remembers that walking would give him/her a quick snack.
As time progresses and as your puppy grows to be a disciplined dog who would always be beside you, you could start letting go of the leash when walking out. Make sure to regularly walk out with your dog, run if you may and spice things up sometimes like racing with your dog if you can. British Bulldogs do have quite the attitude but if you constantly pay attention to regularly walking your dog and making sure it is fun for him/her, it would not be much of a problem.
As mentioned, learning how to walk on a leash is a handy skill for your dog but the walking part is something that you would want to focus on after. Due to their size and weight, British Bulldogs have a high tendency for arthritis and in order to prevent that, you must keep your dog healthy and always in good waling condition. Never overwork your dog and of course, head to the vet regularly.