Petlife with Laura Hudson

Fall 2021

Hey, Airdrie junior dog walkers: we see you walking with your puppies and rescues, helping your parents and being responsible. It’s refreshing to see such good handlers in the making. Here are some tips!

Your parents are smart to not send you out alone with your dog if they have high drive, reactivity or physically outpower you. This sets you both up to fail. Use a well-fitted front-clip harness and head-halter combo (even a muzzle) and desensitize your dog so they like wearing it. Encourage your family to invest in a trainer with positive, choice-based methods and together be a part of creating solutions to walk safely. When leash walking locally, even the most experienced dog handlers find themselves in challenging predicaments at the best of times, so be prepared!

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