Signal "Weiter" für mehr Orientierung vom Hund beim Spaziergang

Signal "Next" for more orientation of the dog when walking


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As humans, we want the dog to orient itself to us when on the leash. However, we do not achieve orientation on the leash when we fill the dog with food. Dogs without tasks look for their own tasks when they go for a walk: they sniff, they eat leftover food from the ground, they dig, etc. This creates difficulties in guiding the leash on the one hand and dangers from poisoned baits on the other. 

Halting leash handling

A good leash guidance does not only mean that the leash always has to sag. A dog that is on a leash perceives its environment while keeping its human in mind. An orientation takes place and the attention is directed towards the human being. So if there is an orientation, communication can take place. Your dog is responsive. It makes sense to use different rituals to teach the dog when to look to you and when to have “free time” where the dog can pursue its hobbies. With the help of structure and communication, you will no longer have to stop at every corner and every 20 cm for your dog to carefully inspect the neighbor's dog markings.     

poison bait danger

Every dog person knows the fear of poisoned baits on the walking route. There are always poison bait warnings via social media or APPs. @petsdeli had appealed to the German Federal Ministry of Justice with their campaign #meintierist Keinsache that perpetrators of poisoned baits should be subject to harsher penalties. here is the link to the petition. 

Poison baits are avoidable treats for the dog, such as meat that has either razor blades on it or actual poison on it. Even dead pigeons, rabbits or hares are used very perfidiously to act as poison bait. They can appear anywhere: in parks, forests, on dog exercise areas, etc. Not only dogs are the target of poisoned baits, but also for wild boar or foxes or other animals. There are some apps with a poison bait radar especially for dog people. 

What to do if you suspect poison bait danger?

If you suspect poisoned bait while walking your dog, it is important that you inform the police and secure the poisoned bait so that no other animal can get to it. 

✔ Bag poison bait (e.g. with the excrement bag)
✔ Present the find to the police and file a criminal complaint so that something changes in the long term (because it is a criminal offense or
offense, the police must react)
✔ Report poison bait danger (e.g. via APP or social media)

    If your dog has eaten an avoidable poison bait, you should contact a veterinarian immediately if you suspect it, so that no time is wasted. 

    Typical symptoms

    • Vomit, 
    • severe (bloody) diarrhea, 
    • blood in the throat or vomit, 
    • signs of paralysis,
    • Cramps, 
    • saliva, 
    • Tremble, 
    • circulatory problems.

      Better orientation

      Next signal

      If your dog is in close proximity to you, a simple signal can help keep them oriented to you. The "continue" is a very useful signal in everyday life and can be used in many different situations, e.g. e.g.:

      • When the dog dawdles or sniffs.
      • After a pause to signal the dog to continue.
      • If the dog sniffs feces, leftover food, dirt or other unpleasant things.
      • Just before rolling.
      • When the dog spies or fixes on something.
      • In encounters where the dog should go further.

      The dog is signaled with "Continue" that he should keep walking, no matter what he is doing. It is therefore an abort signal. 

      • Begin the training of "next" with a stimulus
      • You can artificially create the distracting stimulus by placing a stuffed food toy on the floor.
      • Lead your dog past it at a sufficient distance from the stimulus.
      • As soon as your dog pays attention to the stimulus, give the signal "Continue" and motivate the dog to continue walking.
      • You can change your dynamic to motivate by increasing your dynamic (e.g. high pitched voice and jogging all the way), clapping your hands or enticing.
      • If you can't get the dog to turn away from the stimulus, the distance was too close. Split the situation by putting yourself between your dog and the stimulus. Use the leash very lightly to give the dog a push away from the stimulus.
      • Your dog will be marked for moving on (marker word) and reinforced with praise or treats.
      • Gradually reduce the distance and add different stimuli. You can place the stimuli over a longer distance to increase the level of difficulty.
      • Perform the same procedure outside in a low-stimulus environment.

      Practice walking past the course a few times and keep changing the stimuli. If going on with "Next" works well, you can now integrate "Next" more and more into your everyday life


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