1. exercise and obedience training for the dog rolled into one (as per the trainer) making you the master and the dog your obedient servant (the jogger-with-dog falls into this category too) who goes where and as far as the person want to go;
We look at it this way…there will be times that our dog may find it necessary to pull. Sometimes, I'm glad that our B pulls me - sometimes in the opposite direction, because it's one of their ways of showing us what they want and if we read him right, it makes for a safe & fun filled walk with minimal corrections on behalf of human and dog. [this reduces leash rash and sore wrists!].
However, there are situations where having your dog obey all your commands is beneficial [ya riiight, with a B?], so daily training of your pup until it get's 'it' is key, as it's nice to have control of your dog when the need arises. We live in a very touristy part of Mississauga and it's not common to see over 3000+ people & countless dogs during our walks, so the need to have Kairoe slow down, watch me, sit | stay is essential because anyone with a B will know how much attention our dogs garner due to the streams of inquiring minds interested about the dog with a cinnamon bun, ice cream twirl TAIL!
2. treat for the dog to check her/his pee-mail, see what's going on in the neighborhood, and get some exercise while dog has fun, leading to sometimes short walks and sometimes long walks and sometimes no walks.
One thing we like to practice during our evening walks is a semi-loose lead. We start with a sit |stay exercise to let the dog understand that we're still in control of the walk. We begin the walk at a very slow pace, with dog leading until your arm slowly begins to swing upwards and with that free weight of your arm you slowly begin to draw your dog back in as the dog sets the pace. At this point, any correction to slow down is made by slowing the pace of our walking and not with our arm. We find that this is very important as we use it as common ground between us and Kairoe. Sometimes, taking the first 5 minutes of basic sit | stay goes a long way.
I've heard / read that we should never have the dog in front of us, but I do know that having a calm dog whilst walking at night and using the hound nose it was given makes out for a healthier dog and a sane mind as an owner. If Kairoe begins to pull to a point where he's doing that awkward broke back basenji pull, we stop walking and have him do a silent sit until he watches us. After this correction, all other corrections are made by only using the full weight of our arm and slowing the pace down until the dog responds to our arm gently reeling him in [minor or major tug corrections will not work] to a comfort level that works best. The ideal walk is with minimal verbal commands and when the dog begins to respond to the calming weight of your arm while looking back with his cute wrinkley face of "thanks for not pulling so hard…now hurry up, I have to lift in this spot!!"....B's I tell ya!