Learn How to Walk Your Dog and Push a Stroller
Having the ability to go dog walking with a stroller can be an extremely useful skill; ask those with young children! Here's a step-by-step guide to help you train your dog to walk comfortably and calmly with a stroller:
How to Teach Your Dog to Walk With a Stroller
Teach the Heel Command
When helping any dog calm down and listen better, we start with the heel command. Most often, when there are issues walking a dog with a stroller, it is a fear based problem. By teaching your dog how to heel, you will be to calm them down by example.
Basic Obedience Commands
Ensure your dog has a solid foundation in basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "heel" before introducing the stroller. These commands will help you maintain control during walks.
- Before introducing the stroller, allow your dog to become accustomed to it while it's stationary.
- Place the stroller in a room and let your dog investigate it.
- Reward them with praise or even treats if needed for positive interactions.
Practice Without Movement
Walk your dog alongside the stroller without actually pushing it. Use the leash to guide your dog into a comfortable walking position next to the stroller. Reward calm behavior with treats and praise.
Introduce the Stroller Slowly
- Start with short sessions.
- Attach the leash to your dog and heel them as you push the stroller around your driveway or a quiet area.
- Keep the pace slow and allow your dog to adjust to the presence and movement of the stroller.
Once your dog is comfortable with the stroller's presence, begin moving the stroller slowly while walking your dog. Maintain a consistent pace and encourage your dog to stay beside you, do not let them push ahead.
If your dog gets distracted, use gentle tugs to get their focus back on you.
Be consistent in your expectations and training techniques. Everyone who walks your dog should use the same commands and reinforcement methods.
Gradually increase the complexity of walks. Introduce more distractions, different routes, and different paces. This helps your dog become adaptable to various situations.
Teach your dog to be comfortable with the stroller's movements, including turns and stops. Practice these movements in a controlled environment.
Training takes time, so be patient with your dog's progress. Some dogs may adjust quickly, while others might need more time. Be encouraged by every little success. Walking a dog while pushing a stroller trouble free may take some time, but it's worth the effort!
How to Walk Two Dogs With a Stroller
This may seem like common sense, but we have to say it. The first step to walking two dogs with a stroller at once is to get the dogs perfect alone. If you're having trouble controlling one dog, two are out of the question.
Keep working with your dogs individually, and once things are going great, then it's time to bring them together. We suggest walking both dogs on the same side and using your offhand as an anchor for the leases, and moving your other hand between the leashes when you need to tug on the leash.
Remember that every dog is different, so tailor your training approach to your dog's personality and needs. With consistent training and positive experiences, your dog can learn to walk calmly and happily alongside a stroller.
Our aim at Suburban K9 is to enhance the quality of life for both you and your dog. We believe in a personalized approach, assessing each unique dog's requirements to create tailored training that delivers optimal outcomes. Learn more about our distinctive approach, the Suburban K9 Difference, and read one of our client testimonials!