The Art of Hanging out With the Dog

Ever see a homeless person walking around or just hanging out with their dog and wonder why they don’t seem to need a leash? Why is it these dogs stay right by their owners’ side, comes immediately when called and doesn’t bark at every moving entity that passes by.

You’ve taken your dog to classes early on in your relationship and tried to achieve this same sort of behavior but it seems like nothing is working.

You are frustrated even though you love your dog. You’d do way more together if only there was some sort of communication that worked while out and about, around your home, in you car or just simply hanging out together..

The Art of Hanging Out

There is always an excuse it seems for lack of time but when it comes right down to it if you kept track of what you did everyday you’d find at least an hour, most likely more you waste on something you either don’t need to be doing, don’t enjoy doing at all, or is simply just a waste of time.

As ridiculous as it sounds simply spending more time with your dog can find you with the perfect well mannered best friend ever.  Use your “wasted” time or time you wouldn’t think of normally to spend with your dog.

Let me explain the art of hanging out with your dog further… as a way of better communication. As a way to find calm and well behaved and enjoyable.

Start from the other end what we picture “hanging out”. Do something with your dog often.

The cool thing about doing things with a dog is you can include all kinds of activities that humans might not get excited about… your dog will.

Hang out with your dog while you:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Clean the house.
  • Take the garbage out.
  • While watering your outdoor plants
  • Write a thank you letter and deliver it (your dog sits by you while writing then accompanies while delivering it)
  • Find 10 things that are clutter in your house, take them somewhere to donate with your dog accompanying you.
  • Invite a friend over that likes dogs. Go for a walk with your dog.
  • Did I say go for a walk? Go every day.
  • Running is good too.
  • Plant a garden of greens. Yes your dog can sit and hang out with you while you do it.
  • Go to the car wash.
  • Play fetch in the backyard, or in your living room. *pop fly is a good one for the indoor game (dog sits 3-5 feet away from you, throw the ball up as pop fly so your dog can catch it at short distance in the air and bring it back)
  • Visit as many parks as you can in your area. One per week.
  • Go to a K9 Cross Fitness Class (held in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii)

You don’t need to make it a big outing every single day. You need to spend time with your dog doing things.

You’ll find it becomes quality time quickly.

You’ll find you’ll have that best friend that allows you to be you and accompanies you as the perfect support system, with a wag every single time.

You’ll find you will enjoy your time with a calm balanced dog and your time will be constructive.

How To Get Your Dog To Do These Things With You

So you aren’t starting out with a dog that stays with you. That doesn’t come when called.

What to do?

  • Tie two leashes together.
  • Tie one end around your waste, attach dog to other end.
  • You are now hands free and your dog needs to stay with you.
  • Write your own list of things to using the one above as an example.
  • Start on the list with your dog leashed to you.
  • Use “sit” and “come” as the two things you practice all the time.

Do this so often it becomes normal for your dog to “hang out with you”.

It’s a really super simple method of dog training.

Sure, there are times in the beginning it can be frustrating. But stay with it. A master of anything, including a dog that hangs with you comes down to actually spending your time doing just that.

And if you have big problems and feel like you need some help. Don’t stop. Get a hold of me. Healthy habits and dog whisperer-ing is what I do! Don’t miss out on a relationship with your dog that is the best ever.

Jt Clough lives In Kailua Kona on the Big Island, Hawaii, and practices health, happiness and natural remedies, while working as a habits coach for people looking to live healthier and happier lives.  She is a dog whisperer for our best friends; and studies natural dog remedies, nutrition and communication.

Read her book 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs on Amazon Kindle.

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