There is nothing better than a well-behaved dog on the trail, nor is there a much worse experience than a dog who will not take commands. If you use these steps and stick to them, you will be pleased to take your beloved dog with you anywhere from a walk downtown to the Appalachian Trail, and your dog and you will be well-received by strangers along the way.
Tips & Warnings
The reason for the different commands is that you can stand in one spot with your dog beside you and if the situation arises, you can with one word, "Heel" or "Nay" move the dog with you backwards and put your body between your dog and danger or something you don't want your dog to see or be close to, such as an animal or a car.
Keep some small treats with you and give one to your dog once in a while for a job well done; it will do wonders to smooth over any corrections made. Just don't overdo it.
When you come upon a hiker or dog on the trail, turn slightly to put your body between your dog and the intruder and sit your dog.
It is polite and safe to always ask an owner before petting or approaching a dog. Expect the same from others.
When going around the bucket with the dog on the inside, slightly turn to the dog to back him up while commanding "Nay." It will make it easier for the dog to learn.
Make sure to get the proper fit on your pinch or choke collar. You can take out or replace links with the better brands.
In today's society, it is good to have a dog along on the trail, their senses are far superior to ours, but we have to learn how to interpret them.