Does your dog drag you toward another dog or an interesting pee spot instead of walking by your side?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go for a nice leisurely walk with your dog with the leash remaining slack enough for your dog to sop and sniff something interesting and turn with you and stop when you do?
That takes training. Dogs have a natural instinct to oppose restraint. When the leash tightens and the collar presses against the dog’s neck, his natural instinct is to pull harder. Leash issues are a big problem for dog owners, but they can be prevented and managed with positive training methods like those recommended by expert Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan, as he demonstrates in his video here:
Doggy Dan recommends 4 big tips to leash training as follows:
- Calming your dog down.
Dogs typically move faster than we do and are excited about exploring the outdoors or getting a chance to run. When you walk to the door and pick up the leash, if your dog races around, barks or whines or jumps up-you need to calm him down first. Stand completely still and do or say nothing until your dog calms down. When you reach out to clip on his leash, if he begins to get excited again, bring your hands and the leash back toward your body and wait until your do has all four paws on the floor again. Repeat this until your dog can stand in front of you calmly while you clip on his leash. Once he is calm, he is ready to go for a walk.
- Chose an appropriate device
If you are being overpowered by your dog’s pulling, you need to look into equipment solutions that can help modify the pulling while you teach your dog to walk appropriately. A chest-led harness is a great training aid because it takes the pressure off the dog’s neck. When the leash is attached to the chest-led harness and your dog pulls, the harness will turn his body around and not allow him to proceed forward.Use a standard do leash, not a flexi-leash. Flexi-leashes make it easier for your dog to go wherever he wants to go and harder for you to signal to your dog what you want him to do.
- Change direction
When your dog pulls, issue a ‘Let’s Go’ cue, turn away from him and walk off in the other direction, without jerking on the leash.
- Be the Pack Leader
You are the pack leader so lead from the front. Make sure your energy and body language are letting your dog know who is the leader.
Don’t forget to reinforce positive behavior with a pat on the head or a hug or scratch behind the ears.
Visit Doggy Dan’s website to find out how to be the pack leader in a calm and gentle way. On his video website The Online Dog Trainer, he points out that before any training takes place, you first need to establish yourself as the pack leader before you can solve any dog behavior problems.
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