The Walk_with leash
Would you love to have a walk in the park with your dog? Just having a good time, yet ended in a tug of war between you and your dog? Then, welcome to the federation of pet owners that should be reminded of having your pet undergo dog leash training.
The basis of teaching the dog to walk calmly on the lead is teaching it to calmly accept the collar and lead. A dog that is bouncing up and down while the collar is being put on will not walk properly. Begin by asking your dog to sit down, and insisting that he sit still while the collar is put on. If the dog begins to get up, or gets up on his own after the collar is on, be sure to sit him back down immediately. Only begin the walk after the dog has sat calmly to have the collar put on, and continued to sit calmly as the leash is attached.
If your dog starts pulling, do not walk a step further until he puts some slack back into the leash. If he is stubborn and still keeps pulling, turn around and go the other way. He will know that pulling will not get him where he wants to go.
Once your dog knows how to “come to heel”, “heel” and maintain focus, you are all set to chain these behaviors together and proceed to loose leash walking.
A loose leash should automatically be followed by a reward. Keep giving treats every time the leash is loose and praise him. Practice this technique and once it has become a habit, phase out the treats and just give praise, unless you want to have to carry a bag of treats each time you walk with your dog. I thought so.
Because pulling yields no rewards, dogs as opportunistic beings will soon learn which behaviors are more advantageous. You will therefore see more loose leash walking and less tight leash walking
This, in my opinion, is the perfect way to teach a puppy or young dog to walk nicely on a leash. But what, if anything, can be done with a dog who has already learned that pulling is not only allowed, but also rewarded? Don’t worry, we can handle that one also, and in many ways it will follow these basic principles, just using different techniques!
It is very rare to see dogs that are good at walking on a leash from the start. A dog, by nature, loves to run, and many dogs have an idea of “territory” that is much larger than your house or even yard. Dogs also have an instinct, held over from their ancestors the wolves, to chase things that run, to pursue. Your dog will need to learn how to behave on the leash whenever he is out of the house.
Be aware, it will take time and practice to change bad habits. So, get your walking shoes, your dog and be willing to admit that it won’t be a quick fix.
If there are other members in your family that walk the dog, they should also follow your methods and be consistent with what you have been teaching your dog.