Does walking your dog usually looks like a battle of strength between you two? Or just looks like your four-legged friend is the one walking you? Generally, dogs very rarely walk on a lead without being trained. Not because it’s unnatural to be led by a leash, but because dogs have shorter legs which makes them faster than the human. Also, dogs have opposition reflex – reaction to push or pull against applied pressure. Luckily, these pets are very eager to please and learn quickly that walking nicely on a lead is more fun rewarding than dragging their parent down the street.
Before trying to teach your dog to walk on the lead, make few exercises. One of the reasons why dogs are pulling on their lead is because they are wound up and ready to go. Until the dog has learn not to pull, find a way to wear off that energy before lock the lead. Play outside your backyard, let your dog play with other dogs or run around the house, etc. To learn the dog to walk on the lead, you will need to make it more rewarding for him to not pull. Since dogs are usually motivated by food, packing a small, meaty snacks your dog loves is important. Also, what is important is to be prepared to be patient. When training lead walking, you will need to be fully patient, because your dog may need a longer period to learn than you are hoping for.
Teaching loose lead walking – How when you have exercised your dog, pack your beg with tasty snacks and get started.
- Clip on the lead. For most of the dogs, the expectation of preparing to go for a walk makes them little crazy just having their lead to their collar. If your dog reacting this way, wait until it’s calmed and then open the door.
- Begin walking. Each time when your dog starts to pull you, stop walking. Plant your feet closely and hold tight on the lead until your dogs stops.
- When dog relaxes and returns, reward him generously and handsomely, and start walking again. The moment when dog begins to pull again, stop.
- Repeat these steps over and over again. The first few times you may be able to make just a step or two before your dog begins to pull again. That is okay, because this is part of the learning process.
- Be consistent! Do not let your dog pull you ever again. Because if you do, the dog will learn that sometimes dragging you will work and will keep trying.
- Use the right tools. If your dog is too strong and you can not stop him to pull you, then consider changing his collar with a front-clip, no-pull harness.
- Pay attention to the dog. Your walks are great way to enjoy and bond with your dog. Try to spend this time talking to your dog, rewarding and praising him for walking nicely, and just having enjoyable time together.
- Consider of each walk as a learning moment. Unless your dog is hundred percent reliable walking nicely on the lead, consider each walk as a learning moment.
- Avoid retractable leads while teaching. While learning your dog to walk nicely on the lead, stick to the standard ones and avoid using retractable leads.