Taking your dog for a walk can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for both of you.
But if your dog doesn’t know how to walk on a leash, then this enjoyment can soon turn into frustration and anger.
Here are some basic tips on how to train your dog:
Until your dog learns to walk without pulling, consider all walks to be training sessions.
These training sessions must be frequent, short and fun for your dog.
Dogs pull because they’re full of excess energy, so expend that energy before your leash training by finding other ways to stimulate and exercise your dog beforehand.
Teaching a dog to walk without pulling requires plenty of rewards.
Use highly desirable treats that your dog doesn’t get at any other time.
Walk at a quick pace. If your dog trots or runs, she’ll have fewer opportunities to catch a whiff of something enticing, and she’ll be less inclined to stop and eliminate every few steps.
You are far more interesting to your dog when you move quickly.
Walk to the door and pick up the leash.
If your dog races around, barks, whines, spins or jumps up, just stand completely still. Do and say absolutely nothing until your dog calms down a bit.
As soon as she has all four paws on the floor, slowly reach toward her to clip on the leash. If she starts to bounce around or jump up on you, quickly bring your hands (and the leash) back toward your body.
Then slowly attach her to the leash. Repeat this until your dog can stand in front of you, without jumping up or running around, while you clip on her leash.
Once your dog walks beautifully on leash it is time to take the leash off.