So what is the "proper" way for a dog to walk on a leash? You want your dog walking by your side with enough slack in the leash to be able to step over it. That's the goal. Going for walks with an untrained dog is often fraught with uncontrollable pulling, quick bursts of running and a constant starting and stopping circus of smelling. Proper leash walking by the dog will clearly make walk times more enjoyable for all. Recognize that you as the owner taught him to walk improperly on a leash, and as such, you can train him to walk properly. Below are a few pointers to assist you in this training: * Correct leash length.
All professional dog trainers agree. The proper and most effective leash length for training of your dog is six feet. * Think about how your dog thinks and feels.
Dogs do not like to feel pressure. Never keep the leash tight, even if the dog is right by your side. Anytime a dog feels pressure, he is going to instinctively pull on the leash in an attempt to relieve the pressure.
The owner has to teach the dog that walking beside them is pleasant not hurtful. In order to walk properly, constant slack in the leash is a must. * Encourage your dog to look at you during walks. A dog must be looking at its owner in order to ensure that the dog is walking beside its owner with slack in the leash. Looking at you reminds him you are still there.
Dogs are easily distracted. In order to get the dog to look and make the correction, a message has to be sent to him through the leash. Usually all this requires is a gentle flick of the wrist. If that does not work, then lure him to look at you without pulling the leash. When he does, pat him on the back, draw him towards you and smile.
If you're after proper leash behavior, make sure that you do this same behavior anytime your dog looks at you during the walk; pat him on the back, draw him near you and smile. * Love your dog constantly and consistently. The owner is the one a dog wants to be closest too. Always let your dog know how much you love him and how much you want him there by your side.
Whether on walks or just relaxing at home, love your dog constantly. This will carry over into your training. Copyright (c) 2008 Lisa Nobles.
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