Are you struggling with leash walks this spring? Let’s help you create peaceful leash walks now so you can enjoy spring with your dog.
Here are some tips to help you with leash walking from a Garrettsville dog school (Four Legged Scholars LLC):
1.) Keep your walks short and successful. Long walks where your dog is pulling is stressful.
Start with just 5 -15 minute walks until both you and your dog are ready for longer walks.
Give frequent rewards for walking on a loose leash. Generally, you will be clicking and treating every 1-2 seconds or less for now.
2.) Start training in your home or other low distracting areas. Move to more distracting areas when both you and your dog are getting the hand of the loose leash walking concept.
3.) Your dog will only be as successful as you set him up to be in Garrettsville dog school. If you walk forward when your dog pulls on the leash he will learn that pulling on the leash works.
Give a humane and friendly consequence that doesn’t work for your dog when he pulls on the leash, and he will learn that pulling does not work.
When your dog pulls on the leash do one of the following: stop walking, change directions, or take a few steps backwards.
Your dog will begin to learn that pulling on the leash means he doesn’t get to go forward. Once the leash is loose again resume walking forward.
5.) In Garrettsville dog school, it can be tempting to use choke collars, prong collars and shock collars to train loose leash walking. These can create aggression and fear problems.
Johanna Teresi, Garrettsville Dog Trainer, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Garrettsville Dog School