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Teaching Your Dog To Walk On A Leash!

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Every dog needs to learn to walked on a leash right?

So how do you do it? Should the leash be loose or tight as whip!

Follow these steps from ADW to learn how to loose lead your doggie!


How to train loose lead walking:

ADW teaches loose-lead walking (and heeling, once you unsnap the lead) with a clicker and treats. It’s incredibly simple.

Say your walk cue—"let’s go" or "heel"—and set off. As long as the dog is in the heeling zone next to your knee, click and treat frequently. Then gradually lengthen the amount of time and distance required for a treat. Most dogs are pretty quick to figure out that their place in relation to the handler is what draws the treat.

Look for frequent eye contact. You can promote this by clicking when you’re getting a good heel position and the dog looks up at you. Eye contact means the dog’s focus is on you and not what’s going on in the world. The nice thing about this method is that it doesn’t require any force, a must for service dogs who will be handled by people with disabilities.

For outgoing dogs:

1. Start with a preemptive "leave it" when obvious distractions are coming down the path toward you. Most problems of pulling can be fixed with a well-conditioned "leave it."

2. Some of the books I’ve been reading lately explain the dog’s urge to go ahead as an attempt to become a pack leader. Others explain it simply: Because it works. Whether it’s the former or the latter doesn’t matter; you can’t give in. When he goes ahead, stop, get him to come back whatever way works best. Then make him wait. Then set off again. Don’t let him pull you even a little. Just a few inches of give can reinforce the behavior.

3. Like anything, loose-leash walking is much easier to teach if it’s started at a young age. Train it in as a good habit early, rather than trying to fix a bad habit late.

Making sure your pet follow these steps will keep them safe and happy!

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