Training Tips For Loose Lead Walking
We have all see dog owners being walked by their dog, getting pulled along and struggling to keep their dog under control. Loose lead walking is possibly one of the hardest things to teach your dog. Some dogs pick it up straight away and others take years to master the art of walking nicely on the lead.
Teaching your dog loose lead walking takes a huge amount of patience and dedication. It’s definitely worth persisting because then you will have a dog that walks well on the lead for life. No more stressful walks, sore shoulders and getting pulled over. If you want to teach your dog to successfully walk well on the lead then here are a few tips to get you started.
Stop If Your Dog Pulls
One technique to try is to stop every time your dog pulls. As soon as the lead goes tight stop in your tracks. This teaches your dog that pulling means he will be stopped and not allowed to continue his adventure. If you constantly let your dog pull on the lead with no consequences they will think that’s the right thing to do. This technique is very time consuming but if you do it properly you should start to notice a difference.
The Pause And Sit Technique
This is similar to the technique above but you get your dog to sit as well as stop. Some dog trainers find this technique works because it breaks the dogs pulling pattern and makes them realise if they pull they have to stop and wait. Dogs will soon realise if they stop pulling the fun can continue. You should also get your dog to do a sit randomly, even if their walking improves so that they know they might have to obey this command at any time.
All Walks Are Training
Remember any time you leave the house and walk your dog on the lead you are training. If you aren’t consistent you will undo all your hard work. Make sure that every time you go on a walk you are training your dog to walk nicely on the lead. If you don’t have the time to walk your dog properly then get a dog walker to take them or find another way to exercise them.
Exercise Your Dog In Other Ways
When your dog is training to walk properly on the lead they are unlikely to get much exercise. It’s a slow process and it’s not much fun for your dog. During this period you may want to find other ways to exercise your dog, such as doing a dog sport, letting them run in an enclosed area and playing. This will also help to get rid of some of your dog’s energy so that they are more focused when you are training on the lead.
Lure And Reward
Another technique to try is the lure and reward technique. This is where you keep your dog close to your side and encourage them to walk nicely using tasty treats. Hold you hand just in front of their nose and give them treats, they will then hopefully choose to walk close to your hand in order to get more treats. As your dog improves, start increasing the amount of time between treats and praise them when they walk without pulling.
Use High Value Treats
It’s important to use high value treats that your dog is really interested in. If they aren’t that bothered about the treats they won’t focus on what you are asking them to do. Try and find out what their favourite treat is and save it for when you are doing lead training.
Set Aside Enough Time
Never try and squeeze a lead walking training session into a short space of time. You won’t give your dog the attention they need and if you rush you could undo all your hard work. Plan your training walks properly and allow yourself plenty of time.
Helpful Walking Equipment
You can also try using helpful walking equipment to assist with your training. Some products are designed specifically to help with loose lead walking such as and