Do You Have A Leash Training Problem?
As with any new dog training technique, you may find that there are different tricks that will make it easier to train your dog or puppy. Loose leash training is no different and while you’re training your dog to walk politely with you, it can be a long tough process. That’s why it’s always important to gain little shortcuts or tricks that can help to make training your dog an easier more pleasurable experience.
One of these “tricks” for having an easier time with your loose leash training is to teach your dog to walk at a certain position by your side and it is an important training method.
- When you are able to establish a routine of where your dog walks, it will make training them with the loose leash method that much easier.
For instance, if you want your dog to walk within two feet of you, then you will need to teach him that this is where you want him to be and if this is where he stays throughout the walk, then he will be rewarded.
This is the part of loose leash training that is so essential to your pet, because you are setting guidelines for him to follow and letting him know exactly what you expect of him.
- When you give him positive reinforcement in addition to the occasional treat, your dog will know that this is where he belongs and where you expect him to be.
Once you have taught your dog where he needs to be then it will be easier for you to train him because when he begins to tug at the leash and you stand still and wait, your dog will know that he needs to come back to you and heel without being told what to do.
- Gentle encouragement always works well, but since you have already taught your dog to pay attention to you, this part should be relatively easy to accomplish.
Imagine how nice it will be to know that your dog will pay attention to what you want! You won’t be dragged all over town…looking like you have no control. When I see a dog walking their ‘master’ I can’t help but shake my head at the bad training being witnessed. So don’t you be dragged all around the town by your overeager dog.
- Loose leash training is a humane way to teach your pet that by paying attention to you and you can both have a fun long walk.
When you are working to leash train your dog, you should try a different method for a couple of weeks to see if it works for you and your pet. Sometimes, a good method for some dogs isn’t so good for other dogs and you may need to give other tricks or shortcuts a try to see if they work.
The bottom line in loose leash training is to set your expectations and help your dog to find a way to meet those expectations. Don’t get frustrated or lose your cool with your dog. Remember that he is learning too and all he wants is to make you happy. Reward his efforts with verbal praise and lots of petting and don’t be afraid to add the occasional treat to that reward.