Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t dread walking your dog? If your dog goes bananas as soon as you reach for the leash then you know how it can be hard and sometimes dangerous to go for a walk. Your dog needs to stop pulling, but how do you do that? Today we have a short and simple video that will show you the secret to loose leash walking your dog.
At Good Doggies Online, we like realistic dog training advice that anyone can try with any kind of dog. It needs to be actionable so you can use it right away. Here is today’s plan of attack:
Step 1: Read the article
Step 2: Watch the short video
Step 3: Go get the leash and try it out.
Loose leash walking is when you are able to walk with your dog and the leash is slack. In other words, it’s just a sign that your dog is not pulling on the leash. If your dog is like mine used to be, that might seem impossible. She used to pull so hard I used to worry about her choking or the collar coming off.
The goal is to walk your dog without pulling. That also includes pulling by you! You know how it goes, dog tries to go somewhere you don’t want her to and you yank on the leash. The goal is to have a dog that listens so you don’t have to yank on the leash.
It might seem hard to believe, but when dogs pull on the leash during a walk, the problem starts long before the walk begins. Dogs are perceptive and are always learning behaviors from our cues. We are constantly training our dogs, whether we realize it or not.
Almost all dogs know the steps leading up to a walk. Putting on your shoes, getting your keys, turning off the lights, etc. By the time you grab the leash, your dog is so excited he can’t take it anymore! You snap on the leash and your dog shoots off like a rocket.
It really makes it hard to enjoy the walk when your being dragged down the street. Throw in kids and a stroller and you really have a potentially dangerous situation.
The most important thing to focus on is calming your dog down before you leave the house. If your dog goes nuts when you get the leash out start there. Before you snap on the leash, wait until he or she is done jumping around. If you get the leash on and then she gets excited, wait again.
Check out the video below to see it in action:
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How do you know if your dog is calm? Thing about your dogs excitement level on a scale of 1 to 10. You want your dog to be at 5 or below before you hit the street.
The video is part of a series by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan. The video series is a great resource if you’re serious about correcting issues with your dog.
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You may have noticed that he suggested a no pull harness if you are really struggling with your dog. Not all trainers agree on using these harnesses. Some say that they make the dog pull harder.
We used one with our dog, partly out of desperation, but mainly because we were worried about her choking. We had success using both the harness and the steps Dan talks about in the video. If you’re interested, the harnesses look like this:
Here’s a link to one on Amazon, but you can get them anywhere:
There you have it. One simple thing you can start doing immediately to get your dog to stop pulling and start loose leash walking. Now grab your leash and see how long it takes your dog to chill before you go out. Remember, you want to keep doing this every time you go out.
For the rest of the videos, go check out Doggy Dan now: