Have you ever wanted to leash train your dog but he just would not want to walk? Sometimes he just sits there and does not want to move, and you tried all tricks to make him walk? Or sometimes he will pull when on a leash, and it is tough for you to control?
If this describes you and your dog, it is a very common problem most dog owners face. Don’t worry, in this article; I will show you how you can train your dog to walk correctly.
Training a dog that won’t walk using a leash is one of the perfect mechanism or tools for keeping her near to you so that you can be able to supervise her walking and behavior.
In this way, you have a chance of proactively preventing potty accidents which may occur behind your back such as shredding of shoes and sandals as well as pounce on other pets and animals in your yard.
Besides these reasons, all dogs no matter their age, lifestyle or size need teachings on some of the basic leash skills.
I do understand that it can be difficult to learn all these through reading. Thus, I have included a video from my good friend, Doggy Dan to help you understand better.
Dan is a professional dog trainer and he has trained more than a thousand dogs and has helped many frustrated dog owners to solve their dog behavioral problems.
If you want to solve your dog’s behavioral problems and learn the right way to train your dog, I suggest you start with the Online Dog Trainer.
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Below are the 5 simple tips how you can train your dog to walk on a leash without pulling.
1. Keep the leash a bit loose and short
Having a short lease allows you to keep your dog by your side since he cannot be able to run around you in circles quickly.
Use of a loose or flexible leash, on the other hand, enhance the comfort of your dog. It makes it cozy for you to easily communicate with your dog and walk politely.
In case you have a dog collar, you should place on the top of its neck where its pulling power emerges.
2. Walk by your side
Your dog needs to learn how to stay always on one of your sides since if he walks or runs around in circles or weaves back and forth, it will not go well on both of you. You may either injure your dog or yourself.
To keep your dog by your side, you should maintain the leash as short as possible in that he cannot be able to leave your side quickly. You can also lure him towards one hand by use of tiny treats.
3. Turning in front of your dog to get his attention
For this part, you want to tell your dog that you are in charge, and you are the leader. He should follow your direction and your lead.
So what you need to do is to turn in front of him. You have to practice this a few times so that he will understand and pay attention to you and not on other things.
Never let your dog sniff and get distracted by other people or other animals. You want him to focus on you and keep his eyes on you.
When you have established yourself as the leader, he will follow your movement, and he will never pull the leash ever again.
4. What if your dog won’t walk?
This can be easy to solve. Before you walk him on a leash, train him to come to you when called.
Check out my previous article here on how you can train your dog to come when called.
Once your dog is on the leash and if he doesn’t want to walk, call his name and let him come to you. He will walk.
If this fails, try another way by using a treat. Dogs just love to eat and when they see that you have something tasty with you, they will follow you.
So when your dog refuses to walk, show him the treat on your hand and lure him to come to you. When he comes to you, reward him and walk together with him.
This should be very easy to do because most dogs are attracted to food. This is why using treats when training your dog can be very effective.
5. Practice the walk
After your dog has mastered the walking, you should practice regularly. Remember, practice makes perfect. You and your dog will not get better in any way in case you go out there to explore and celebrate the nature.
Learn from the past when your dog was not in a position of walking as a motivation to walk and practice walking day in and day out until your dog become perfect both in behavior and locomotion.
If you are new or have no experience in teaching your dog, check out Doggy Dan’s course, the Online Dog Trainer.
When leash training, you should hold the leash at the knot and then say to your dog lets go to start walking.
It is wise that you reward your dog for each and every step it makes as rewards act as a catalyst or motivator to walking. You can reward him periodically and randomly.
Have you tried out the method above and did your dog walk the way you want him to right now? Let me know in the comment section.
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