Have you ever been pulled down the street by your dog while out for a walk? Well, that happened to me…in fact, while we were caring for a friend’s dog, I tried taking the dog for a walk and he yanked on the leash pulling me down the street…I think the neighbors may have wondered who’s walking who?
Walking your dog should be a joy to you and your dog. Instead millions of people find themselves having to endure their walk with their dog. So why not train your dog to walk by your side without the pulling and the tugging?
The great thing is that it is not complicated to train your dog. Of course, sometimes it takes time and effort but not always that long. Sometimes it can take only 5 minutes.
Expert Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan demonstrate in his video below:
There are some key mistakes you may be making when walking your dog on the leash. If you have a stubborn dog (they come in all sizes), you need to be sure you know all the tricks that you need to master before starting your walk with your dog.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your dog calm. If your dog is charged up and excited as you head to the door, then getting your dog to walk calmly on the leash is going to be very hard.
So how do we calm them down?
What happens when you pick up the leash? Your dog jumps from their sleep, tail wagging, racing with excitement waiting for you to put the leash on and ready to head out the door! Now if you oblige and put the leash on them they will get even more excited.
You are simply supporting their excited behavior which eventually will become a bigger problem.
Next time you pick up the leash take your time, simply wait for your dog to calm down. If they don’t calm down simply put the leash away or set it on the table. Ignore your dog’s antics and carry on doing what you were doing. Pick up the leash again and if your dog is still not calmed yet then put the leash back down.
Attempt this several times, however long it takes. It may take a little while but if you stick with it by waiting for your dog to calm down your dog will eventually get the message.
When you start your walk look at which way your dog heads. If your dog wants to go right, then you turn left. Take a step to the left and repeat this until your dog actually pays attention to what you are doing.
You need to do this early, don’t wait until your dog is miles ahead of you. By doing this exercise your dog ends up walking behind you every time. This step may take a little time but your dog will eventually get it.
The idea is that your dog walks behind you and he knows you are the one in charge.
Choose A Proper Device
There are different types of devices in the market you can look for that can assist you in getting your dog to heel. If you notice in the video above you can see Doggy Dan using a special harness where the attachment is under the dog’s chin. In the traditional harness, the attachment is on the back where the dogs end up pulling like a cart horse.
Keep In Mind The Pack Leader Leads…
Keep in mind that the pack leader leads from the front. So if your dog does not see you as the pack leader in their eyes, your dog will fight for that spot. It’s that simple.
If you have a strong minded determined dog he will fight for the lead and this will result in him pulling on the leash.
Learning to become the pack leader is a topic all on its own in The Online Dog Trainer. This topic is the basis Doggy Dan developed the 5 Golden Rules of his famous training and when followed daily you become the pack leader in a calm and gentle way.
In the video, Dan emphasizes that you need to establish yourself as the pack leader before starting the training using the 5 Golden Rules. This is very important in solving almost all dog behavior problems.
Plenty of Extra Tips
There are loads of tips and tricks such as understanding when and where to let your dog have some freedom, pee pee and go sniff and more…
If you would like to master the walk you have available in The Online Dog Trainer over 250 videos and 30-minute audio so you can listen while you walk. Also available are 7 excellent videos showing you how to walk your dog correctly and how to deal with every issue.
I think you will appreciate the dog training tips that will surely help you enjoy your walk with your dog and your dog will be happy and walk calmly by your side!
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