Do the loose leash walk now, for elegant freedom. Teaching your dog to walk on a slack leash will prevent him from yanking on the leash during walks, making them safer for him and more pleasurable for you.
This method is not a perfect “heel,” as it does not keep your dog firmly by your side, but rather allows it to smell and explore as long as there is some slack in the leash. Have some nice snacks on hand to reward your dog while you loose leash train it.
Select a Collar and a Leash
A 6-foot leash and a collar are required. Your dog may be able to easily slip out of a conventional flat buckle collar if it has a history of pulling. A martingale collar is a suitable choice in this situation. This collar is great for teaching a dog to walk on a leash that is not too tight. It bears the appearance of a standard flat collar, but it features an extra loop that tightens when your dog pulls. This prevents the collar from falling off the dog’s neck. The martingale collar, on the other hand, has a stopping point and does not close as tightly as a choke chain.
Give the Order
Choose a term or phrase that explains what is expected of your dog. Because this isn’t a formal “heel,” a phrase like “with me” or “let’s go” will suffice. Begin your stroll with your dog by your side, then say the cue word or phrase and walk.
Stop and start
Stop instantly and do not budge if your dog pulls at the end of the leash. Allowing your dog to move ahead when it is dragging or lunging is never a good idea. You’re teaching your dog that the only way to get where he wants to go is to leave some slack in the leash in this manner.
You can start over as soon as there is some slack in the leash. Start moving ahead after giving your dog the command “with me.”
If your dog continues to pull on the leash even after you have stopped, try shifting directions. You may find yourself going in circles at first, but your dog will quickly understand that pulling will not get you anywhere. It will learn to pay attention to you in order to determine which path to take.
Make It Enjoyable
You have a lot of competition for your dog’s attention once you leave the house. You must make staying close to you more gratifying and enjoyable than dashing off to explore all of your neighborhood’s sights and smells. Treats, praise, and a joyful tone of voice can all help with this.
To begin, praise and reward your dog whenever it turns and looks at you. If you’ve decided to undertake clicker training, now is an excellent moment to do so. Click and treat when your dog’s attention is drawn to you. You’re teaching your dog that paying attention to you is rewarding in this way. You can also use a high, cheerful tone to keep your dog’s focus on you.
To capture your dog’s attention, you may need to use a lot of treats at first. As long as it is walking close you with some slack in the leash, keep your hand at your side and feed it treats on a regular basis. You can gradually phase out the goodies as your dog gets a sense of what you expect by waiting longer between treats.
Problems and Proofing Techniques
Leash training takes time, and you won’t have your dog walking on a loose leash the first time you try it. It’s possible that you won’t be able to get your dog’s attention at all times.
It may find what’s going on elsewhere more interesting than your treats or joyful conversation. And stopping and starting may not be enough to divert its attention away from whatever it’s focused on. It’s preferable to go away from the distraction in this scenario. “Let’s go,” you remark as you walk in the opposite way. You don’t have to pull your dog; just walk away while holding the leash. Your dog won’t be able to help but follow. Once it’s walking alongside you, reward it with a goodie and lots of praise.
Take frequent short walks, alternating your routine and direction, to “prove” your dog’s ability to walk on a loose leash. Practice your canine loose leash walk in areas where distractions are prevalent. Once your dog has become familiar with your community. Maintain an optimistic attitude. Your dog will eventually figure out how to walk on a leash appropriately. 765_nq100