How to get your puppy to walk with a lead
When out on walks it understandable for puppies and dogs to get over excited. With every exploration, there are new things to discover, other people and dogs to interact with, even new smells and sounds that will catch the interest of our dogs. This makes it ever so difficult for us to keep control of our dogs whilst on these walks and therefore requires training from an early age. By training your pet from an early age it teaches dogs how to be patient, calm and most of all helps dogs learn to become more obedient.
Why do dogs pull on the lead?
It’s simple as to why dogs will pull on a lead. All they know is that by moving forward it is the way to get somewhere. Therefore, if you move with your dog when they are pulling on the lead then it will reinforce their thought process.
How do I stop my dog from pulling?
In order for them to stop pulling on the lead, they need to realise that when pulling on the lead they won’t be able to advance. Instead, they will only be able to carry on with their walk when the lead is loose, and they are by your side. The training method is simple to execute however it can take a while for dogs to become accustomed to it. For them to learn this it will take a lot of patience and can possibly extend your walking time dramatically. However, this is worth it in the long run as future walks after teaching this will become calm and pleasant for both you and your dog.
· As soon as the lead goes tight, stop. Stand still, stay quiet and don’t move forward again until the lead is slack. Resist pulling back on the lead if your dog does not turn back to you, walk back a few steps to regain their attention.
· It’s helpful to reward your dog when they are walking alongside you and when they are making the lead loose. This positive reinforcement lets them know that this behaviour is what you are looking for when on walks. It may take a lot of treats to keep your dog’s attention at the start but it is important to give the treats whilst walking so that there is a connection between the walking behaviour you are after and giving the treat.
· When starting training it is best to start in quiet areas. With little to no distractions, you can keep your dog’s focus easier than if you go to a busy park where there will be many opportunities for your dog to get distracted and pull on the lead.
· Reward loose lead walking. Walk forwards with your dog and reward them when they are walking nicely by your side with treats.
· When the dog is in the right position the lead should always be hanging loose with no tension.
· Don’t pull back when your dog pulls on the lead. Positive reinforcement is much more effective.
· Be consistent this may take time will be well worth the effort and make walks even more enjoyable for you and your dog.
· If your dog barks whilst on your walks, then it can be a sign of lack of exercise both physically and mentally. In order to stop this from happening it is important to keep your dog stimulated in both aspects. If the problem keeps occurring, then you should follow the same process of is they are pulling so if they bark make sure to stop and create distance. Then when they return their attention to you and stop barking reward them with a treat.
By Raised By Humans