Leash Training Make Him Walk Nicely On The Leash

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Leash Training Make Him Walk Nicely On The Leash

by Ashley D Bigham

One of the most common problems people have with their dogs is pulling on the leash. If you have a small dog that you can easily hold back or pick up then it might not be such a problem. But if you have a big brute of a dog topping the scales or just enough to outclass you if it unexpectedly pulls, then you have a problem. Even if the dog?s behavior stems from simple excitement this can still mean bad news for you if you?re caught unawares.

Regardless of your dog?s size or breed, if you let the behavior continue it will be harder to stop later. This problem goes back to the basics of training a dog: knowing who the master is. The master or ?alpha? of any pack (and you must remember that dogs are most definitely pack animals) walks ahead of the rest, leads the rest, and gives the orders. You as the owner need to be master over your dog and letting him constantly yank on the leash, and consequently your arm, is disrespectful to your authority.

The first step to teaching your dog proper leash etiquette is to have him sit calmly while you are putting the collar and leash on. The debate over which collar to use is wide and covers many options. The same goes for leashes. Generally, leashes that do not retract are better for training. A 6-foot leash (your pick of fabric, color, or style) is preferred for better handling and control. If you are teaching your dog to heal, a short leash is sometimes recommended.

As for collars, choker chains work for some dogs and not for others. The problem with them is that if you?re dog does not take it seriously, they tend to pull and pull and pull regardless of the collar and get choked. Some dogs don?t make the connection that them pulling means choking. Personally, I haven?t had much luck with choke collars, though they are better than just using a plan leather or fabric one. Pinch collars on the other hand, I have found highly effective at their job. They look like wicked things, pronged like they are, but in reality they are not inhumane in the least. The dog pulls and their skin is pinched by the prongs. They DO equate pulling with pain, and fast! My dog responds instantly; she is a completely different dog when using that collar, calm, cool, and collected. The problem with a pinch collar only stems when an owner abuses it. Never pull on the collar, only restrain your dog if HE pulls.

After you?ve gotten your dog to sit calmly while you apply collar and leash, you?re ready to begin walking. Be persistent and consistent. If your dog pulls say ?no pull? and give resistance (gentle! Don?t intentionally try to hurt, choke, or pinch your dog!). Keep this up until the behavior stops. If your dog is going berserk over something and is not listening to you, stop, make the dog sit until he is calm. Grab his attention by making him ?watch? you if he knows that command. Make him be calm before you continue your walk. Keep it up until your dog can walk nicely on the leash.

Ashley writes on how to train your dog better and more efficiently. You can learn more by visiting Dog Training.

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