Some Leash Walking Tips from a Leading Professional Dog Trainer:
of How to Train an Older Dog to Walk Calmly on a Leash was reviewed by on March 20, 2017.
Prong/pinch collar: The American Kennel Club recognizes that special training collars may be an effective and useful management device, when properly used, for controlling dogs that might be extremely active, difficult to control on a neck collar, or dog aggressive. These collars are also recognized as possibly useful for gaining control at the start of basic obedience training, essential education that dogs deserve and need. Contact a qualified trainer or behaviorist for assistance with one of these devices, and note that they are not permitted for use while competing in AKC events. Also, with proper training (and assistance for a veterinary behaviorist, if necessary), your dog can learn to using one of the recommended devices above. Training for the test includes loose-leash walking and can be a rewarding way to help your dog overcome minor issues during a walk. If your pet is showing or other behavior issues, speak with your veterinarian, who can provide you with resources to solve the problem safely.
Much of the problem with ill-behaved dogs on leashes stems from the fact that many dog owners have a major misconception about exercise. A walk is a great social outing for you and your dog. It’s a good bonding experience, an opportunity for you to stretch your legs, and the perfect time to work on training generalizing your dog’s learned behaviors to new environments with new distractions. What a walk is not,
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How to train your dog to walk on a leash, by Lili Chin
All dogs, regardless of size, age, or lifestyle, should be taught basic leash skills. You should be able to take your dog for a walk around the block or into a crowded veterinary office without having your legs wrapped up or your shoulder dislocated. Even a pint-sized pooch can take the fun out of a walk if he pulls, spins, and jerks you around, and good leash skills are also important for safety, both your dogâs and your own. When he is properly leash trained, your dog will walk steadily on one side of you with the leash slack. Like many other aspects of good training, teaching him to do this will require some time and effort, but the payoff is a dog who is a pleasure to walk.Let me first summarize the standard approach to calming your dog down before the walk. Usually when we’re training our dogs to stay calm and walk nicely on the leash, we only continue with the walk if your dog is calm. So we would only progress through the door if your dog has calmed down to a reasonable level. Then we would only progress down the garden path if your dog is still calm. Simple enough?