Going on walks with your dog should be an enjoyable experience, but for some dog owners, it can be a nightmare. Believe it or not, walking on a leash is a skill that requires more training than you might expect. In today’s post, we will discuss a few tips to help you combat a dog who pulls, tugs, and chases after everything that moves.

Training your dog to walk calmly on the leash may be easier said than done. Luckily, if you’re in the Medford area, ACDT can give you the tips and tricks you need to turn your dog into a well-behaved leash-walker. From puppy training and basic obedience training to more advanced techniques, we offer a variety of obedience classes to fit all of your needs. To learn more about the classes that we offer, contact ACDT today!

Good Leash Manners

While your dog may enjoy chasing after squirrels while you walk through the park, you may not find this activity as enjoyable. When you take your dog for a walk, you expect to be able to move at a leisurely pace while your pup enjoys the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors. The last thing you want is to be tugged along or have to stop every few feet while your dog inspects every tree or plant.

Taking your dog for a walk is necessary for him or her to get outside and get some exercise. However, without proper leash manners, it will make the task frustrating, and you will most likely be less interested in going for a walk. Below, we have listed a few tips for proper leash training that will help make walks and other outings a pleasant experience for all.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive Reinforcement is the foundation of leash training. Instead of scolding your pup for doing something bad, the key to positive reinforcement is to reward your dog when he or she does something good. For example, if you and Fido go for a walk and he sees a squirrel but doesn’t lunge, you need to reward that good behavior. Rewarding good behavior will instill in your pup’s mind that doing certain things (like not lunging at squirrels) results in treats!

Start Slow

The key to any type of training is to start slow. You can’t expect to go for a walk after one day of training and not have any problems. Proper leash manners take time, and the first thing you want to do is make sure that your dog is accustomed to the leash and collar that you plan on using during your walks. The best way to get your pup used to the leash and collar is to have him or her wear them around the house. Much like your favorite shoes, you have to spend time wearing them and breaking them in before you can wear them all day.

Let your dog wear the leash and collar around the house for long periods of time in order to get used to how they feel. Anytime your pup comes up to you while wearing the collar and leash, reward the behavior. This will teach him or her to stay close to you. Once you are sure that Fido is used to the leash and collar, you can start going outside. Start will short walks, allowing your pup to get used to the outdoors.

These are just a few tips for making leash training easier for you and your pup. If you want more tips and tricks for walking on a leash, be sure to check back and read our other blogs, or contact ACDT! At ACDT, we offer a variety of dog obedience classes to fit your needs. To learn more about our classes, contact us today and sign up!