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Loose Leash Walking
Dogs that take their owners to a walk and pull them around have a
problem. The owner hates the walk, and hence he/she shortens it. The
dog, who simply wanted to explore the world loses and the owner is
upset. Teaching the dog to walk nicely on a leash is one of the
foundations of a good quality of life for both owner and dog.
Prepare in advance a clicker and some highly reinforcing treats.
Hold the leash and the clicker in one hand and hold the treats in
the other hand.
It is recommended to use a treat pouch –
it makes things so much easier. (to find where you can get treat
pouches – click here)
Start walking with your dog in a quiet environment – you can even
start at home.
Every time the leash is tight – stop dead. Wait a few seconds. If
the dog turns around to look at you – click and let him/her come to
you to get the treat and start walking again (it is important to
deliver the treat near you and not walk to the dog to deliver it).
If, the dog is stuck at the end of the
leash without turning back to you – turn around and start
walking in the other direction. The dog will follow you and you
can treat when he is by your side again.
As long as the leash is loose keep walking and click and treat
every time the dog is by your side and especially when the dog is
looking at you.
At the beginning you will have to click
and treat very generously, but gradually you will be able to
increase the loose leash walking duration between treats.
Again, if the dog looses his/her concentration and starts pulling
again, stop dead and repeat step 4.
Use environmental reinforcers to teach this behavior. Your dog
wants so many things while he/she is outside. If the dog wants to
sniff a tree or mark it, let him/her do it as long as they walk
nicely towards that tree. If they start pulling, turn around and
start over. Keep doing the exercise until the dog walks next to you
all the way to the tree, and then let him/her sniff/mark the tree.
This behavior can take a while to teach. You need to be patient
and you will gradually see improvement.
Watch a video that demonstrates this exercise.