Basic training with Lilly was a long and hard road, sometimes though she got way too excited and we would have to shut her down fast or she will become a wild child, so how do you go about leash training your out-of-control pooch.
- Step 1: The correct collar and leash.
Before you take your dog out on a walk you need the right ingredients. For example, a nylon leash that is suitable for your dog, based on their size and weight, and a harness that is suitable for their size and weight. If your dog pulls a lot I recommend the front clip harness, a front clip harness works with a dog that has a tendency of pulling because it will make the dog turn around.
- Step 2: Familiarization with the leash.
Get the dog familiarized with the leash before going on a walk. Use positive reinforcement, if you show them positivity around the leash it will help them feel secure. If not they might act scared and freak out about something around their neck. Like the dogs you see on YouTube who go nuts after being hooked up to a leash. Once you hook the dog up to the leash reward them with a treat, try the famous peanut butter treats, I know Lilly loves anything peanut butter flavored.
- Step 3: Practice makes perfect.
The goal is to keep your dog calm and in the heel position while outside. You will need to practice indoors with them walking on the leash, walk room to room and with every step give them the treat. Make sure your dog stays on your side while walking, not in front of you. Don’t allow your dog to walk you, if you don’t they will take the leadership role and pull you anywhere and everywhere they want to go.
- Step 4: Take them outside.
Even if your dog is amazing while practicing inside doesn’t mean they’ll be amazing outside. Let your dog run some energy out until they start settling down, then you can resume walking and training. Give them a reward just like you did inside, in some time the dog will get it and know if they stay beside you they will get a treat.
Some tips behind leash training.
- Be patient in all training sessions, don’t get frustrated because the dog will be able to feel your energy and act upon that. Patience will not only make you feel comfortable but your dog as well, and you will be able to train them with a clear mind.
- Don’t forget your treat bag when training, you will need treats to tell the dog that they’re doing something good. Followed by good girl or good boy every time they follow the command.
- Make training fun for your dog and keep a calm, assertive, personality. This will not only be good for you but good for your pooch too.
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