Loose leash training

Walking your dog should be a pleasant experience for you and your dog. Obviously a dog that is constantly pulling during a walk is no fun and it is also dangerous because an out of control dog could run into the street and get hurt by a car or bicycle.

All puppies need to attend a basic puppy training class. Classes are necessary to train your puppy to sit on command, lie down and come to you from five feet when their name is called. Your puppy will also learn to handle a distraction calmly, because walking around the block will have lots of distractions.

Puppy classes also help to socialize your dog with other dogs and people.

Step 1

Start by getting your puppy used to wearing a collar or harness and a leash. They should wear them for short periods of time in the house, while playing and give him plenty of treats.

Step 2

Introduce your puppy to a sound cue that means, “food is coming”. Some people like to (click and treat) or you can use a phrase like okay or yes. As soon as your puppy looks at you. Give him a treat.

Step 3

Make your puppy come to you. Puppy “ping pong” is a good method. Have another person sit on the floor across from you 10 feet away. Take turns calling him to you, when he comes to you give him a treat. Soon you will be able to increase the distance to 30 feet because this is more of a game that your puppy will enjoy.

Step 4

Practice inside without distractions for short periods of time. Your puppy needs to get used to having a leash on. Give your puppy lots of treats and praise.

Step 5

Now test your puppy’s skills outside. Start in the backyard because you will have less distractions from sights, sounds and smells. When he pulls stop. When you have his attention continue. He will look at you when you have his attention. When he walks good, treat. Be patient.

Remember to bring lots of treats on your walk. I will treat every 25 yards at first and gradually go further between treats and only give treats when your dog is walking without pulling. Use small soft chewable treats so that way it is a quick treat. He will soon figure out that he does not get treats when he is pulling.


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