Enjoy Leash Training Your Dog – Pick the Method That Suits You Best.
This straight-talking how-to guide for dog owners explains four different ways of leash training a dog, so the training process is easy and the walks enjoyable. Sample training programs are also provided.
It is written for owners of large, medium, small-sized and tiny dogs, who want to teach them the dog-friendly way of walking without pulling on the leash.
You will learn how to:
• Identify why your dog pulls on the leash or refuses to walk;
• Choose the right training gear;
• Consider weather and environmental conditions, his age and health when walking him;
• Create and vary rewards to enhance the learning process;
• Communicate clearly through the correct use of cues and markers;
• Leash train through targeting your hand or target stick;
• Leash train through guiding your dog with food;
• Leash train through playing the “hot and cold” game;
• Leash train by trial and error;
• Use a release cue to avoid confusing your dog and slowing down the training process.
This book also teaches you to:
Train indoors and then transition to outdoors;
Manage training in the face of distractions;
Avoid the pitfalls of punishment.
Teaching your dog to walk by your side without pulling on the leash can be challenging, if you’re unaware of the many ways to do it. Just reading the sections on the different leash training methods and safety tips when walking him will make reading this book worthwhile!
Targeted Age Group:: 18 to 80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a dog “mom”, I experienced the pain and frustration of being walked by my dogs. I wasn’t a dog trainer at the time, and having my dogs constantly pull on the leash was a nightmare!
Fast forward many years. As a professional dog trainer, one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that their dogs pull so hard on the leash, that walking them is a nightmare!
People can get hurt or find themselves in potentially dangerous situations when they have no control over their dogs. I had a client whose dog pulled on the leash suddenly, after seeing some kids playing with a ball. Taken by surprise, she was dragged by the dog and hit her face against a tree. Another client developed tendinitis in his shoulder due to his large dog constantly pulling on the leash. And yet another, an elderly lady, was pulled by her medium-sized dog into a busy road after he spotted another dog.
Even if people aren’t endangered or get hurt, having a dog that pulls on the leash is, at best, annoying. But dogs also feel discomfort and may get hurt! Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s ok to have your Chihuahua pull on the leash because he’s not strong enough to cause you discomfort. The force he exerts can still result in a collapsed trachea.
Do you feel desperate because you can’t enjoy a walk with your dog? Or does your heart go out to him because he’s panting heavily or gagging while pulling on the leash? Or have you reached a point where you feel that leash training him is simply too hard? Perhaps you’ve been told the only way to control your dog is by having him wear a prong collar, and the thought of it makes your stomach turn.
Dogs, just like people, are different and what works for some doesn’t work for others. Therefore, it’s important to become acquainted with the various ways of leash training so you can pick the one that works best for you and your dog.
I wrote this book because I totally understand what you’re going through, and really want to help you leash train your dog without feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. After all, one of the purposes of bringing a dog into our homes is to enjoy his company and to be able to walk him anywhere, comfortably.
Dogs pull on the leash for many different reasons. Knowing what they are will help you pinpoint why your own dog constantly pulls, or in certain situations sometimes has pulling bursts.
Walking on a leash doesn’t come naturally to dogs
As far as we’re concerned, we should be able to put a collar or harness on our dog, attach a leash and he should walk next to us quite naturally. But the truth is that when dogs are free and on the move, they walk fast and slowly, go far or remain nearby, rapidly approach an object or animal that catches their attention, and so forth. That’s what comes naturally to them. Sticking to our side and pace is something they need to learn.
If a dog spends most of his owner’s working day alone at home with little to do, his energy is likely to accumulate, and he will most probably pull on the leash as soon as the door is opened. If this sounds familiar to you, my suggestion is to tire your dog before taking him for a walk.
Games of tug are great for tiring a dog because he uses his entire body to pull the toy.
You can also play fetch if your dog enjoys it. But if he’s the type that fetches the ball or toy but doesn’t drop it, rather toss 2 or more toys in opposite directions just to get him running. The purpose is to give him an outlet to burn off accumulated energy.
They’re in a hurry to get to where they want to go
This may sound obvious, but we often forget that most dogs want what they want ‘right now!’ unless we teach them to control their impulses.
So, if your dog wants to reach another dog or person ‘right now!’ or smell as many things as possible in the shortest amount of time or is in a hurry to get to that lamp post or tree, he will pull on the leash to gain immediate access to what he wants.
This has nothing to do with him trying to exert dominance over you, and everything to do with acting impulsively.
There are also times your dog may be walking calmly next to you but will suddenly have a pulling burst if a big distraction catches his attention.
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