If you’re trying to contain reindeer running away while strolling your pet, then you’re not all alone. Pulling the leash is a frequent problem for dogs and their pet owners. Here are some helpful tips to help train your dog to walk with a loose leash, hopefully allowing for more enjoyment for you and your dog.
Keep Them Harnessed and Reined In
It would help if you didn’t put a draft horse’s harness on the back of a Shetland pony. The same principle applies to fit your pet’s harness and leash. Be sure to use the correct tackle to fit the size of your pet. You can determine the size of the saddle you should purchase by measuring your dog’s weight and the size of its circumference. The harness shouldn’t cause the shoulders or neck to swell and should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and the dog’s body. A harness is the most secure option for dogs beginning to walk with a loose leash. A leash tied to a collar may cause your pet to choke if it can pull the leash.
When your dog is learning leash etiquette, and you’re training him to behave, it’s best to use shorter leashes so that you can have greater control. Be aware of your height and the dog’s size to ensure you’re comfortable walking. Once your dog is proficient at walking on a loose leash, you can apply the longer leash if there aren’t any restrictions on the length of the leash you’re walking. For instance, specific nature trails restrict the size of leashes to 6 feet.
Go. Stop. Go (and Repeat).
If you’ve confirmed whether you’ve got the proper harness and leash, it’s time to address the issue of pulling. It’s recommended to start your training indoors or at a location with fewer distractions (e.g., a squirrel that is running by). Begin with your dog standing close to you with a loose leash. Reward them if they remain in your presence. Move ahead one step. If you can see them “stay” without pulling, offer them a second reward. Repeat the procedure around the home, increase your efforts, and reward them when their leash remains loose.
If your dog begins pulling, stop the movement, wait for the moment you can feel the leash relax slightly, and then praise them immediately. They need to understand that a loose leash is ideal, and they’re rewarded when it remains in an open state. If they return to you, show them many praises and reward them, and then begin walking. If they start pulling, stop them and then repeat the reward procedure. When they’ve become comfortable walking through the house on a free leash, let them go outdoors, where there are many more distractions. It’s possible to repeat this “stop, go” process repeatedly, but you hope they’ll soon understand that a leash loose can bring rewards.
Who’s a Good Dog?
Once your dog begins walking with no pull, it’s vital to continue rewarding them for its excellent behavior. Don’t only beg them to pull and then stop -Reward them when they’re reasonably walking with you. This reinforces the idea that a loose leash can lead to lots of love.
If your dog is begging to take a moment and sniff the roses, the mailbox, or another dog to sniff, allow them to. Dogs use scent to comprehend their surroundings and, in turn, to “talk” or send “messages” to each other. This is a natural behavior you should encourage on your walks, except when one dog exhibits indications or signs of aggression or distress.
As with all undesirable habits, pulling your leash can take a long time to get over. With perseverance, patience, a positive attitude, and praise and encouragement, you’ll never be forced to walk around in circles. If you struggle with pulling your leash, Ask your vet for suggestions or talk to an expert trainer.