Dog Leash Training
Dog Leash Training - Dog Training Conventional Methods
Are you a dog owner who has had a hard time undertaking dog leash training? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll concentrate on dog leash training tips that will help mould your dog into a very well-behaved animal.
When it comes to dog leash training, a majority of canines learn early on that they must remain seated while their leash is being affixed to the collar. However, once the leash is attached to the collar, they get up and get animated all over again, with many dogs even a cat’s whisker away from jumping up and down in excitement. The telltale signs of this ‘phase’ include times when your dog literally drags you to the door after you attach the leash to the collar.
If this takes place, you must clutch the leash tightly after attaching it to the collar and let your dog get over its excitement by letting it bounce around at the very end of the leash. This may take a while, but it is a very important step in dog leash training because it sends the message across to the pet that it cannot go anywhere or have its way unless it calms down. More importantly, make it a point to use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise and other rewards to let the dog know that good behavior and a calm demeanor will always be appreciated.
Another dog leash training tip for hyperactive dogs is to walk them around the house or yard prior to taking them out. If they start pulling on the leash or get restless, stand still and don’t go any further till they calm down. It is always recommended that owners do this exercise before going through the gate or door to take dogs out for a walk or for playtime.
Dog leash training requires that an owner have tremendous patience, consistency, and determination so that anyone, and not just him/her, can walk the dog without having to struggle through the task. For starters, most dogs that pull on the leash do so because they may believe they can get to where they want to go by taking charge even in the owner’s presence. It is important to nip this problem in the bud because dogs then develop the mindset that they get the reward (reaching the destination) by doing what they want (pulling on the leash). What you need to do during dog leash training is teach your dog that pulling does not pay dividends at all.
Keep stopping in your tracks if your dog resorts to pulling on the leash and start taking small steps ahead again the moment it realizes its mistake and eases up. Reward it for behaving well. As you progress with dog leash training, you may even notice that your dog turns around or stops on its own the moment it feels there’s no movement from your end.
The best way to gauge if your dog leash training is going in the right direction is to take a step backwards and see if your pet turns around and comes back to you, waiting for you to move ahead.
Jessie from Next Level Canine’s note:
Jessie Suarez, the creator of " Talking Dog DVD Training Series"