Doing leash manners for Dogs the right way!
As a Dog walker in North York, Ontario I am surprised at
how many dogs do not have proper leash manners.
Here are some simple steps to get you enjoying your walks:
- Exercise your dog. Too much pent up energy makes it
impossible for you to walk your dog.
- Spend five minutes in the morning and afternoon teaching
your dog to follow a food lure at your side in low distraction
- Use a head halter for the next few weeks so walks are
less of a struggle.
- Practice changing directions when your dog starts to pull.
- Use the right leash. Six foot leather is the best. It is
the right length to control your dog and leather is easy on
- Practice U-turns. Turning into your dog and doing tight
circles helps train your dog to focus on you and avoid
distractions – good for reactive dogs.
- Practice attention exercise before, during and after walks.
- Have a helper hold a ball or treat 15 to 20 feet away.
Approach and if your dog pulls, do an about face and walk
Once your dog calms, turn around and approach the helper
again. Forward progress only happens when the leash is
loose. Your dog will learn that forward movement and reward
only happens on a slack leash.
So there you have it. A mini-massive action plan to get your
dog walking with you on leash.
You don’t have to do them all everyday. But just by doing a
couple of the steps each day and changing it up you’ll start
to get great results.