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Leash walking in North York/Toronto

Doing leash manners for Dogs the right way!

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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:

  1. Exercise your dog. Too much pent up energy makes it
    impossible for you to walk your dog.
  2. Spend five minutes in the morning and afternoon teaching
    your dog to follow a food lure at your side in low distraction
    areas.
  3. Use a head halter for the next few weeks so walks are
    less of a struggle.
  4. Practice changing directions when your dog starts to pull.
  5. Use the right leash. Six foot leather is the best. It is
    the right length to control your dog and leather is easy on
    the hands.
  6. 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.
  7. Practice attention exercise before, during and after walks. 
  8. 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
    away.

    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.

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