Getting dragged along the street when you're trying to have a relaxing walk with your dog is no fun at all! In fact it makes you darn cranky!
Your shoulder aches, your back aches and you can't wait to get home...
It's not pleasant for you or the dog, my dog used to make awful choking noises when we walked him before he was trained. It is soooo much easier walking him now. Now we both enjoy his walk.
And the great thing was it wasn't complicated to train him. With Doggy Dan's Training it can sometimes be a 5 minute turnaround as Dan demonstrates in his video at the bottom of this article.
Let me first explain the really key mistakes that people make when walking their dog.
There are many tricks to getting your dog to walk beside you calmly on the leash and if your dog is one of those "determined" dogs, they can be large or small breeds, you may need to know all of these tricks to master the walk with them.
But in general, the tips I'm about to give you will really help you, so let's get started shall we?
Keeping your dog CALM is the most important point to start with, if you leave the house with your dog all ramped up, like the one in the video, then you're going to have a more difficult time trying to get them to walk calmly.
So how do we calm this Raging Bull I hear you say? Ok, well the number one thing to start with is this...
1. Calming your dog down.
Think about the build up to leaving the house. Your dog sees the leash and Wham! Your peaceful sleeping dog becomes a raging ball of energy. They start jumping up, wagging their tail, you can't even get them to stand still to put the leash on!
At this stage if you give in and put the leash on them, you're reinforcing their bad behaviour with a reward, which is the lead.
If this cycle continues their behaviour will get more extreme. They are becoming MORE excited and not calm at all.
This continues as they drag you out the door, and down the path getting more and more excited as they go. So the thing that you must do, the next time you prepare to walk your dog is WAIT for them to calm down...Simply pick up the leash and wait for them to calm down, take your time with this.
Put the leash down on the table or even put the leash away and ignore their antics until they calm down, carry on doing what you were doing before, it may take several attempts over a long period, but your dog will eventually calm down and get it.
When they are calm you can try again and repeat until they are totally relaxed as you attach the leash. Repeat the process once you are on the path, if they get excited, wait until they are calm to move off again, sometimes at the beginning you may need to postpone the walk until they respond calmly, they will soon get the message if you are consistent.
It may seem tedious but it's much better to sort out this bad habit now than put up with being dragged around the block for the next 10 years or more.
Note: The issue will not “self correct”.
Now step two is a simple exercise that involves you turning around when your dog pulls ahead.
2. Before you start your walk... look at which way your dog wants to go and change direction, If they want to go left, then you lead them to the right.
Take a step to the right and repeat this until they are actually taking notice of what you are doing.
On your walk, you could simply change direction and go the other way when your dog starts to pull ahead.
Don't wait until your dog is way ahead of you, do it early. This way your dog ends up behind you every time.
It can take some time, but your dog will eventually get it.
3. There are many great devices out there to assist you in getting your dog to heel, chose one that suits you. In the video you can see Doggy Dan using a very special harness where the attachment is under the dogs chin.
This is very different from a traditional harness where the attachment is on the back and the dog ends up pulling like a train.
4.Remember, you are the pack leader and you must be the one to Lead...
The pack leader always leads from the front, if you're dog doesn't recognise you as the pack leader they will fight for the spot at the front and it won't be a pleasant walk.
You can't trick a dog, especially the determined, strong minded ones!
Learning to be the Pack Leader is a whole topic on its own...and it's the basis of Doggy Dan's world-famous training method.
He's developed 5 Golden Rules, which when followed daily, help you become the pack leader in a calm and gentle way.
You'll see on his video website The On Line Trainer
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He states that you first need to establish yourself as the pack leader before any training takes place, you can do this using the 5 Rules, he stresses that is the answer to solving all dog behaviour problems.
5.There are loads of extra tips and tricks such as... knowing how to give the lead a little extra pull without being harsh. Learning when and where to let your dog go and sniff and pee pee, that's the reason you're walking them in the first place, sniffing is like reading the paper for a dog, it tells them so much about other dogs and they enjoy it, as well as marking their spot, so they do need some freedom to do this.
If you would like to master this today, then check out Doggy Dan's website The On Line Dog Trainer, he has over 250 Videos on all aspects of dog training, it really is THE Best Dog Training site on line.
There are 7 excellent videos on the subject of mastering the walk, showing you how to deal with every issue and answer questions you may have.
There is even a 30minute Audio that you can listen to while you walk.
You will enjoy your walks so much more once you master this method, your dog will enjoy it more too, being calm and not pulling and choking on the walk.