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What's the best way to start leash training my dog?

asked 2014-11-23 16:41:01 -0500

I got a new puppy a few weeks ago, and we definitely need to do some leash training. He pulls a ton on our walks and is super stubborn. He's also less motivated by food than he is by love and attention (by people and dogs), so it's particularly challenging when other people and dogs walk by. Does anyone have some good tips for how to get this kind of training started?

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Sovar E.'s profile imageSovar E. ( 2016-07-26 05:49:39 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-12-10 16:29:29 -0500

Your dog may be more food motivated than you think. In training we talk about the value of treats, low value treats might be the kibble they eat everyday, vs high value treats that include chicken, cheese, hot dogs, steak, etc.. It takes a bit of trial and error to find what you dogs likes most. My dogs like carrots, frozen bananas, string cheese, chicken to name a few. It's important that the treat be cut up into small pieces. Personally, I like Zuke's Mini Naturals. They are small, 3 calories, and ,most dogs like them. Try to avoid working with your dog after meals. It is best for to feed about an hour after training.

Start leash training in your backyard or in the house.Use a treat to keep the dog at your side. When the dog begins to pull, stop and have the dog sit. Use a treat to keep the dog's focus on you. If he keeps pulling, make a U-turn with the puppy on the outside of the turn and head in the other direction. Don't wait for the puppy, just go. Walk about 30' and make another U-turn. You may need to take walks that are a constant U-turn up and down the street for 15 mins.

Good luck.

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answered 2014-12-16 16:46:46 -0500

I avoid training a dog with treats because I will eventually run out of them or not have them handy. I reward a dog by rubbing under his/her chin and upper chest and saying "good dog" when they are behaving.

I've also found amazing success with a bungee cord style leash. Bungee Pupee (Google it!) has a good selection of durable styles or you can find bungee cord supplies in craft stores and try to DIY.

I still use the Bungee Pupee leash I got 3 years ago so I think they are durable. They also work really well with harnesses. I've successfully broken a few dogs from the habit of pulling on the leash with this training Good luck!

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