You are not alone! Leash pulling is an extremely common issue among dog owners!
The good news is, your walks have the potential to be very enjoyable if you follow the heeling training fundamentals in this video with practice and patience!
Here are the most important steps you should remember when teaching your dog to “heel”:
1️⃣ Get your dog’s focus before you start walking.
The biggest mistake people make during leash training is they lose their dog’s focus before they even start walking!
Why does this matter? Think about it like this...
If your dog is already in his own world before you even leave your house, how the hell do you expect to get his focus and get him to listen to you when exposed to all of the distractions of the outside world?!
2️⃣ Aim for 100% focus on the walk!
Anytime your dog looks down or away from you it can lead to pulling, which is why it’s imperative that you maintain your dog’s focus as much as possible throughout your walk.
When you notice your dog’s focus wavering, call his/her name and reinforce this behavior with a clicker word “Yes!” and a reward such as a treat.
3️⃣ If the leash tightens while walking your dog, STOP!
If your dog pulls at any point on the walk, stop and get his focus.
4️⃣ Once your dog stops, command your dog to “heel”.
As always, redirection is key to shaping behavior! When your dog pulls on the leash, you want to redirect him to “heel” at your side. The ideal loose leash walking position is when your dog is walking by your side without tension on the leash and looking up at you!
To get your dog to “heel” when he’s pulling in front of you, take a step back and lure him to this position and make your dog sit. Then take a step forward and resume walking!
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