Leash Training Basics For You And Your Dog
This article contains some Leash Training Basics For You and Your Dog. Applying the ideas here will make walking much more fun for the both of you.
Leash training is important for several reasons. Leash training is one of the basic things every dog owner must know in order to control it in public. Walking your dog on the leash is also one of the fastest ways to strengthen the “bond” between you and your dog.
Another benefit to walking your dog every day is that it helps to relieve your dog’s anxiety, stress and pent-up energy. This is critical in order to keep your dog out of trouble around the house.
Most dogs really look forward to walking with their owners. Leash pulling often begins before the leash is even hooked to the dog’s collar. When the dog finds out you are ready to go for a walk the excitement quickly builds. Sometimes even to a fever pitch. Your dog may act out in several ways. It may frantically run back and forth between you and the door. It may start jumping, spinning, barking and howling or a host of other things.
They do this because before you even get out of the door, your dog’s mind is already down the street.
It is important for you to make sure your dog calms down and relaxes before you even put the leash on. (Warning: This may take a little while at first, so plan in some extra time for it).
Allowing the dog to act out is fine as long as you don’t move forward until it calms down. If the excitement returns when you put the leash on, take a few more minutes to allow the dog to calm down again before you continue.
If you allow the walk to begin when your dog is excited, you have set the tone for the entire walk, and it will not be a pleasant one.
You need to train your dog to be calm if you expect it to walk calmly beside you. Have your dog “sit and stay” while you put the leash on. Don’t put it on until the dog stays calm. That tells your dog it must stay calm or the walk is not going to start.