Join Date: Mar 2010
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While no puppy comes trained to walk nicely on a loose leash, or a formal or informal heel... some dogs prefer to be right by your side. My Oz (anatolian is like that). also, I never let him walk in front of me when he was a puppy, so he always walks at an informal heel.
things that have worked for me:
1) get a 3-4 foot wooden stick, from Micheal's craft store, you need it to be long enough so your non-leash hand can dangle a treat at the end of the stick (skewer the treat at the end of the stick, so not a thick diameter stick). dangle a high value treat maybe 4-6 inches in front of your pup, reward maybe begin with 30 seconds, then increase the time interval. be sure he's walking where you want him to be, in line with you. so either at the seam of your pant leg, or 1 foot slightly in front or behind you, whatever it is you want.
2) if he pulls, stop immediately. realign yourself with him (don't let him keep walking in front of you), then resume your walk. stop EVERY time he pulls. hav's are smart he'll get it 3-5 times in a row.
3) if he pulls, go the opposite direction. I just walk backwards so I can watch him. let him walk a few steps in the opposite direction, then resume going forward.
the first one was the most helpful for me.