Join Date: Jul 2008
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The instinct to pull back on a leash when you're being pulled is great, both in human and dog. The key to leash walking is quick, light, wrist-snap tugs when Fido pulls along with a correction, "no". Much praise is needed when walking is done nicely.
The best thing to do is start with the dog sitting by your side. Say "Walk" or Let's walk" or whatever you want your command to be. I use "stay with me". If the dog starts to pull or walk ahead, stop immediately, back up two feet and start in the sit position again. You may have to do this 50+ times. It's to teach Fido that no forward motion will take place as long as pulling is happening.
So sit, "walk" and immediately stop if he pulls. To encourage the dog to stay at your leg and follow your commands: use a piece of treat, held by your leg, low so the dog knows it's there. Cheese works good, and they can chew on it if they want, as long as they continue to walk.
Consistency is key. Rico walks fine with me, but won't stop the pulling with my DH, cause he knows he can get away with it. Hard thing, but worth the time and effort.
If you are on your duty walk, make sure the dog knows this is his time. Don't confuse duty walks with structured "Walk" walks. A structured walk and just a loose leash walk are two different things.
Rory aka Rico & Lucy's mom