Training Your Dog to Walk Better on Leash with Erika Gonzalez | Pupford
June 29th, 2023
Filed under Training
Imagine a walk where your arm doesn’t constantly feel like it’s going to be ripped out of its socket. Ahh we can dream.
Walking our dog doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be enjoyable! With proper training (and PATIENCE on our part) we can help our dog to understand that it is actually more beneficial for them to give in to leash pressure.
Here is a training exercise you can try at home to get your dog to walk better on leash.
CONNECT WITH ERIKA
Erika is a CCDT with 9 years of experience. She specializes in coaching pet parents to train their dogs for basic life skills and behavior modification. She is the founder of From Dusk Till Dog, LLC and is a mentor-trainer for CATCH Canine Trainers Academy.
In her spare time, Erika and her husband John, enjoy , Jade (American Staffordshire Terrier) and Freddie (Chihuahua mix), watching good movies, and spending time with family. Erika’s mission is to not only bring you value through her content, but to enhance the relationship with your dog along the way.
Erika's Website: https://www.fromdusktilldog.com/
Erika's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChGLy20lhLasdOZMOAILPsQ
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Erika's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/dogtrainingaudioex/
TEACHING YOUR DOG TO WALK BETTER ON LEASH
TOOLS YOU NEED
PLAYING THE GAME
- Place treat or toys (or something valuable to your dog) on the ground
- The moment your dog pulls on the leash to go towards that reward, use a positive attention sound or food lure to have your dog turn around and come towards you
- As soon as your dog starts to turn and give into that leash pressure, “yes” or click then immediately reinforce with a food reward
- Note: If your dog is having difficulty with this use a less valuable reward on the ground and rewarding them with something higher value or move further from the distraction on the ground
- Put the distraction on the ground and when the leash gets tight see if you can gently move with the leash in the opposite direction. Be careful not to jerk the leash
- The second your dog moves in the opposite direction with you, mark and reward
- Note: If your dog has trouble, use that food lure to help turn them around with you, or use positive attention sounds to get them going in the right direction
Practice this until your dog feels comfortable with these behaviors. Then move to a new environment and practice some more! Remember to move at your dog’s pace, so that you can set them up for success.
With time, practice, and positive reinforcement you will be able to help your dog walk better on a leash!