Loose Leash Walking Combining the Parts

When you go for a walk now, combine all of your skills for loose leash walking. Make sure you have your treats with you. If your dog pulls, back up or stand still until he loosens the leash. Be more stubborn than he is.

Use your "leave it" command when you are walking and your dog is about to lunge at something, like a cat or another dog. Tell him to "leave it" before he lunges. If he looks at you, praise and reward enthusiastically. If not, try a leash correction. If he doesn't respond to that, turn and walk in the other direction. Keep going until your dog gives up and looks away. Reward and try again. You can also use the spray bottle in this situation. Be patient, and don't lose your temper! However, don't be afraid to be firm.

Also, use the leave it command if your dog tries to stop and sniff when you don't want him to. Walks are for giving you and your dog exercise, so no stopping for sniffing.

Don't forget the most important thing: reward your dog often when he is walking nicely on leash. He doesn't have to be looking at you.

In my obedience classes, the test for loose leash walking is to be able to walk around my training school with your leash tied to the collar with a thread. If the thread breaks, you don't pass!

Praise, Practice, Persistence, and Positive Reinforcement all combine to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash.

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