Walking on a Loose Leash Part I

In order to not pull on leash, your dog will have to pay attention to where you are. Let's teach that first. As always, we will show our dogs what we want them to do before training them what we don't want them to do. Treats will show your dog in a positive way where you want him to be.

Hold your leash in one hand and about five pieces of food in the other. Hold your leash in your left hand and food in your right, or vice versa, whatever is more comfortable for you. Hold the food close to your dog's nose, using it like a magnet to keep your dog by your side. Give your dog a piece of food every two to three steps. Try to keep walking as you do it. This will be awkward at first, but with practice, you'll get better at getting the food in your dog's mouth, and he'll learn to eat while he is walking. When your food runs out, release him, praise, and start over.

One of the easiest ways to start is with a long-handled plastic cooking spoon. Spread squeeze cheese from a can or peanut butter from a tube onto the spoon. Hold your leash in your right hand and the spoon in your left. Your dog will learn to lick and walk at the same time. This technique saves your back if you have a little dog. It also prevents your dog from nibbling too hard on your fingers, and you won't keep dropping treats on the ground.

Keep talking to your dog in a happy tone of voice to help keep his attention.

Use food as a magnet to keep your dog by your side. (German Shepherd)

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