Are you walking your dog, or is he walking you? Learning how to walk your dog on a loose leash is important for safety, and will also make dog walking easier for both you and your dog.
[MUSIC PLAYING] We're here to talk about walking your dog on a loose leash today. It's much safer to have them calm by your side. You want to walk your dog, not have him walk you. An excited dog pulls hard on his leash. Short practice sessions will help change your dog's walking behavior to calm and polite. We recommend beginning in a low distraction area, like your backyard. Before training, play a quick game of fetch to help your dog get rid of some energy so he'll be ready to focus on training. Then make sure you have lots of small-sized treats so you can frequently reward him. We suggest treats with a strong aroma. Wrap your dog's leash around your thumb or forefinger with the rest in your hand. Now stand still with your dog sitting by your side, then walk forward. Be sure to give him a treat to reinforce this positive behavior. If your dog pulls, stop walking and stand still. He'll realize you're no longer walking and will return to you. Give him a reward, then start the walk all over again. Repeat each time he pulls on the leash. Use your happy voice to praise him when he stops pulling and give him a treat. He'll soon associate not pulling on the leash with your happy voice and treats. Once he's got it down on your back yard, try building up some more distracting environments to get your dog used to walking with a loose leash. Be consistent and your dog will follow. If he continues to pull, enroll in an interactive dog training program with a certified professional dog trainer. [MUSIC PLAYING]