Tools to Teach Loose Leash Walking

Dogs love the time of the day when they go out for their daily walk. They become happy and excited because our pooches enjoy exploring the world outside. But as soon as you walk out your otherwise well-behaved dog may begin to whine or lose control because he wants to explore.

For dog-parents and pet sitter, having to pull on the leash constantly doesn’t only cause the arms to ache but also poses a danger. Your dog may get away and lick or eat up something poisonous. Therefore it is vital to train loose leash walking to your dog. If you are one of the troubled dog-parents, this guide is just what you need.

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    Before moving on to the required tools, I will discuss a few tips that must be kept in mind. You need to remember that patience is critical; it will take time for your dog to learn. The primary reason dogs begin to pull is that they want to roam around freely, but the leashes hinder their motion. It irritates the dog, and he may indicate his annoyance by barking or continuing to pull with greater force.
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    Don’t shout or punish your dog instead train him calmly and he will quickly learn. Begin the training as a game, use cues to tell your dog what to do and reward him every time he complies with your commands. It will help reinforce positive behavior.
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    Make sure the dog is exercised before you take him for training as the excess energy if not drained, may cause problems. Teach your dog where sniffing is allowed and where it isn’t. Begin the practice by taking him to an enclosed field as that would be a safer option.

Tools that Can Help You Train Your Pooch:

No-Pull Harness:

There are different leashes and collars available, but a no-pull leash for dogs is the ideal equipment because it offers better control than the others. When your pup exerts a force on the harness, it makes him feel uncomfortable due to which he releases the tension.

It is critical to choose a device that doesn’t trigger pain to discourage your dog from pulling which is why these are the best. There are different kinds that you can purchase, each with its pros and cons.

Front Range Harness

It has two attachment points; you can also adjust it for dogs of different sizes. It comfortably fits around the dog and doesn’t have any straps around the shoulders. The only drawback is the ring being a little small in size.

Body Harness

It is the type that embraces the dog’s waist to prevent exerting pressure on his throat. It distributes the force uniformly on your pup’s body hence it doesn’t cause your dog any discomfort while providing maximum control. It is ideal for large dogs.

Head Halters

Not to be mistaken for a muzzle, head halter is a tool that allows you to control big dogs with minimal strength. It goes over the dog's nose and neck; some varieties go from under the chin. It helps you control the dog’s head, and the entire body follows accordingly. Make sure it isn’t tight enough for your pooch to cause discomfort.

Treats for your Pooch!

These help in teaching your dog to be well-behaved. Whenever your pup pulls on the leash, start walking in a different direction. When your dog follows, reward him for complying with your instructions.

Training Cues:

Use your voice or anything that interests your dog as a cue. Whenever your dog pulls on the leash, turn in the reverse direction and give him the signal to follow. Gradually your dog will learn that he has to walk in your direction, praise him each time he follows the cue.

The final thought:

These tools can be quite useful however you need to keep in mind that the equipment won’t train the dog. You’ll have to put in the time and effort to teach your pup. Furthermore for harnesses always try to accustom your dog to the equipment before making your pooch wear it for the training. Combine these tools with practical teaching skills and your dog will quickly learn the art of loose leash walking.

Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

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