Today at the Dog Blog we have a very interesting take on something very close to all Dog owner’s hearts, loose leash training. This is a guest post, and if you would like to submit an article of your own please feel free to use the contact form to get more information.
Patience, love, lots of deep breaths, steadfastness and attention to detail
Attach leash to dogs collar (preferably a martingale/no-slip or flat buckle)
Wait in front of door you will be exiting until dog sits. Dog will whine, jump and protest; act completely unaffected by the poor manners; dog will eventually give up and sit down; praise lavishly in a high pitched happy voice
Reach for door knob then pause, dog will get up from sit and eagerly go for the door, remove your hand from the knob and stand paying no attention to the dog until he returns to the sit position
Repeat above step as necessary until the dog remains sitting as you turn the knob and begin to open the door just a crack
As the door opens the dog will get up from the sitting position and try to go through the opening; the minute the dogs bottom lifts off the floor shut the door, remove your hand from the knob and pay no attention to the dog until he returns to the sit position; once in the sit position praise lavishly in a high pitched happy voice
Repeat above step as necessary until the dog remains sitting while you open the door completely
Give your dog a release command such as “ok” or “let’s go” and take a single step forward; the dog will jerk forward; stand firm and ignore the dog, dog will continue to pull, might walk close to owner but then will immediately dart forward again; wait the dog out, he will usually give a calming signal such as a yawn, lip lick, or sigh and then return to the owner in a silent surrender. Praise the dog lavishly in a high pitched happy voice
Take a step forward and repeat the above step; the amount of time it takes for the dog to surrender will decrease each time until the dog no longer pulls but only if you NEVER let the dog walk even a step until he loosens the leash on his own, without the use of force or coursing by either walking behind the handler or returning to the left side of the handler and waiting
This recipe was provided by Rachel from TheDogTrainingSecret.com For more information on Loose Leash Training and other dog obedience issues check out their site.