Perfect the art of loose lead walking today!
Many of us know what it’s like to be pulled down the road with an over-excited dog at the other end of the lead, desperate to get to those exciting smells just that little bit quicker.
If this sounds familiar, imagine how much of a difference it would make to enjoy a leisurely stroll at your own pace, with a dog who walks perfectly – all the time!
Having to hang on for dear life can really take the fun out of dog walking, and what’s more is that yours or your dog’s safety could be at risk too, so it’s important that you train them to walk properly early on.
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Whether your dog is a young pup or a mature adult they can be trained relatively quickly, and you can both have a lot of fun along the way. So, you don’t need to ‘accept’ that your walks will always be frantic and stressful. If that’s the case, it’s time to nip it in the bud now – there are tonnes of trainers who can help you perfect loose-lead walking so you can both enjoy your strolls from now on.
The Benefits of Perfecting Loose-Lead Walking
- Your dog can get the exercise they need. Let’s face it, if dogs are difficult to walk, some owners may choose to avoid taking them out every day which often makes the problem worse.
- The risk of strains and injuries to both dogs and their owners are significantly reduced. You are less likely to get lead burns, a jolted back or be pulled over, and your dog won’t hurt their necks, shoulders, backs or paws.
- You’ll benefit from the exercise, fresh-air and health effects from regular walking. Dogs are a great way to get us out and about a lot more.
- Your dog is much less likely to pull you or them into oncoming traffic or snap their lead if they are walking at a controlled pace.
- Walks become much more enjoyable instead of stressful, rushed events. You can take in the scenery, chat to fellow walkers and take the time to clear your mind.
- The relationship and communication between you and your dog will be much better as you start to understand each other’s expectations.
- You can show off to your neighbours – no more curtain twitching as you get dragged down the street by your over enthusiastic pup.
What the Trainers Say
Carolann Dyson, owner of Side by Side Dog Training shares some useful advice on how to begin training your dog to walk on a loose lead.
“We all love to go on a good walk with our dogs, but loose-lead walking can be one of the hardest behaviours to train. So, getting it right in the early days will make walking with your dog much more enjoyable for both of you.
Dogs generally only pull to get to where they want to go. Here at Side-by-Side Dog Training, we help you manage access to things that your dog wants, so they quickly learn that they will be rewarded for walking nicely.
The first step is really about making sure your dog is motivated to respond to you, as well as ensuring that all associations with walking on their lead are positive. You can use clicker training, or simply turn your dog in the opposite direction when they start to pull.
There are lots of games you can play that teach your dog they can only access the ‘good stuff’, if they walk nicely.
For example, you can set yourself up in the garden with two pots of food and walk between them. If your dog walks nicely, then they can have a reward from the pot.
You can repeat this as many times as you need and once you have mastered this at home it’s time to take it on the road.
Don’t leave the house in the same direction where your dog will habitually pull, turn left instead of right.
Dogs are highly intelligent and they learn best through positive and fun training methods. There are many tools available that claim to help, but the best way is always to put in the effort to train your dog to walk with you. Be the envy of other dog owners as they admire how nicely your dog trots beside you!”
Side by Side Dog Training in Tadley and Bramley, Reading
Side by Side Dog Training offers a range of dog training services in and around Tadley and Bramley.
Carolann is a qualified IMDT Trainer as well as a Canine First Aider and is generally mad about dogs.
All sessions are delivered in a fun, safe and positive way, meaning that both dog and owner get the most out of each session. And you can book a loose-lead training walk with us for only £25.
Book Your Place
If you’re in the Reading area and you and your dog need help to work on loose-lead walking, or to overcome other behaviours, you can book in with Carolann today.
To find dog trainers in your local area you can search The Canine Directory.