- Get your dog to “walk loose on the leash” every time.
- At first you should do this in your home.
- Use a word or phrase to let your dog know you are moving.
- Once you say that phrase you have to move.
- Example: Come-On, let’s go, let’s walk, or let’s work.
- Be very consistent when you say that word or phrase.
- With your dog on-leash and walking around inside your home:
- As long as she is loose on the leash, you praise!
- Which side doesn’t matter or if she is in front or behind.
- PRAISE her!
- If she starts to resist and does not want to go the way you are going:
- Repeat the phrase.
- Motivate her while you KEEP MOVING.
- When the dog slows down you slow down.
- When the dog stops you stop.
- You have to let your dog know you are the one in control.
- Whenever you say that phrase – you move.
- As your dog gets better in your house it is time to move it to the yard.
- Stay within your normal walking area.
- Plan on going in after a few minutes of successful loose-leash walking.
- Start with just two or three minutes of success.
- Increase by just a minute or two until you feel confident you can go for a longer walk.
- In the beginning – go to an area without a lot of distractions.
- How Bennie walks with his dog:
- I let my dog sniff the first few times.
- Then it is a “No, Come-On” and we are on.
- If he needs to go to the bathroom, I stop and let him.
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