Loose Leash Walking

Lets be honest, this is not an easy task to master!  But I get a lot of calls regarding it, because life with a dog that pulls is not fun either!  Here are some tips on starting out on loose leash walking.  For more information call 248.919.8160 or email us at everafterpetcare@gmail.com

Puppies
Let your little one get used to a leash first.  Start by letting him or her drag the leash around the house for a few minutes.  Then once in a while pick up the end and apply just a little pressure.  You want your puppy to realize that pulling doesn’t take away the pressure, but “giving in” does ….. The first few times using a leash your little puppy may thrash around, that’s OK! Don’t stop, and DON’T pull back. They will calm, and when they do, comfort them by a small praise such as a treat or your soothing voice.

Adult Dogs
An adult with a history of pulling or no experience with walking will require more time to learn not to actually pull.  Consistency is the key, and short fun sessions are best for an adult dog.  For a dog that gets distracted too, change directions and speed.  This will force the dog to focus and keep their interest and listening on you.  With a handful of treats use a long space in your home (like a hallway) to start off.  Once you can maneuver through your house successfully, venture out to your own back yard, THEN the sidewalks of your neighborhood.

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