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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Loose Leash Walking - Pulling Begets Pulling

Many of us keep our dogs on leash - because it's the law, because it's safer, as a courtesy to others, etc..
But just because the leash is on, it doesn't mean we should use it like a steering wheel.

Whenever we tug on the leash, we might invoke our dog's opposition reflex

When we need to stop or change direction, we can inform our dogs and ask them to come with us.

Ideally, we would practice some cues at home in a boring environment first - such as "leave it", or "with me" or "turn"

But once we are outside and our dogs have a bit of trouble paying attention to us, we can try lightly tapping our thighs or clicking our mouths or whistling, or making a swish sound. Not anything annoying or scary - just something to get their attention. When we do get their attention, be sure to reward. Even if the attention is slow in coming.

For more on this see Turid Rugaas's My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do?

And see the video below

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