I’ll teach you how to get your dog to stop pulling on the leash

This will, at first, turn an ordinary 20-minute walk around the block in to a 20-minute training session in your front yard. That's OK! This is a training exercise, so, don't expect to go on an actual walk with a destination. Don't get discouraged and don't give up! This is NOT about making it around the block! It's about making it as far as you can with a loose leash! To make the training session even more exciting for your dog, you should also change direction frequently and turn around often. Distance is not the goal (see below)!

How to use the “Premack principle” to teach your dog to check in with you when off leash.

Prong/pinch collar: The American Kennel Club recognizes that special training collars may be an effective and useful management device, when properly used, for controlling dogs that might be extremely active, difficult to control on a neck collar, or dog aggressive. These collars are also recognized as possibly useful for gaining control at the start of basic obedience training, essential education that dogs deserve and need. Contact a qualified trainer or behaviorist for assistance with one of these devices, and note that they are not permitted for use while competing in AKC events. Also, with proper training (and assistance for a veterinary behaviorist, if necessary), your dog can learn to using one of the recommended devices above. Training for the test includes loose-leash walking and can be a rewarding way to help your dog overcome minor issues during a walk. If your pet is showing or other behavior issues, speak with your veterinarian, who can provide you with resources to solve the problem safely.

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How did I do it? How can you do the same with your leash reactive dog? If your dog already pulls on leash, you’ll want to begin training the “check-in” behavior in a location with low distractions. In other words, start where your dog is most likely to succeed at looking at you. If he’s very excited about being out for a walk, he’ll probably be too distracted to start learning a new behavior in that context, so avoid starting the training while actually out walking.

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Walking with a dog on leash can look like many different things: dog on the left in a traditional “heeling” position, dog on the right, dog in the front, dog zig-zagging with his nose to the ground . . . for the purposes of this article, all are correct, as long as there is no tension in the leash. The goal is walking harmoniously with your dog – and “checking in” is the key ingredient to creating the type of relationship that is conducive to harmonious walks. You can help your dog develop the habit of frequently checking in with you simply by reinforcing the behavior.

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