Your dog needs walking, the kids could do with getting out of the house and there are a couple of bits you’d like to pick up from town. The only problem is you’ve only got two hands. If he could just follow you without a leash he’d make your life a whole lot easier. You could push the stroller and carry bags of groceries. It would almost make taking him with you to do any number of chores stress-free.
This training wouldn’t just make trotting down the street easier, it would also make training him to follow other commands easier too. The more training you do with him, the quicker he will learn, from ‘wait’ to ‘roll over’. You’d also swiftly become known as the dog whisperer. While most owners struggle to get their dogs to sit, yours will silently and obediently follow you everywhere you go.
This type of training isn’t a walk in the park, it requires hard work and patience. You will mainly be using obedience commands to assert your control and communicate to your dog what you want him to do. The difficulty comes because you have to be consistent and sacrifice a lot of time. If he’s a young puppy he should be receptive and respond to training in just a couple of weeks. He may well be stuck in his ways if he’s older but he’s probably more subdued on walks anyway, which will also make it a little easier. Regardless of their age, though, be prepared to commit to several weeks to training.
The rewards will be more than worth it when you have a dog who doesn’t need any looking after when you’re out and about. When you want to teach him to do a back flip, or catch a tennis ball in the air, you’ll find that he responds to training much quicker.
Before you lose the leash you’re going to need a few things. An extendable leash will be the very first thing you need. A quiet space, like a big yard or a field will also be required. Try and ensure you train in an area that isn’t close to busy roads--you don’t want to risk a traffic collision.
Also, stock up on treats or his favorite food, they will play a key role in motivating and rewarding him throughout the training process. Time, persistence and a positive mental attitude will also come in handy.
Once you’re armed with all of that, you’re ready to start!