Having your dog pull on his leash while you're on walks can be extremely frustrating. Maybe you have been on walks yourself and seen dogs walking their owners rather than owners walking their dogs. Watching an owner lose control of their dog can also be a scary thing to witness. Dogs who overpower their owners can lead owners straight into a street or face-planted on a sidewalk or asphalt. And dogs who walk their owners rather than the other way around can become a nuisance and possibly injure other animals.
Teaching your dog to loose leash walk gives you control with the leash while also keeping your dog close to you. However, the goal with loose leash walking is to teach your dog not to be distracted when he is walking with you and stay by your side so he is not pulling you along on walks. Loose leash walking gives you and your dog both the freedom to walk together without tugging on one another.
When you train your dog to loose leash walk, you are essentially teaching him to walk beside you without pulling on his leash. This is an easy training to do, especially with young dogs. But you can certainly teach any dog to loose leash walk. It just takes time and effort along with repetitive training. Loose leash walking will prevent your dog from pulling you along and walking you. You and your dog can walk side-by-side or your dog can heel next to you or just behind as you walk him along. Loose leash walking focuses on avoiding distractions and listening and obeying. When you teach your dog to loose leash walk you will have control over how your dog behaves on his leash. A well-mannered dog with specific leash manners will walk with a loose leash and not pull his owner along.
Should I let my dog play with other dogs when I walk him? He pulls but I am working on that with him. When I see other dogs walking, I let him play with them. Should I do that?
Hello Kien, If he pulls to get to them, he should not be allowed to play. Check out the article that I have linked below to work on him pulling to get over to them. https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs In general, when you want him to play with a dog tell him to "Go Play", and if you don't tell him that command he should not be allowed to play or go over to another dog. You want him to learn to ignore other dogs unless given permission to say hi so that he will not get overexcited around other dogs during walks, but will relax instead. There are pros and cons to letting him meet or not letting him meet. If he doesn't meet, he is more likely to be calm on walks. If he does meet, he will likely continue to like dogs (as long as you are careful to keep the interactions friendly and avoid dogs that don't want to meet or are showing aggressive or tense body language). Don't let him be rude to the other dog when he meets. The most important thing is for him to only greet them while being mannerly to the other dog and polite to you (by not pulling, listening, and only trying to meet if given permission). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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