Training your dog to stay by your side is an imperative command when you are out and about on leash or off-leash. Having your dog run from you because of a distraction or over-excitement can be quite scary and dangerous. If you are at a dog park or even just on a neighborhood walk where other animals may come across your dog, you want to your dog to remain safe and close to you so you can help protect him. Dogs who walk off-leash often need to know how to stay by their owner's side. Dogs who hike with their owners in public spaces off leash or dogs who go to restaurants or walk around town off-leash are the dogs who are expected to be well-behaved and next to their owners at all times. Training their dogs to remain by their side is the only way these owners can have their dogs completely off-leash.
Training your dog to be off leash and by your side will start with training your dog to be on-leash and by your side. You will want to teach your dog to heel. Whether your goal is for your dog to be on-leash or off-leash all of the time, you're going to need to train your dog to avoid distractions and keep his attention on you. If you move, your expectation should be that he moves with you. If you sit still, your expectation should be that he sits still with you. Though this can be taught at any age, it's often easier to teach puppies and younger dogs from the start how to stay by your side.
Training your dog to stay by your side will require daily small sessions of training. You will want to be consistent in your rules and how you decide to train your dog to stay by your side. You may need a leash to start even if your plan is to have your dog off leash once he is fully trained. High-value treats will help entice your dog to stay with you as well as to reward good behavior. Be patient and build daily training sessions into your days.
It’s very hard to get my dog to heel because We bought her from an abusive owner and she feels very uncomfortable being on a leash. She can do “sit” and “stay” but just not heel or would ever follow me by my side. Help?
Hello, why not try the Treat Lure Method as described here, in the guide for learning to heel without a leash: https://wagwalking.com/training/heel-without-a-leash. It describes steps with a leash, but go ahead and work on it without. To help her accept the leash, be patient, and try the Drag Method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash. For her safety, she'll need the leash to go on walks and adventures, something that will be therapeutic and enjoyable for her. Good luck and all the best to Baby!
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Hello. I received Cocoa from a friend earlier this year. She's nearly a perfect dog but I have some problems I'm looking for advice on.
1. She bolts when off leash and will not come back when called. I have to follow her and wait for her to stop on her own and catch her. She bolts out the door, and likes to chase distractions. I've
2. She is very excited to meet people and runs full-force at them to greet them. This scares a close friend of mine to the point that she is scared of cocoa due to an injured leg that she fears cocoa will bump into.
3. And finally,my landlady owns multiple cats. I enjoy cats and would like to have a kitten of my own someday, however cocoa loves to chase small animals. Cats included. This worries me and my landlady. I do not know what she would do if she caught a cat. But she only seems curious unless the cat hisses or reacts negatively, then she retaliates by chasing.
I'm looking for non-violent, positive advice. I love this dog, but I do not enjoy having to follow her across multiple yards when she gets loose, keeping her away from cats and my close friend, and her pulling really strongly on leash.
Hello, First, check out the article on teaching come. Pay special attention to the sections of using a long leash to proof Come around distractions and using the PreMack Principle to improve Come. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Second, I suggest working on a high level Place command with pup. Practice teaching her to go to Place, then gradually work up to her being able to stay on Place while you leave the room. Work up to her being able to stay on place for up to 30 minutes, then have a friend or family member practice knocking on the door and herd pup back to place each time she gets off when she gets excited. This will take a lot of repetition. You should be like a soccer goalie using your body to block her from leaving the area and guiding her back to the Place. Keep a drag leash on her to stop her form bolting if she manages to get past you. Practice Place this way until she can stay on Place when someone rings the doorbell/knocks, you leave the room, and a new person enters with you. This is entirely possible but will take a lot of practice from you both. This routine is a great routine for practicing impulse control and calmness for her in general. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/what-tricks-can-i-train-my-dog/ Third, use Place and Heel to teach her to pay attention to you around the cats and ignore them. Check out the video linked below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWF2Ohik8iM Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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