Your Doberman is just what you hoped he would be. He’s tough, strong, obedient and intelligent. He loves spending time with you in the house and messing around with the kids. However, what he enjoys the most is going out for walks. The only problem is that you’ve recently injured yourself, so holding him on a leash when he’s so big and strong can prove difficult. What would be fantastic is if you could train him to walk off the leash.
If you succeed you can have the same relaxing stroll, you just won’t have to hold onto his leash and worry about being pulled and further hurting yourself. This type of training is also good for increasing your control and asserting your position as a pack leader. As a result, training him to do a range of other things may prove easier too.
Training your Doberman to walk calmly off a leash will not be straightforward. They are big, strong dogs who understandably want to run around and sniff everything in sight. So training will require using positive reinforcement to keep him by your side. You will need to create an invisible perimeter.
If he’s a puppy he should be a quick learner. This means you could see results in just a few weeks. However, if he’s older and never walked calmly off a leash then you may need a while longer. It could take up to three months before you see consistent results. Get this training right and you will be able to relax when you are near roads and busy traffic. In addition, you will be able to trust him to behave when he’s around other pets and people too.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. The most important component will be tasty treats. However, you can also break his favourite food into small chunks.
A clicker will also be needed for one of the methods. You don’t need to set aside time each day, you can train when you are out on your daily walk.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!