However, it's so easy to accept poor behavior on a leash, even when you don't mean to.
Picture the scene: It's a bright sunny day, the birds are singing, and it's perfect for a game of ball in the park. You pop the dog on his leash and you both set off. Only he knows the ball is in your pocket and is super-excited. In the spirit of "Come on, Mum, let's get to the park," he pulls you along, eager to get the fun started.
The trouble is that when you tag along behind, the dog has now learned that pulling gets him where he wants to go--in other words, the behavior just rewarded itself. Oops! See where this is heading? Your dog has taught himself to pull and it becomes an established habit.
How to stop this and have a dog that walks nicely on the leash? Read on...
Good leash behavior involves the dog pacing attentively to your heel (which side is a matter of personal choice, but it's best to elect a favorite side and stick with it), without pulling, and sitting when you stop.
There should also be some slack in the lead, rather than it being tight as a hawser attached to a tow truck. To achieve this level of attention requires that the dog first accepts the collar and leash, and is comfortable wearing them. And then that they understand what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Getting this information across in a fun and a non-threatening way is the essence of good training.
To aid the lessons you'll need: