Would you like to enjoy the pleasure of being able to take your dog out for a walk without being attached to him by a leash? While there are leash laws in many towns, there are areas such as forest trails and beaches where you can let your dog roam without his leash.
There is no reason why you can't teach your dog this simple concept, except his stubbornness and natural desire to roam. You are going to need an ample supply of patience as there are so many different distractions your dog is likely to encounter on his walks.
Imagine how nice it would be for both of you to be able to go for a walk without having to worry about your dog running off at the turn of a hat. Knowing your dog will walk next to you no matter where you go together can lead to plenty of stress-free fun for both of you.
Being able to let your dog walk off-lead lets him get his exercise in a different manner. You can let him run free and explore the area he is walking in unfettered and feeling as though he is, at least to a certain extent, in control of his world. Your dog will definitely enjoy being able to walk off-leash.
The biggest problem is getting your dog to remain close to you in the ‘heel’ position unless you give him permission to wander. It is in your dog's nature to explore the territory around him and training him to go against this can be very challenging.
The earlier you start training your dog to walk off-leash the faster he is likely to learn to behave when he is not on the leash. Just remember, it could possibly take several months to get to the point at which your dog can be trusted to go for walks without his leash clipped in place.
There are a few things needed to train your pup to go for walks off the leash to make the training process go a little more quickly and successfully.
You will also need a quiet space to start the training in and to decide what commands you plan to use in order to get your dog to come back to you when he wanders too far off. The ‘heel’ command can be used to keep your dog at your side, the ‘come’ command can be used to bring him in when he gets too far away.