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Gillian
5th March 2006, 10:21 PM
Can anyone tell me how to stop a dog straining on the leash>? The problem is that I dont have a garden or anywhere where Kayla can run free so when I take her for a walk I dont want her to be in heel position all the time. But I also dont want her taking me for a walk. Help please??

Gillian :?

Moviedust
6th March 2006, 09:55 PM
There are a number of strategies I have used for loose-lead walking. Here are my suggestions.

How old is your dog? If the dog is a little pup and unfamiliar with the leash, lure the dog with a treat to walk forward, following you (as you walk backward).

At this stage, also work on the "watch me" command. Hold a treat up to your face with the verbal command. When the dog makes eye contact, give the treat. Hold the dog's attention for longer and longer as you perfect the command.

Once the dog is comfortable with the leash and knows "watch me", you can work on loose lead training. Hold a treat in your hand, get the dog's attention and take a few steps. If the dog strays, immediately stop and get it's attention. Take a few steps again. If the dog doesnt stray, give the treat. You wont get far at this point, but that's not the goal.

As you start to take more and more steps, if the dog starts to stray, you can quickly change direction. For instance, turn around 90 degrees and go back the direction you came. The more you change direction, the more the dog will have to pay attention to keep up. It is actually pretty fun to zig zag around with the dog watching for your next move.

Eventually, the dog will stick with you and walk on a loose lead. It doesnt have to be a strict heel the entire time, but the dog will stick near you and watch for the dropped treat or the direction change.

Gillian
6th March 2006, 11:07 PM
Hi thanks for your reply I will try it.
Kayla is a 10 month Black and Tan Cavalier. I have heard of this method but never tried it seriously. In other words off and on. I have to do it consistantly I imagine.
Thanks again,
Gillian
:)

Karlin
6th March 2006, 11:43 PM
As you start to take more and more steps, if the dog starts to stray, you can quickly change direction. For instance, turn around 90 degrees and go back the direction you came. The more you change direction, the more the dog will have to pay attention to keep up. It is actually pretty fun to zig zag around with the dog watching for your next move.

The only problem is the neighbours may think you are nuts!! :p

Moviedust
7th March 2006, 01:20 AM
As you start to take more and more steps, if the dog starts to stray, you can quickly change direction. For instance, turn around 90 degrees and go back the direction you came. The more you change direction, the more the dog will have to pay attention to keep up. It is actually pretty fun to zig zag around with the dog watching for your next move.

The only problem is the neighbours may think you are nuts!! :p

My neighbors already think I'm nuts! Loose-lead training only confirms it. ;)

Bruce H
7th March 2006, 12:58 PM
As you start to take more and more steps, if the dog starts to stray, you can quickly change direction. For instance, turn around 90 degrees and go back the direction you came. The more you change direction, the more the dog will have to pay attention to keep up. It is actually pretty fun to zig zag around with the dog watching for your next move.

The only problem is the neighbours may think you are nuts!! :p

My neighbors already think I'm nuts! Loose-lead training only confirms it. ;)

What fun would life be if you didn't have a few people thinking you're nuts? Besides, if people think you're nuts, they leave you alone :lol:

Karlin
7th March 2006, 03:02 PM
Besides, if people think you're nuts, they leave you alone

I've noticed that, especially when I'm carrying around a poop bag...