Training/Walking on Loose Leash

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lollipopzeus's picture
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Okay so I'm a little confused about this and so I'm not sure if I'm even doing it right. Just what exactly is it really and what side are the supposed to be on? If loose leash is walking as it says, how in the world do you get them to stay to one side anyway? I walk him on my left side and sometimes he will walk nicely and at any given moment, he will just lunge ahead of me. So I will stop dead in my tracks until he loosens up on the leash and then proceed. So he'll lunge again and I stop...what am I doing wrong? Is it the distractions involved? Is it the puppy in him?

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Cute picture, love the sweater.  When I have just one dog with me, not often, I have him walk on my left side, about at heal.  I have been to 2 different trainers, one always had the dog at heal the other just wanted him by my side with a loose leash.  I like the idea of stopping when he lunges, you might want to try just turning around and going in the opposite direction when he does it.  do it consistantly and befor you know it he will be walking beside you.  We have done this in the past and it is a great training tool.  Sometimes we would never leave the yard, it took too long, we just kept turning around and around and around.  Give it a try and see what happens.  Keep us posted

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Right or left side is preference, unless you ever have plans to compete, at which point the "correct" side is your left side.  If you don't have any plans to compete, then do whatever you are comfortable with.  I walk on my right, because that's what I'm more comfortable with.

Another thing to try, is every time your dog goes past the point where you want him, simply turn around and go the other way.  If he stays back, the walk continues.  If he pulls ahead, you turn around and go back the other way.  He will quickly get the idea that the walk only continues if he is not pulling.  You can also throw in a "no" the split second the leash is too tight, that will help him associate the "no" with the going the other way.

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In addition to what Chris said, walk with tiny yummy treats and periodically when he is at your side reward.

 I define loose leash and you holding the leash gently and the leash is in the shape of a J at your side.

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To me loose leash means that the dog is in "heel" position with leash attached but if the leash were not there the dog would still be in "heel" position and would walk at my side regardless of leash or not. The key to me was teaching my dog heel first, it's not a difficult command for some dogs but others it takes alot of work......once the heel command is known, walking with a leash should be a joy.....I don't let my dog get ahead of me, or rather didn't, but now that I use crutches and only able to walk a dog that weighs no more than 15lbs. I don't fret over the in front thing so much cause a short way into the walk my chihuahua is right by my side as he has tired a bit and it's not him pulling on me as much as me pulling on him midstep with the crutches that pulls him back.....but my large dogs before my life on crutches they were never allowed in front of me, but I used the chain choke style collar for training and a quick light snap of the chain was all it took to realign my dog with my heel......it has been frustrating to have to let my husband walk the collies and large dogs as he allows them to pull and that is totally unacceptable to me but correcting the husband is alot harder than teaching the dog, hahahaha. I do use treats with Ben but never used treats with the other dogs, just praise.....I still praise my dogs as they walk properly on leash even though we have been walking for years together they still get the praise.......