Proper Leash Behavior is one of the first things we teach our dog training clients. It's not just about being able to walk the dog on a loose leash. It's also about being the one who gives direction.
As we explain in our dog training sessions, with dogs, it's 98% body language. So when you allow your dog to drag you behind him, while he pulls you on the leash, you are communicating that s/he is in charge on the walk. This can easily turn into reactive and protective behavior, such as lunging at other people or dogs, barking etc.
When you walk your dog next to you, or have him/her behind you, you communicate that you are in charge of the situation, and you will see far less bad leash behaviors as a result.
The walk starts inside your home
Each time you get ready to take your dog out for a walk, you communicate how you want your dog to behave. Make sure that your walk starts inside the home with a calm dog, that pays attention to you.
Once you go outside, smells and distractions are going to take your dog's attention - the video below will show you two (2) ways to get your dog to walk calmly by your side:
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Is your dog barking and lunging at other dogs or even other people? In this video, Jim is offering tips on how to deal with reactive behavior on-leash. Please be sure to always be safe and never put yourself or others in danger! Seek the help of a professional dog trainer if you are unable to work with your reactive dog.
In this video Jim is working with an 8-month old Lab called "Abbey".
Abbey has learned to associate excitement with greeting everyone. She barks, whines and jumps with enthusiasm.
Watch as Jim works on getting her to be calm and shows her how to greet people properly.
Jim works with two Labs that are very excited on leash. They pull and lunge.
Jim is working with two Doberman puppies. They are 6 month old and just getting used to leash training.
Jim shows his "just walk" technique. It's nice to see the two different personalities with "Red" the male, and "Betsy" the female.