Yes. Good work. Good. Yes. Good boy. What if I told you that there was a simple
way that you could teach your dog to stop pulling on the leash?
In this video instructor, Steve is going to show you the simple
steps to stop that leash pulling fast. I'm Ken Steepe. I'm Steve Walsh.
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so that we can help you to have a well behaved for like at family member. Now we often spend a ton of time with
our young dogs teaching them to walk at our left hand side. But I also want my young dog to know that
even if he's not at my left hand side, even if he's just hanging out with me,
that he shouldn't pull on the leash.
And we're going to take a few
minutes now to teach little final. Here are a few steps to build a little
bit more value for me and teach him not to pull on the leash ever. No. Often
the question is, what's the difference? Why does it matter if my dog understands
not to pull in the lazy money? Apparently our tale is
quite fun right now. I'm having my dog understand that they
shouldn't pull on the leash is very handy when I'm, I'm maybe just around the house or even
around the neighborhood talking to a friend. If I happen to
take a couple of steps, say buddy okay with me and move
and want to talk to even you guys, he knows that he shouldn't pull on the
leash and he understand there's a little bit value from moving with me if
I move to the left or the right. He understands that he should just
kinda hang out. Go ahead, boy. Yes. Excellent job. So he's really starting
to get a good understanding of this, but I want to go back and show you the
steps of how we got to this point.
Now, it may seem like final
knows that's really, really well and he's starting to get
a really good understanding of it, but I've spent a lot of time
doing some of the basics again, letting them know first and foremost that
there's some value for me not only for me and my person and my
striking personality, but also some great rewards and
some stuff that he's really, really interested in.
Okay. I spend
a lot of time rewarding my dog, reinforcing the fact that I'm actually
here. Anytime I tend to give him a treat, he is generally pointed towards me. I am delivering that food from up
high near my face down towards him. He's not looking elsewhere in the room
and I'm putting food in his face or I'm not just taking food out of my bait
poach and delivering it to his face.
Really letting them understand that
really good things come from here because final is starting to understand that
good things come from me and I have some value to him now he's what? I'm going to start to add a little bit
of a little teeny bit of motion to really help him make a choice. And I'm going
to help him make a right choice. And the right choice I'm looking for is
for him to simply not pull on the leash. That doesn't mean he has
to stand, sit or lie down. He just has to keep the leash loose.
Now when you have a busy puppy, that's a pretty tall order and I know
you're probably shaking your head saying that's not gonna happen, but
here's how we're going to do it. We are going to get a little bit of
food in our hands. And when I do this, I'm going to encourage you to actually
move in a manner that moves your dog away from your left hand side.
They can be anywhere as long as
they don't pull on the leash. I'm going to start by giving him a
command. Now I say with me, you can say, stay close. You could say whatever you
like and I'm going to take one step. I'm going to take one step
and I'm going to pause. And as long as he pauses with me, I'm
going to simply say yes and reward him. The nice thing is he figures out pretty
quickly that staying with me gets the tree. So it looks like this with
me. Yes. Good boy with me. Yes. Good boy with me. Yes. Good boy with me. Yes. Good boy. So you notice by moving in a manner
that encourages his focus by pretty much either backing away or
moving side to side a, it's easier for him to be right and be, it's easier for me to keep that
reinforcement focused on me. After I've spent some time
taking one step at a time, I'm going to start to move a little bit
more. Now I know what you're thinking. You're going to start to move all over
the place and think your dog understands it.
I still need to break it into little
bits to help my dog be successful. So in my mind, two or three steps maximum and then I
pause and the pause allows my dog to do one of two things. Either to pause with me or to
pull on this leash. Now he let us, he pulled on leash to that
side. I didn't say anything. I just stuck my hand on the
leash and, gave a little bump, bump bump on that leash until he
checked back in with me.
Okay. And I just waited a second. I didn't praise him yet because
he hadn't checked in with me. I want my dog to know that the value
is here and if you pull on the leash, there's just a little
mild on consequences, which is just some bumps on that
leash. So we're going to go on. Oh, he's pulling again. So here's what it
looks like. A little bump, bump, bump. Hi buddy. That's better. Good job.
Yes. Now I can. Yes. In feed him. The hardest part about
teaching my dog not to pull, and the leash is being conscious to
address it every time the dog does.
I'm building some value for
them not pulling on the leash, but if he does and not waiting until
he's pulled away to go see a dog. And it's a really, really big
fix. It's a quick little fix, a quick bump on the least. He regained his focus on me and then
I can praise him. Good boy. Good job. Now I'm going to try
those couple of steps. I've got a little food in my hand again,
but it's not on his nose to start. It's up out of the way to help him make
a choice. He ready? Good boy with me. One, two. Yes. Good boy. Good job. I could
take out another treat. Try it again. One, two. Yes. Good boy. Maybe I moved forward a step
with me. Yes. Good boy with me. Yes. Good boy buddy. You know, you
notice he was going to sit there. That's fine. I didn't ask him to sit.
His only job is not to pull on the leash. Now after a little bit of that work, you can see that vinyl is really
starting to understand this.
He is understanding that his
job is not to pull on the leash, even though he's hanging out with me here. He's being conscious to
not pulling the leash. I'm going to make things a little bit
harder so that I can show you guys how to fix this kind of thing. Okay.
You're not really pulling, but there's some tension there. So I'm going to set up a couple of things
and we're gonna work through that now because he started to get
an understanding of it. I need to now prove it through different
things that may cause him to pull on the leash. You know, I've
got some great toys here. He seems interested in those and I also
have this little container with food and you remember me remember this container
of food from our leave it video.
I'm going to put these down on the
ground now I'm going to be very specific about where I put them and you can
see he's quite interested in these. I'm going to put them fairly far
away. My leash is a six foot leash. I'm going to make sure,
first and foremost, he can't reward himself
for going for those toys. And we're going to go to this because
he's really excited right now. Now I've put these distractions down
on the ground pretty strategically. I've placed them far enough away
that my dog can't get to them, but yet still close enough that they're
interesting to my dog now. Fine, I'll sit. I'm going to have him sit
for a second while I talk to you guys. Here's what I'm going to do.
I'm going to take the exact
same approach I'm getting. You get a little food in my hand. I'm going to give him that
little whiff me command. I'm going to take a step maybe to my left
this time and I'm just going to pause. As long as he pauses with me, you better believe I'm going to
quickly yes and reward again, maintaining that focus on me by
rewarding from my person down to his. Okay. Here's the other
side of the coin though. If my dog decides to go and
pull on leash adds, any tension, I'm simply gonna turn and
face him and with my leash, Shannon has his head level. I'm just gonna add some pulses on the
leash until he turns and looks at me and let me go to praise him because I want
him to know what he's looking at me and moving towards me. Good things happen.
However, the moment the leash goes tight, I had some from pulses on the leash
and we continue on from there. Like anything else, if my dog is making lots of mistakes
and pulling and pulling and pulling, I need to move further away from those
distractions to help my dogs be correct.
My goal is to teach my dog,
not have the makeup make, make mistake after mistake. So here's
what's going to look like. Okay. He shifted positions, so I'm going
to go this way though now. Okay. So I've got food in my hand
with me. Yes. Good boy. I know he made an excellent choice
there. I actually going to reject pot. Reward him with two or three
treats. Good boy. Good job with me. [Inaudible] Good boy. Yes. Good job. I'm gonna make
this a little harder again with me. [Inaudible] Good boy. Yes. Oh, you're
being a superstar right now. Hi, gotcha! Yes, I did. So perfect.
I moved to this toy. He went, Hey, a new toy. I'm going to pull up
my leash. I didn't say anything. I'm not yelling or screaming. A few quick pulses on the leash and he
instantly turned and then I praise him. So I'm going to go right back to that
toy now and see if we can be a little bit more successful with me.
Good boy. Excellent boy. Good job this way. Good job. Where are ya? Good boy with me. Well, little pulse in the lease cause they
dropped the treat. Good job buddy. And that can happen. You
can drop a piece of food, you can do anything like
that. That gets the attention. The dogs need to learn that
if that lease goes tight, there's just a quick little consequence
that gets them back on track. What exactly is the expectation with this? How do I know if my dog's
not pulling on leash? Because if the dog's learning
it and you're not sure of it, it's important that we help you with
that. My expectation is that my dog, okay buddy, move with me.
But you see how this clip
is hanging straight up and
down with just a little bit of extra Slack in that
leash. That's what I expect. If there's any sort of tension, the
cup starts to move in the leash, which is going to in a second right
here. But I got you. Yes I did. That was a perfect example of a
little tension bump, bump bump. Good boy with me. Yes, good
boy. Excellent. Good job. I'm not waiting until he's pulled and
pulled me over to something else and rewarded himself for pulling. I am also definitely not going
to let leash out as he pulls. I've set my leash length. I'm teaching him that here is
where all the good stuff happens. As long as that clip hang straight
up and down, you rewarded for it. The moment there's any tension,
I simply address it.
But again, it's my job to help him be successful
so he understands what his job is. Finally, you can see us starting to get a pretty
good understanding of what his job is in terms of keeping the leash loose. But
I can tell you that consistency is key. Every time the leash is
attached to your dog, if you're conscious that the dog is moving
with you and not pulling on the leash and also rewarding them for
not pulling on the leash, that will start to be
their default behavior. And the more I let them rehearse
doing things I don't want to, the more they're going to
you promote what you permit. I like to keep that in my mind. If
you permit them to pull on the leash, they're going to continue to. Now,
if you have the same expectations, instead of just doing them in the living
room, do them on the front driveway, the front walkway, add distractions to help your dogs be
successful in spite of those distractions.
Now having your daughter go understand
that they shouldn't pull on the leash is a really valuable life skill. That is also very different though than
teaching my dog to walk on my left hand side. And if you're interested
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