How to train your PUPPY to walk on a loose leash!

All dogs must learn how to walk on a
leash without pulling. This is one of the most fundamental skills that puppies
need to begin learning from a very young age. Walking a dog that pulls on the
leash is not only stressful but can also cause strain and injury to the dog's
neck. To help your dog overcome this problem you have to first realize that
dogs are not born knowing how to walk on a leash and must be taught using
patience and positive reinforcement. The good news is that there are a lot of
things that you can do to stop or prevent your dog from pulling and make
walking a much more enjoyable experience for both you and your dog, but first
let's take a look at why dogs pull in the first place. There are two main
reasons: the first is that dogs are interested in exploring their
environment. Their sense of smell is a primary source of information and the
environment is full of things to sniff. Walking a young dog is also a very
stimulating experience and can trigger a lot of excitement.

Combine this with a
lack of self-control and you get a strong motivation to pull. The second
reason why dogs pull is because they are so easily reinforced for pulling. Anytime
that there is tension on the leash and the dog is sniffing, they're actually
learning to pull and will do it more a lot of the time this happens by accident
and we might even reinforce and teach pulling behavior without knowing it or
wanting it.

This can become a vicious cycle that may start small but the more
your dog pulls the more they learn that pulling is effective in meeting their
needs and they will be more likely to continue or even increase the amount of
pulling over time. Dogs have an opposition reflex which is
a natural tendency to pull against pressure that is applied on the leash. By
reinforcing the behavior of giving in to the leash you can establish the
framework for what comes next.

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Start this exercise with your dog on a leash in a
low distraction environment. Begin by applying very gentle pressure on the
leash and the moment the dog gives into it mark the behavior with a word or a
clicker and reinforce. Instead of letting the tension become a negative
consequence we are focused on teaching the dog how to react to tension so he
wants to keep the leash loose. Practice this a few times until your dog
gets the idea and also notice that I'm not using any verbal cues at this point. Yes! Yes! The leash is not meant to be used to
control or direct your dog. At this early stage the goal is to teach the dog to
want to stay with you and pay attention to your movement Watson, let's go! It's important to know your dog and use
what they find to be distracting remember that you can always add or
remove distractions based on how the dog is doing set them up to be successful at
every stage take this exercise into other environments and around more
distractions if your dog fails to pay attention go
back to working on leash pressure or lower the reward criteria this is how
you can start building the foundation for loose leash walking for puppies it
is far more effective to teach them what you want them to do instead of punishing
them for not understanding human rules As the dog gets better at this with
practice you can start to lower the amount of food reinforcement and begin
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