Training your dog to walk calmly on a leash is an important skill for both you and your furry friend. Not only does it make your walks more enjoyable, but it also helps keep your dog safe and prevent them from pulling or lunging towards other dogs or people. Here are some tips on how to train a dog to walk on a leash
Start in a controlled environment
Choose a quiet area with few distractions, such as your backyard or a nearby park. This will allow your dog to focus on you and the training without being overwhelmed by stimuli.
Use positive reinforcement
Dogs are more likely to repeat behaviors that are rewarded. Use treats, praise, and other rewards to reinforce good behavior and encourage your dog to stay calm on the leash.
For more details, check our full article on positive reinforcement training.
Set clear expectations
Make sure your dog knows what you expect from them by using clear commands and body language. Use the command “heel” or “with me” to indicate that you want them to walk by your side, and use a firm, but gentle, tug on the leash to signal that they should not pull or lunge.
Practice, practice, practice
Consistency is key when it comes to training. Practice your leash training every day, and gradually increase the duration and difficulty of your walks as your dog improves.
Training takes time and patience, especially for dogs who have had previous leash-pulling habits. Be consistent and positive in your training, and remember to reward your dog for good behavior.
Remember, training your dog to walk calmly on a leash is a lifelong process, and it may take time for your dog to master this skill.
By using positive reinforcement and consistent training, you can help your dog become a well-behaved leash-walker.