I just came back from a walk with my avatar dog and my other big dog using only one 15-foot leash, one end slip-knotted around each neck and the
center laying across my shoulders. No collars. I barely had to touch the leash! It's AMAZING! I can't believe, after all these years (he's 8), I
finally learned the simple tips that gave me freedom from frustration and constant pulling on the walk!
I have spent many years (and quite a few dollars) trying to get my 80-pound dog to walk by my side! I've tried head halters, choke chains, prong
collars, E-Z-Walk body harness, and a regular collar and leash. Not to mention turning and walking in the opposite direction, stopping, backpacks,
carrying food, favorite toys, etc... NOTHING worked. Until now.
It took some time for them (and me) to get used to the routine, so the first few times, it took us 15 minutes just to get out the door, but today, it
took about one minute. If you have more than one dog, work with them individually for a few walks. It also took some time for them to learn the rules
for the walk, but after approx. 5 walks with this method, they're my dream team! I hope this works for you!
The steps are:
1. Make sure your dog is in a relaxed state BEFORE putting the leash on. That means no jumping, no whining, no running around. I make him sit on his
bed and I stand there with the leash in my hands (CALMLY) until he settles down.
2. Once the leash is on, he has to stay by my side or behind me while I walk to the door. If he runs ahead, I stop and stand there, make him get
behind me and calm down. Make sure to breathe and keep yourself calm. (That's the hardest but most important part.)
3. Once you get to the door, tell him to stay and open the door. Just a crack at first, so you can correct any darting, but eventually, you want the
door wide open with him sitting in the house, loose leash.
4. YOU step out the door, but make him stay inside. Stand for a second, looking at the scenery. Then gently tug on the leash to invite him out. (no
5. Get him in position (at your side, or one on each side, or side by side for two dogs) and wait for him to adjust and be calm. Then walk. Don't say
anything, don't look at him, just walk. Keep the leash SHORT AND LOOSE.
6. If he gets just a little ahead of you, walks away from you or starts sniffing the ground, give a leash correction (below) and make sure he complies
before you continue the walk.
At all times
, the leash should be short and loose, unless you're giving a quick correction. Concentrate on staying calm and walking with
Leash correction: Don't use the dog's name. Say "ah-ah!" or "tch!" with a quick, light
tug on the leash. Don't prolong the tug. Make it as
quick as possible. Return to loose leash. If he continues, make the next correction a little more intense. Keep your cool.
If he's jumping, pulling, or otherwise behaving badly on the walk, it's probably because he wasn't fully calm when you left the house or else YOU'RE
not remaining calm. So, go home and try again later in the day or the next day.
If you have any questions or issues about this, post here and I'll try to help. I thought I'd NEVER have a nice walk with Jaia on leash, but I look
forward to it now.
Have a nice walk!
edit on 3/27/2015 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)