One of the most common complaints we have from our students is: my dog pulls on walks! Here are a few tips to help you with training the loose leash walk:
1. Give a little! Start your training with your dog on a long leash, ideally 20'. Give a little more room to your dog for success and you'll be pleasantly surprised!
2. Use a management tool to help keep your shoulders, knees and wrists safe from injury! We love the Balance Harness, Freedom Harness and, for close walking in urban settings, New Trix or Canny Collar head harnesses. Remember to spend time acclimating your dog to head harnesses or you'll spend your walk with your dog rubbing their face on the ground more than walking
3. Bring a pocket full of love: when you are out in the world your dog is bombarded with amazing smells, visual stimulation and opportunity to well, just want to see/smell it all! Bring some high value treats, like left over chicken from dinner, and mark/reward your dog for checking in with you, keeping the leash slack, or any other great behavior while you are walking.
4. Take the opportunity to practice short recalls when working on your leash walking.