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  • Training Your Dog to Walk Nicely on a Leash

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, 2:44 am

    A walk can be an exciting time for your dog. If they're not able to get out and explore otherwise, a walk is an opportunity to see something new, explore the fresh air, and interact with new people or animals.

    However, this excitement often shows in how they pull ahead or even lag behind.

    While we want our pets to be excited, poor leash manners can make walks difficult. Teaching them the right way to walk on a leash can make walking more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

    Here are a few ways you can teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash. Keep in mind that each animal is different, so what works for one dog may not work for yours.

    1. Remember to find other ways to let your dog release some energy. Going to a dog park or allowing them to run free in the backyard can make walking easier.
    2. Teach your dog to approach the walk calmly. If they're getting too excited while still at home, you'll want to handle that situation first. Remain calm and wait until your dog also calms down before leaving for the walk.
    3. Use treats and other rewards to help teach your dog good behavior. Give your pet treats when they don't pull on your leash and don't give them when they pull.
    4. If your dog frequently stops to smell things, walk at a faster pace. By not giving your pet time to get distracted, they'll learn that's not appropriate behavior during a walk.
    5. Keep walks short in the beginning. Slowly build up the length of your walks as your dog learns what they should be doing.

    Proper training is always an important part of maintaining a happy life for both you and your dog. Working with a dog trainer can help you discover the best way to effectively teach your dog how to walk nicely on a leash.

    If you're in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles Area, contact The Connected Canine for all your dog training needs. Give us a call at 818.538.8459 to discuss what we can do to help you and your pup!

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