For many dog owners, loose leash walking is not an easy task. Daily walks with your dog become so stressful that you find yourself walking him or her less and less, or even worse, resorting to using prong collars or other inhumane devices to stop the pulling. But, even those “devices” can cause injury to you or your dog if not used properly. Training loose leash walking can spare your wrists/arms and your dog’s trachea.
Yes, leash walking can be challenging, but it is a skill that can be mastered over time. Taking your dog on daily walks contributes to his or her overall well being, as it provides both mental and physical exercise. Dogs love to explore their surroundings while they are outdoors and leashes only constrain their natural behaviors and movements – imagine how frustrating it is for them not to be able to sniff a spot where another dog just urinated, or where a hotdog fell just moments before. Pulling is rewarding to a dog because it gets them to the places they want to visit or sniff even faster. It’s important to consider the dog’s wants and needs during a walk and realize that this is your dog’s time, not yours. At the same time, you are the one taking your dog for a walk so it should be enjoyable for you as well.
Whether your dog is pulling you down the street, biting the leash (or you), or showing some reactivity towards other people/dogs while out on walks, we can teach you how to better manage your dog on a leash so that your walk is much safer, manageable, and most of all, more enjoyable. The only way your dog will be successful on a leash is if you are consistent in your technique. Through the use of behavior modification protocols, counter conditioning, and proper leash handling methods, we can help you greatly improve your leash walks with your dog.
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