Dog Training Video on Walking

These tips will help you if your dog gets distracted, pulls on the lead, or doesn't listen to you. 

As an Animal Behaviourist, one of the most common questions that Rosie is asked is 'how can I keep control of my dog on walks?'

So, if your dog gets distracted, pulls on the lead, or doesn't listen to you, we've got some tips to help.

First of all, make sure you've got the right type of equipment - either a flat collar or a harness, and make sure they don't tighten, hurt, or pinch the dog at all.

Reward your dog when they're by your side or when they voluntarily choose to check-in with you - in other words, when they're engaged with you.

Practise at home to start with, in a quiet non-distracting environment. The aim is to walk your dog on a loose lead next to you. If the lead goes tense, stop walking. The dog will learn that they only get to move forward when the lead is loose.

Be consistent - it can help to use two different types of equipment or two different contact points for the lead so that the dog can distinguish when they're expected to walk on a loose lead connected with you, or when you haven't got time and you just need to crack on with your walk without training.

Remember that repetition is key, but keep your sessions short - the more control you have the more enjoyable your walks will be.

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