Loose leash dog training – How to do it well

18 Apr, 2023

Loose leash dog training – How to do it well

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Dog owners know that their dogs have to be trained. And as an experienced petowner you know also that there are different ways of training them to behave for safety and control in public and at home. This is especially important if you take your dog outdoors for road walking. Read  this blog to learn about loose leash dog training techniques and how to do them well.

Loose leash dog training techniques – How to do it well

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Training your dog can help to keep them safe

If you have ever had a dog who pulled on walks (and let’s face it, most of us have because canines do not know how to walk out of the box), you know how miserable the outings can be.

Training a dog to walk well on a leash takes time and dedication. It is a tedious process that entails reframing what it means to walk your dog.

As laborious as the procedure is, it is only temporary, and the final outcome will make you proud.


What is loose leash dog walking?

Loose leash walking entails your dog strolling alongside you without pulling on the leash at any point throughout your walk.  Many owners want their dogs to know how to walk on a leash right out of the box, but this is not always the case.

There are several cues tempting them in various directions, such as dogs, noises, people, and so on. Loose leash training not only makes walks more fun, but it also acts as a foundation for developing many necessary abilities and habits.


How long does it take to loose leash train a dog?

It all depends on how committed and diligent you are with your training. Ignoring other distractions and following the handler’s lead is intellectually taxing for a dog, and thus, it may take some time.


Top tips for loose leash walking

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Train your dog to behave on the leash especially when they meet other dogs

You will get there with practice and by implementing these ideas.

The more  you collaborate, the faster progress will be made. Check out these top tips:

1: Take structured walks

These walks have a purpose other than simply getting some exercise.

They necessitate a lot of thought on the side of the dog as well as complete attention from the handler.

I promise your dog will be exhausted after this intellectually taxing activity.

What distinguishes an organized walk from a typical dog walk?

On a scheduled stroll, your dog’s task is simple: walk.

There will be no sniffing, greetings, or restroom breaks.

Give your dog a few minutes at the beginning of the walk before returning to organized walking.

The goal of a scheduled dog walk is to give your dog leadership and train them to follow you.

While the stroll may appear to be restricting, dogs thrive with routine and limitations.


2. Begin training indoors

Starting training indoors allows your dog to practice walking on a leash with few distractions. There are no other people, pets, noises, automobiles, or odors to distract your dog.

Take notice of your dog’s excitement as you wander about the home. These are the areas in your home where you should practice walking. Train your dog that just because you open the door does not imply you are going for a walk or that they can start to whine.


3. Teach pressure-release techniques

Dogs like to move with rather than against pressure; thus, teaching them to move with the pressure is one approach to training them to move with you.


Final thoughts on loose leash dog training

As your dog pulls, come to a stop and slowly draw the leash in the other way, stopping when the line is taut. The main teaching of loose leash dog training is that you do not want to tug your dog; just create some stress. When they succumb to the pressure, release them, mark them with “yes” or a clicker, and reward them. It a good way to train your dog to follow commands and gain a sense of road worthy behaviour to keep them safe.


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