Leash Training Your Dog

The do's and don'ts of leash training your dog.

By | Posted: Tue Mar 29 00:00:00 PST 2005

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1. DO use dog-friendly training methods to teach your dog to walk politely on leash so outings are enjoyable for you both.

2. DO keep slack in the lead anytime your dog isn't pulling.

3. DO keep excess leash material looped in your hand to avoid tripping.

4. DO use an appropriate leash and collar or harness to avoid injury to your dog and yourself.

5. DO exercise your dog off leash where safe and appropriate. A walk on leash is not adequate exercise for most dogs.

6. DO clean up after your dog whenever he eliminates on walks. Irresponsible dog-walkers spoil it for everyone.

7. DO use long lines or retractable leads only where there aren't other dogs and humans who could get tangled.

8. DO prevent your dog from rudely greeting others. Not everyone appreciates his exuberant salutations.

9. DO respect local leash laws, park regulations and homeowner association rules.

10. DON'T tether your dog to your waist or arm unless you are confident you're strong enough to restrain him if he pulls. Never tether him to the body of a child or physically challenged walker.

11. DON'T jerk on your dog's leash to prevent contact with dogs or humans. This can cause aggression. Instead, feed treats to regain his attention.

12. DON'T take your dog off his leash unless you're in a safely enclosed area, or a wide-open, dog-legal space and your dog comes reliably when called.

13. DON'T leave your dog tied and unattended on walks while you run into the storeeven for just a moment. Your dog is at risk for teasing, tormenting and theft.

14. DON'T let your dog soil lawns while on walks.

15. DO take your dog for lots of long, enjoyable walks. They're good for both of you and for your relationship!

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Johanna   Waterville, ME

4/30/2012 1:02:07 PM

Great info! I would also
add:

DO NOT use a head collar in combination with a long line or retractable leash, as the dog could get whip lash if he decides to run. Only use head collars with a standard 4' or 6' leash. Also never give a corrective jerk or leash pop with a head
collar.

DO NOT use choke or prong collars unless you are a trained professional or are working with one. Spinal, nerve, or tracheal injury can occur if the dog is allowed to continually pull against this type of collar, or if the walker incorrectly "yanks" on the dogs
neck.

DO make sure your dog's collar fits correctly. Collars that are too loose can come off, while ones that are uncomfortably tight can irritate the dog and cause him to be reactive.

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Ali   Mercer Island, WA

8/31/2011 7:56:16 PM

That is a good point about the jerking of a leash, my dog has gotten more agressive toward other dogs on walks so i may try your tips towards calming her instead of jerking her from dogs.

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Jerry   Cresco, pa, PA

8/19/2011 1:02:44 PM

Great
info.
It is so true that not jerking your dog since it will cause
aggression.
I train my new German shepherd in rough method and it only took two weeks changing her
personility.
With a lot of love, good treats, good communication, my coco turns back such a great dog excellent walking, play well with peope and other
dogs.
My two cents...

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clare   west hartford, CT

7/24/2011 7:15:53 AM

you didn't put a space between store and even.please correct
that.
p.s.
i am only 9 years old.

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