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|01-02-2013, 08:15 PM||#1|
I♥ my girls Luma+Rosie
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Aggieland, TX
Leash training tips
Hey y'all, so when we first got Luma we got her shots and were eager to get her on a harness and get her used to the leash. Well...I have to admit I really had no clue what I was doing. Still don't. Luma is 1 now and whenever we're outdoors, she yanks on her leash, tries to dash forward, won't even acknowledge me lol.
We're getting a 2nd pup and I want to start him out right. I have heard of people putting their puppy on a leash in the house, what is the point of this? Do I hold the leash the entire time? How do I teach a puppy to heel and not pull on a leash?
Should I use a leash coupler for him and Luma or walk them with seperate leashes? Sorry for all the questions. Just wanna do things right with the new little one! Any advice would be awesome.
Carmen, mama to Luma
& my little angel in Heaven, Rosie.
|01-02-2013, 09:44 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
I'd walk them on separate leads till they know how to walk properly.
|01-02-2013, 10:02 PM||#3|
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I'd strongly recommend an obedience course, or more than one. You can get advice here or elsewhere online, but it really helps to have someone watch you and give you feedback on how it's working.
That said, the classes I've taken have taught a formal heel by having us hold a treat by your side just out of the dog's reach while you say "heel" or whatever command you want. Start slowly and reward for just a few steps of success, then build on that. Eventually, you'll be able to keep the treat in your pocket and only reward occasionally.
The problem with little dogs is it can force you to change your posture when dangling a treat close enough to get their attention. One instructor had me put a cheese spread on a plastic spoon and hold that just out of the dog's reach.
But that's a formal heel. Loose-leash walks are often good enough for most people. For that, I stop when the dog pulls. Change direction frequently so they have to keep some focus on me. Or even reverse direction and walk the other way. You want the dog watching you and bending to your desires rather than the other way around.
But again, if at all possible, take an obedience course. I found them addictive. Once you see they work, you might find yourself taking more. A wise trainer once told me that she recommends keeping pups in obedience classes their whole first year.
Mike ~ Doting Dad to Jillie, Harper, Eddie (RIP), Lucy (RIP), Rusty (RIP) and Jack (RIP). Check us out on YouTube
Last edited by alaskayorkie; 01-02-2013 at 10:03 PM.