Jolene Zerbato-Mesia is a Beagle mix that comes to us for daycare. She loves to run and play and gets along well with everyone and is always happy to give us humans some attention too. Jolene’s boyfriend is Jack, the Akita.
Training Tip…”What Would Sandy Say?”
Raise your hand if you want your dog to walk nicely (without pulling) on the leash. My bet is there are a lot of hands up right now. Well, it is possible, but it takes time, effort, and patience on your part. Attach a 6 foot leash to your dog’s collar or harness, hold the loop of the leash, and start walking with your dog. As soon as there is tension on the leash, stop walking. Only when your dog moves to loosen the leash, start walking again. When the leash is tight don’t pull your dog back to you and don’t call him/her to come to you. We want the dog to learn to loosen the tension on his/her own. If you choose to use a device to help give you control, I like the Gentle Leader, the Easy Walk Harness, and the Just a Cinch leash by Ruffwear. Again, they help give you control but be aware that these devices will not teach the dog not to pull, so practice the “tension stop and go” exercise as much as possible. As always, if you have questions feel free to give us a call at 760-739-7299
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