1. Feed Them a Yummy Treats! Just having the treats in your hand may keep them closer to you and not pulling.
2. Keep your lessons short and sweet. Training a dog can be frustrating, for both your and your pooch. Keep your walks short so it’s still fun for both of you.
3. Tire Your Dog Out First– A tired dog is a compliant dog so before you begin training have some fun with your dog. We like to play fetch, and I do it until he stops bringing me his ball (and is doing some good panting.)
4. Let Her Do Some Sniffing- Dogs are simply excited for new smells and environments (it’s kind of like someone holding us back from the sales racks!). Reward him with occasional stopping and smelling. Then returning to a more structured walk.
5. If Your Dog Pulls, Stop– If they start to pull, stand still. Wait for him to loosen up, give him a treat and then resume walking. This takes patience, but eventually he will learn that not pulling might bring treats. And later you can ease up on the constant reward and just offer a treat at the end for a job well done!
Walking your dog helps build a powerful relationship between you and your dog. Make it enjoyable for both of you!