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How to show a dog that it's possible to walk nicely on the lead

Here's a no fuss method of dog training that shows a dog that it's possible to walk on the lead without pulling.  You don't need anything other that a flat collar, a long lead and patience and kindness. There really is no need to turn lead training into a battleground where you and the dog are pulling against each other all the time.  Unfortunately that's exactly what happens if your dog pulls and you pull back again. Dog training is all about showing a dog what you want it to do and giving lots of praise.  Your dog will never learn if he doesn't understand what it is you're trying to teach him.

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Here Jamie's walking on a nice loose lead but don't be fooled.  He hasn't always been like this. There was a time when he nearly yanked my arms off if I tried to walk him on the lead and he's a big dog.  I had to spend some time patiently teaching him how to walk nicely.



When you have two dogs it may be best to teach each one separately before walking them on leads together.  If anything Sasha pulls much harder than Jamie and she's very determined to get to where she's going.  She also walks much more quickly than Jamie but but with patient training she has learned to walk on a loose lead.  When there's nothing exciting going on and we're just out for a walk she will slow her pace so that the lead remains slack.

The methods I use don't teach heelwork.  The dogs are  not being nagged to heel all the time and they aren't expected to pay attention and look at me as they might have to do in an obedience class. This would be too wearing on both dog and handler.  We're just out for a quiet stroll down the country lanes without doing anything in particular.