10 September 2019

10 TIPS To Improve Loose Leash Walking / Heel Command - Part2

In the second half of this two-part series, learn some practicle leash walking exercises to do with your dog to eliminate pulling and teach your dog to walk politely ...

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watching part two to our 10 ways to improve your dog's leash walking skills watch this alright so in this video I'm gonna show you some practical techniques to get your dog walking on leash without pulling so that you can take him wherever you want you know if the way about get pulled over get your arm sockets ripped out embarrassed cuz your dog is barking at everybody because this is the thing about leash walking is that you really want your dog to walk right there with you on leash without pulling paying attention to what you're doing and where you're going so if you haven't seen part one yet go check that out I went over some of the steps that you have to understand and now I'm going to talk about some practical ways to teach your dog to get them to walk on these so at the end of the part one I was talking about that there's different tools that you can use there's harnesses there's head halters there's flak collars choke chains as prom collars I'm gonna tell you about the type of collar that I like to use because when I train a dog I actually like to be very very gentle with the dog not a heavy-handed guy I

don't yank dog yell at them or intimidate them what I want the dog to do is to cooperate with me on leash so the one collar that I've found that allows me to be gentle with dogs is a phone call used correctly prong collar is a phenomenal tool to get your dog under control and the way a prong collar is used it's used by applying pressure and release so I don't put a prong collar on the dog I don't start yanking them and I especially never use a prong collar to try to correct reactive behavior and by reactive behavior I'm talking about dog sees another dog and flips out maybe your dog does that a lot of dogs when they're walking down the street they see another dog and they start barking barking barking the pole in their lunge some people try to use a prong collar to correct that behavior not the way to do it because often the prong collar won't tensa fie that behavior so I use a prong collar to get the dog to walk with me without pulling and I do it by applying some pressure the dog feels a little bit of pressure it stops pulling and then we release pressure okay that's how I introduce the collar so that the dog

learns to move with me because if you think about it what you need is you need cooperation from your dog you need the dog to understand we wanted to be right here and with the prong collar I can gently apply some pressure and release and get the dog under control without struggling at times if you use a harness black collar even a choke chain you're struggling you're using a lot of energy try to get that dog under control and I just find me personally when you use the prong collar correctly you can get really good results I know that there's a lot of people that reeked out when you start talking about for house oh my gosh it's the worst thing and we're all Devo cuz there's no line it looks kind of but it's not it's not what the dog feels is some pressure they don't feel this intense pain unless the dog does get yanked out but that's a different story that's all we're talking about here we're talking about clients getting the dog to understand and to move with you so I like to use prong collars if you freaked out by him just don't use it okay so there's a very important concept that you need to understand when you're

training a dog and that's the concept of pressure and release pressure and release okay and when we're training a dog if you want to get really good reliable behavior with your dog you're gonna have to learn how to use pressure and at least learn how to use everything you have to learn how to use positive reinforcement you have to learn how to use punishment if you learn how to use negative reinforcement and that that you need to know any of those terms you just you don't need to know them you have to understand that you can't just throw treats at a dog and expect them to be a high level of obedience and training some dogs agree there are some of the hugs I did a Sheltie once she was great easiest dog in the world to train didn't have to do any kind of Corrections with her because she was so motivated to work for food and to work with me and I didn't have to really do too much as far as using pressure or punishment or anything like that but those dogs are rare most dogs you have to buy a little bit of pressure a lot of dogs most dogs some point you're gonna have to apply punishment suppression releases to get the dog to do a behave that's important

to understand okay cuz think about this you ask your dog to do a sit commit you have a treat and the dog decides I'm not gonna do it do you just go oh well I'll just let the dog get away with it he doesn't have to do this it will just revisit this right and that's not how I do training bike give the dog of command the dog is gonna follow through with the command and that's really important because again sit okay if you didn't sit no big deal you don't wanna get your dog getting in the habit of not responding to your commands so if I'm training a dog and I tell them to sit and they don't sit then I'll apply a little bit of pressure to let the dog know one way or the they have to perform the command and again I don't use pressure until I know the dog really understands and this isn't an argument about just use positive reinforcement never use punishment and everything that stuff you have to understand that pressure release is a very important part of training a dog especially when it comes to leash walking so we talked about the prong collar and the way I start to use the prong collar as I start to apply

pressure the dog stops pulling I release pressure okay so I want the dog to walk with me I want them to just stay here right at my side they start to pull I put some pressure into the leash the dog slows down it's to my side I release pressure good dog there you go so again my communication is much clearer because I'm also applying a little bit of pressure at that point - I could give the dog food reward if I wanted to or if you wanted to but pressure and release works to get the dog to understand they need to perform the command and you should use it when you're training your dog and once you understand it and start to apply it very effective for getting that reliable behavior okay next tip now when I start teaching the dog to walk on leash what I will do is I will spend some time having the dog foul a little food or around so if the dog is on my left side I'm gonna take the food or in my left hand I'm gonna hold the leash in my right hand I'm gonna use that food lure to start teaching the dog this is where I want you to be and don't spend a ton of time doing this because I'm not looking really like fur come he'll come

and right now we're just looking for a dog to understand that this is where you need to walk you can move with me at my side so I have the dog follow the food lure I'll spend 5-10 minutes couple times a day if I have that time or before I go for a walk if I'm just getting the idea or following the food lure but again I don't spend a lot of time using the food lure because it's just not practical you're not gonna go for a three-mile walk having your dog follow food maybe you do maybe you got a dog with intense food drive but for most people their dog is gonna lose interest in a food lure and it's just like I said it's not gonna be very much fun for you or the dog if you're walking for three miles with the dog following a little food or but I will use it as I said to start teaching the dog this is where I want you to be so I have it just like this in my left hand and I guide the dog I'll go forward I'll go backward and I'll get the dog to move with me and you start to get an understanding this is where they're supposed to be okay so we talked about pressure and release when I first introduced the dog to a prong collar apply pressure and release

because what do we need to do is we need to condition the dog to the collar they need to start feeling the sensation from the collar and understanding what that means the interesting thing though is that many dogs will Phil resists even when they feel pressure from a prawn collar and they'll still pull a little bit this is where need to introduce a little leash pops okay and if you've introduced pressure and release correctly when you introduce a little leash pop it won't have to be hard or harsh most dogs that I work with it's just a quick little pop pop pop almost a flick of my wrist because they understand pressure from the collar that that little pop on the leash and they learn to just slow down then when they start slowing down and staying at your side there's no tension and leash but leash pops make it very very easy to walk your dog loose now they understand they have to stay right here at your side the thing about having a prawn collar or gentle leader or harness or whatever tool you're deciding to use is that there could be zero tension in the leash if you want really good enjoyable walk with your dog dressed zero tension

in the leash I'll often start teaching the dog that if they get too far out in front of me that I'll give them a little verbal warning I'll say wait like that and then what I'll do is I'll start to give the dog just a little gentle pop pop pop backwards to get the dog to be right where I need him to be so that the leash goes completely slack and that's really the trick to walking a dog on leashes once they figure out and understand that if they go too far they're gonna get a little correction when they slow down and there at your side there's no more tension now the dog is gonna start to move with you and there's gonna be no resistance because if there's resistance I don't care what you have on your dog harness even a gentle leader sometimes dog will resist choke collar flat collar even a prawn college there's plenty of dogs that still pull on a prong collar maybe your dog maybe you've used the prong column the dog still pulls because if there's tension there's always gonna be resistance even with a prong collar on so when there's that little bit of tension in the leash you need to get rid of the tension by giving the dog just a

little gentle pop pop pop backwards so that they come back to your side and what's left your side and that leash goes slack again the dogs gonna start moving with you no tension that's how you start getting that perfect heel command that enjoyable heel command that you can go anywhere with your dog because you're not struggling so quick little leash pops you get them to stay right there okay so this last tip is just a fun tip for you to do with your dog when you're when your dog starts getting good at walking with you you're not pulling you see again I keep saying that the whole thing about leash walking is making sure that there's no opposition reflex there's no tension in the leaves once your dog starts to understand the concept of walking at your side you can actually practice with your hands completely off the leash now I didn't say take the leash off the dog you still keep the leash on your dog but what you do is you start to take your hands off of the leash and so I take the leash and I drape it over my shoulders and with the least draped over my shoulders now if I need to I can still grab that leash with my hand if I

need to I can still give the dog some information but for the most part I can start practicing walking with my dog and there's no tension in the leash when you can get rid of that tension when the dog starts to walk with you and they don't feel any tension or pressure to see that while they actually start to move with you nice and easy and this is what you want to do and this is what you want to practice because again if you can get rid of the tension a lot of dogs stay right with their owners it stay right next to him so we practice at art school we start to practice in the class leash walking class everybody drapes the leash practice walking around seeing if we can get the dog to understand they need to stay with us so again you just wrap the leash over your shoulders you have the leash right there if you need it practice in a very non distracting area don't do this on a very busy street or anything like that practice on a side street white Park someplace like that and it's pretty cool how your dog learns to kind of move with you you don't even have to hold on to leash when you get to that point your dogs really starting to understand the concept of walking with

you in the heel position so I hope those ten tips helped you out walking your dog on leash if you have any questions or comments or anything you'd like us to see you do video on put it in the comments below and we come over videos every Tuesday and Friday so you hit the subscribe button so every time we have a new video you'll know about it first thanks for watching have a great day you