Leash Walking: There's Never a Time When the Rules Don't Apply
Leash Pulling is the number one complaint from most dog owners. What are we doing wrong? Why is leash walking the hardest thing to train?
Most dog owners think the it's the dog's responsibility to read their mind, to know when the rules apply and when they don't. In other words, to make judgment calls. Imagine how surprised Bailey is when the owner snarls at him and jerks on his leash when he pulls her over to meet a new dog . He's been pulling her from bush to bush for the past 4 minutes. Why have the rules changed?
The rules of leash walking can't keep changing from one moment to the next. There's never a time when the rules don't apply.
Walk dog with your relationship, not with your leash. There is no need to use physical punishment of any kind to teach your dog to be your walking partner.
Be engaging. Be fun. Be a good walking partner.
Know what your dog enjoys on a walk and then give only allow the dog to do these things when you've given them permission. This way your dog doesn't have to guess whether it's okay to pull you over to the neighbor to say "hi".
Before you take your dog to his favorite spot to sniff and explore, ask for one polite skill so you can use that sniffing activity as a reward. Say his name in a fun tone and when he looks at you, reward with a minute or so of smells or pee-mail.
Do these things often enough so that the dog sees you as a part of the walking experience instead of an impediment.