Walking Your Dog with a Slack Leash

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Walking your dog is great exercise and gives you and your dog a chance to socialize and bond. However, it’s not so much fun if your dog is dragging you around the neighborhood by his leash. Thus you need to learn how to walk your dog with a slack leash. Start training when your dog is alert but not overly excited. Start your walk and continue as long as your dog walks close to you and the leash is slack. If the leash becomes taut, turn around quickly and head in the opposite direction. Call your dog so he needs to hurry to keep up. Continue this procedure as your dog gets the message that he needs to walk by you with a slack leash. Praise and reward your dog if he walks properly. Never punish your dog while he is learning. For more information, contact your Carteret County, NC veterinarian.

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