Walking Your Dog with a Slack Leash

Walking Your Dog with a Slack Leash

Walking your dog is great exercise and gives you a chance to socialize. However, it isn’t fun to walk your dog if he is dragging you around the neighborhood by the leash. Thus you need to teach your dog to walk with a slack leash. Train your dog when he is alert but not overly excited. Continue walking as long as your dog is walking calmly at your side. If the leash gets taut, turn around and quickly walk in the opposite direction. Call your dog so he needs to hurry to keep up. Repeat this procedure over and over as your dog gets the message that he needs to stay calm during walks. Praise your dog if he walks calmly. Anticipate what might cause your dog to bolt and command him to sit until the temptation passes. Be patient as your dog learns this proper behavior. For more information, contact your Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital.

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