Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New Ebook
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Teaching Your Dog to
Walk on Leash Cont'd
What To Do When This (Last Week's Excerpt) Doesn't Work
Walking on leash is one of the basic elements of training that owners very often have trouble with. It's difficult to teach. If your dog has trouble with it, there are a couple of options available to you to correct the problem.
1. Work more on getting your dog's attention.
This is a slightly "old school" technique, but it can be very effective for some dogs. With some Aussies, the training above will only work when the treats are on offer (if this is happening remember to use jackpots and random rewards first). If you can get your dog to walk nicely in the back yard but it all goes out the window when you get to the street, you need to develop her attention.
To do this, follow the same steps as described above, but forget about the treats. Instead, every time the dog tries to forge ahead by tugging on the leash, you change direction. This will force the dog to understand that she must pay attention to where you want to go, because you're making the decisions about where to walk.
2. Simply use a no-pull harness.
This is the easy but more expensive solution. You can buy harnesses that wrap around your dog which use a special mechanism to make it physically impossible for your dog to pull forward. Halti harnesses are a good choice.
If you get your dog to understand and consistently perform all of the above commands, you'll have a better behaved pet than 95% of Aussie owners out there. So that's a huge achievement on its own. These commands will be the ones you use most often around the house and when you're out walking on a daily basis.
There are a few less common but equally handy commands you can teach. We'll spend the rest of this chapter going over these.
Next time: The "In Your Crate" Command
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