Great Training Tips to Help a Your Dog to Walk Next to You

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: July 31, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Zoey, a two-year-old German Shepherd mix who needed to stop pulling on the leash and learn how to do loose leash walking.

Just like many dogs, Zoey had an issue when going for walks: leash pulling. I often find that if dogs can stop pulling on the leash their owners enjoy taking their dogs for walks more and more so the dogs ultimately gets more exercise and outdoors time! To help Zoey stop pulling on the leash I taught her guardians our Structured Walk exercise, which you can watch below.

One great dog training tip is to stop moving if Zoey keeps pulling on the leash. If she is pulling and the quick, mild corrections are not helping her slow down and give in to that type of pressure, then you need to stand still. Dogs quickly learn that pulling equals standing still, which is not that much fun for them. Once they learn this they are more likely to walk in the heel position beside you.

By the end of the session Zoey was learning how to walk nicely next to her owners and making the walk enjoyable for everyone. To keep up with this good behavior remember to walk her on the same side of you each time you take her out for a walk and to take shorter, successful trips rather than trips that are too long and she eventually starts pulling again. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Zoey’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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