Question by Silo: How to leash train an adult dog.?
I *really* want to leash train my dog, but the issue is, I don’t know what method works for me and my dog. I live in a neighborhood where no one is allowed to have a fence, so when it’s time to potty, he has to be on a leash. Though I work and go to school, I still have time to play with my dog and walk him between 2-3 miles a day – normally broken up into 1 mile routes that occur 3 times a day.
I tried the stop and turn back method. My dog is just as happy going backward as he is forward, so this doesn’t make any difference to him. I’ve tried the start and stop method, but somehow all I’ve taught him is that if he keeps pulling, we won’t go anywhere. So he’ll stop and let the leash go slack – sometimes he’ll even sit down and wait – but when we start walking again he’s right back to it.
I try to time the walks so that he doesn’t have to hold his bladder more than 9 hours (which is about the amount of time it takes me to sleep or finish a shift). Unfortunately, that means I don’t have much time to work with him, and even if I work with him in my spare time, I can’t always be consistent on days when I’m running late and have to walk him fast.
So what would be a better method for someone who can’t be consistent when training requires waiting on the dog to stop pulling?
Answer by August
When my dog decides to pull I either do the stop and wait method-but lets face it that takes time and could take hrs to walk around the block. So if I dont feel like waiting I tell her she’s going on short leash, I wrap the leash around my hand a bunch so she has to walk right by me and if i step on her because she is trying to get in front of me or pull then oops to bad I just keep on walking (as her leader i try not to apologize when disciplining her) and she eventually gets it. If your having trouble keeping your arm by your side you can bring your other arm behind your back and hold onto it for more support. She still walks in front of me but she doesn’t pull anymore (unless she sees a small animal but she’s only 40 lbs.)
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