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How to Stop Your Dog Walking You

One of the most common requests for assistance that GRRA's Canine Behavior and Training team receives is training a dog on proper leash walking. There are all types of distractions that can trigger a dog's behavior to sit, pull, lunge or bark during a walk. These behaviors can be driven from fear of unknown situations to simply not knowing how to walk on a leash properly. For any of these scenarios, training a dog on proper leash walking takes time and positive encouragement. Here are a few simple steps to train or retrain your dog on leash walking:

  1. Start inside, to minimize distractions

  2. Introduce or reintroduce your dog to the collar, leash, and harness

  3. Practice leash walking inside

  4. Then practice outside -- take small steps: start in your yard or small area and then expand

  5. Always encourage, reward, and reinforce for following your cues, do not force your dog - time and patience with leash training will get your dog walking properly.

For additional information on proper leash walking, attached are references from AKC and Chewy.


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