If you lose your dog lags behind, the best way to get them to follow is to make noise and hurry away from them. Use food lures to keep their attention, but only reward them with a treat when they do an excellent job.
As your dog learns to maintain a loose leash you can start stringing more and more steps together. Keep praising the appropriate behavior, and correcting the bad behavior and soon you’ll be walking your dog happily on leash
After taking a single step, the dog is likely to get excited and may start pulling on the leash again. Keep praising the loose leash and gently jerking the tightened leash until they leave it loose for several seconds.
“Steady” means we want a loose leash. If they tug on the leash, say “Steady” and tug back. If the leash is loose, praise the dog. If the leash remains loose for several seconds take a single step and repeat.
Laura Enos demonstrates how to keep the leash loose, and give your dog a warning when they begin to stray. If they’re not paying attention, give them a warning, and if they don’t respond, try yanking the leash or abruptly changing directions.
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