If your reprimand isn’t changing their behavior, then repeating it will only desensitize them. An abrupt and startling reprimand is the most effective. If you do take hold of the dog, be sure to hold them until you can praise them for being good.
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.
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