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Subject:         Re: how can i get my dog to walk properly on a leash?
Date: December 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm PST

In Reply to: how can i get my dog to walk properly on a leash? posted by Shannon on December 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm:

How long has this gone on? How old is she and how long have you had her?

I would start by letting her drag a leash **all** the time. In the house and out. My first guess is that something may have happened in a prior home that makes her fear being on leash.

In rewarding her - you don't reward her for stopping --you reward her for moving. Clicker training can be really helpful for something like this and once you 'load' the clicker (meaning you click/treat enough initially that the clicker itself becomes the 'reward' as you phase out actual treats.

But my rule of thumb is that I keep 'treats' small enough to be eaten as they move. One tiny kibble -- the barest lick of something like cheese or even holding onto a toy while she bats at it for a few seconds.

Leave the leash on while you do some obedience work with her -- sit, lie down, stand ... and from stand taking a step forward and beyond.

It may also help you to have some trigger words for obedience. Mine is "Are you ready? Let's go!" You use those words both indoors and out, on and off leash.

dogs are *very* situational -- what they will do inside they may not do outside -- heck what they do in the living room they won't do in the kitchen until you broaden the scope and require it in more places.

So I would desensitize her to the leash inside when there is no pressure, things are great - you can play with her with the leash on, she gets fed with it on and everything else. Going "out" for a walk is just part of everything else she will learn to do "on leash".

Make sense?

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