Leash training, like most dog obedience training is less problematic if we can break it down into straight forward, manageable steps.
The biggest problem people run into is failure to use the line consistently. The dog then becomes "leash wise." They will behave perfectly when the line's attached and when it’s not...well, not so much. Consistency is the key to creating the habits you want, such as coming when called without hesitation, so don’t forgo the line prematurely and definitely don’t Ping Pong. Ping Ponging basically means some days the line is on and other days it's off. I cannot overstate how damaging this is to your training! Once the dog becomes leash wise you will be in deep doodoo, my friend...which really stinks!
If you had asked me 25 years ago if my dog was off-leash trained I would of said, "Oh yeah, totally, for sure, dude!" However, I was surfing couches and playing guitar for a living in those days. My dog was never on a leash and went with me everywhere, but, was he actually trained? If you asked me now I would say, "No, not really." Same person, same question, different answer. Why? Because I hold myself and my dogs to a higher standard than I did back then. Assuming that you do, too, I've laid out a few details for an enjoyable, safe and successful off-leash transition.
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Petco Adjustable Recall Training Leash for Dogs
Historically trainers encouraged folks to act like a tree the moment their dog began to pull on the leash. This method does work nicely with puppies, but it just doesn't work for the adolescent or older dog who has learned to pull you around.First you will click and reward simply for introducing the leash/harness, and collar. Give your dog ample time to become accustomed to these tools before putting them on your dog. Soon, he will get excited once he sees them! Now, you may begin allowing your pooch to wear them around the house, increasing the wear time. Keep your dog inside with you, during the beginning of training to help him be successful (training outside can be distracting), and click and reward every time he chooses to be near you while he wears the collar and leash. Also click and reward if he looks up at you, this is the foundation to getting his focus! outside may be more frustrating because there are numerous distractions for you to compete with for your dog’s attention. Understand, from his point of view how much more difficult this task has now become, and don’t lose your patience; don’t drag him or allow him to drag you! Walk slowly and click and treat if he stays at your side, if he begins to pull, stop or change your direction then click and treat when he reaches your side again!