Posted on June 12, 2014
When you take your dog for walk do you feel like they are the one that is walking you? It is hard to enjoy a walk with your favorite companion if they are constantly pulling. If this sounds like your situation then you have come to the right place. At SitStay we offer a wide variety of dog training equipment, that can help you to to train your dog to do pretty much anything, including becoming a respectful walking buddy.
Although there are many methods that can be effective in teaching your dog to walk alongside you, there is one that we find especially effective --lure and reward. In this method you will position your pup on your left-hand side. You will keep a handful of small, soft training treats in your left hand, like these Zuke's Savor Salmon Mini Naturals. The idea is to hold the treats out within an inch of your dog's face to guide him or her along, and every-so-often pop one in their mouth, while at the same time praising them. If your dog starts to veer off or pull ahead, you should stop immediately, call your dog's name, ask them to sit and then start all over again. After a week or so of practicing this way, it is time to pocket the treats and walk with your empty left hand hanging naturally by your side. When your dog is walking beside you calmly, pull a treat out of your pocket and give it to them. At first give them a treat after every other step, then about every 5 steps and finally every 10 steps.
Walking a dog that constantly pulls can take the fun out of an afternoon walk, but by following the above easy steps, you can train your dog to walk calmly beside you.