I don’t know how people manage to enjoy walking when their dog is dragging them at the end of the leash. All dogs can be taught to walk with you.
Allow your dog a few minutes to relieve himself and work off some excess energy. Put his leash on and spend about 10 to 15 minutes daily on his lesson. I like to use a slip collar, also known as a choker collar. Put the leash in your right hand with the dog on your left side. Place your dog in a sit position by saying his name first, the word sit, and pushing down on his bottom and pulling straight up with the leash. Tell him what a good dog he is.
If he gets up, repeat the process until he sits quietly. Don’t get frustrated if your dog doesn’t learn as quickly as you think he should. Speed learning is not our goal, obedience is. When you think your dog understands the word sit, you are ready to walk.
Put the leash in your right hand with your dog sitting on your left. Say the dog’s name and the word “heel”. Step forward. If your dog starts dragging you, turn and go in the opposite direction. He will get to the end of the leash and slightly choke himself. The idea is to get him to walk with you.
Every time he starts off in a different direction without paying attention to you, change direction and let him correct himself. Praise him for correcting himself and joining you.
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