One of the most fundamental skills that a dog should learn at a very young age is to walk on a loose leash. When a dog pulls the leash while walking, it is not only stressful for the dog owner but also to the dog itself. It can also give neck injury to the dog, which you wouldn’t like to happen.
As a dog owner, you must comprehend that a dog doesn’t have an innate understanding of the things that they should or shouldn’t do. Thus, the responsibility is on you as an owner to be patient in training your dog. Use positive reinforcements to motivate your dog to learn this skill.
In this video, a successful dog trainer shows us how to positively train a puppy to walk on a loose leash. The first concern that should be addressed is the pulling of the leash when walking. The two main reasons a dog pulls his leash is either he wants to explore the environment he’s in or because he has already been reinforced to do pulling. If this behavior cannot be addressed properly, then your dog may think that pulling the leash is okay and it might continue as they grow old.
As with any other training, you should be break down the entire training into steps. In this way, it will be much easier for both the dog and you to become successful in this training. You can start with setting up the dog in a low-distraction type of environment, add gentle pressure and reinforce positively. Accelerate the training by building the foundation while keeping the activity fun for the dog, and then add cues. Don’t forget the rewards for your dog in every step that he’s successful in doing.