Saturday, June 24, 2006

Leash training on the trail

How to train your dog to walk on a leash

SitStayfetch insists one of the most important tasks in dog training and establishing your authority is training the dog to walk on a leash. They include lots of information on how to train your dog to walk on a leash.

The first thing the dog has to learn is not to pull on the leash. This is taught by giving a quick snap on the leash whenever he starts to pull. And never let him keep pulling. Stop walking until he stops pulling.

I have never knew how to leash train a dog before. My last dog Jack who came to us after another family could not keep him in their neighborhood absolutely refused a leash. If you put one on him he would immediately try to run away and would sit down and refuse to move if you tried to walk him on it. Before that, Buster would only tolerate a leash when going public places. But he always heeled really well with out a leash.

Yesterday's three mile hike to the waterfall gave me and Smash plenty of practice. He did great until the thunderstorm came. Then he decided maybe he needed to be alpha dog and drag us to shelter. He calmed down soon enough and did really well on the trip back to the parking area.

Look at the smile on this dog!

How to train your dog to walk on a leash

For more about our trip to the waterfall see the story on JeepGirl Travels.

For more on how to train your dog to walk on a leash see SitStayFetch.

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