How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking

Visit our website: Buy our new ebook: Become a fan on facebook: SUBSCRIBE TO THIS CHANNEL TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! We appreciate it: In other words- walking on a loose leash. This video quickly outlines exercises to get your dog walking on a loose leash by your side. Put very basically FIRST you will teach the dog what you want them to do! And secondly, stop reinforcing them when they pull! I demonstrate the exercise using a clicker, but if you do not have one, you can always use a verbal marker like yes etc. However you will get much faster and reliable results by using the clicker. If you hold the clicker in the same hand as the leash, and keep the treats in the other hand, you will find it easier to manage. Practice holding the leash, clicker, and treats when you do not have the dog attached to the leash yet, so you dont become overwhelmed. A great book on loose leash walking, or how to stop your dog from pulling is- My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? by Turid Rugaas You can get this book on and other places too. Its very short and has lots of pictures. I would advise against using any forms of positive punishment when teaching any behavior, but especially leash walking, as startling or hurting a dog actually increases their stress hormones in their body causing the dog to be more hyperactive and more likely to become aroused and reactive towards other dogs and people (weather they want to greet them

Visit our web site for more information. Like us on Facebook for training tips, articles and video clips. Rounder, a Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue, demonstrates how to teach your dog to ring the bell to go outside. This is a good alternative behavior to train to prevent your dog from scratching at the door to go outside. Also, you know your dog has to go out, even when you’re not in the same room. You can also use an electric doorbell (the bell plugs into the wall; the ringer can be mounted anywhere). NOTE: you can skip the blue tape on the target and just have your dog target the bell in your hand. That is a quicker way of teaching this behavior. Once he targets the bell in your hand on cue, put it on the door and follow the rest of the steps in the video. I like using a target stick and blue tape because they are both useful for teaching other behaviors. For example, you can use a target stick to teach spin, bow (slide the stick on the ground back between the dog’s front legs) & crawl (when the dog is in a down, slowly slide the stick away from them on the ground). You can use the blue tape to teach the dog to close a door or drawer (touch) and as a body placement target. I made this video for my sister, Lydia, and her beautiful dog, Belle.

46 Responses to “How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking”

  1. using a clicker.. It is a common training aid. Small box with a clicker in it. Search for clicker training. Same trainer in this video introduces it.

  2. Take your dog for a run but a pretty long run your dog sees no leadership. Try it running dog a week then you see a change

  3. He also marks his territory at every bush, plant, light post or corner of a building when he can. It is seriously frustrating and whatever I do, he never tends to listen. He turns 8 months old tomorrow. He is a pretty small dog (Maltese/yorkie) but bigger than a chihuahua.

  4. My problem is, my dog still pulls no matter what. Since he is outdoors, he has no interest in the treat or reward. I walk back and forth but he just keeps pulling in all directions I turn to. Sometimes I stop walking an he turns to look at me but doesn’t want the reward. I sometimes walk very slow and turn to different areas but my dog just pulls harder. He practically runs. I live in apartments with alot of area to walk in but he barks at any person or dog he sees.

  5. No she ment clicking with a clicker 🙂 She uses a clicker to mark the good behaviour and then gives a treat, by doing that the dog easily can know when it has done something good or right

  6. What do you mean ‘click’? I click with my mouth?

  7. But I thought about what you said today, and I tryed it indoors and outdoors and we walk for hours, but finally my dog got it. Now he never pulls and walking seems great again. I love your videos and tips!!!!!

  8. Thank you Hemligahunden Pilon!

  9. Hemligahunden Pilon Reply January 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    indoors or somewhere else where there is not as much distraction.

  10. Hemligahunden Pilon Reply January 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Sometimes it’s a good idea to start the training indoors because there is not as much distraction.

  11. Hemligahunden Pilon Reply January 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    this exercise is not about making the dog believe you are the packleader. She only teaches the dog to heel. “The attentiveness means he’s looking at you for instruction.” yes, That’s what I mean. It can be annoying when trying to have a relaxing walk with the dog and the dog all the time looking at up to receive orders.

  12. You want that attention from your dog. You have to be the pack leader. You are his owner and he must learn that you are in charge. The attentiveness means he’s looking at you for instruction.

  13. we need the dog whisperer lol

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  15. Hello! Thanks for this helpful video. By the way, I hear many people keep on talking about Xobodog Training (google it), but I’m not sure if it is good. Have you tried this dog training program known as Xobodog Training? I have heard some amazing things about it.

  16. Do you have any tips for a dog that won’t walk away from home?

  17. Umm, when i click the clicker my dog is pulling so hard that he doesn’t even noticed that i did that, he is a golden retriever if that helpd any, thx

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  19. Just adopted a one year old, he is really sweet but he needs to learn this 🙂 thanks

  20. Trying out your techniques today. Thank you for the help.

  21. Hemligahunden Pilon Reply January 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    would it not be kind of annoying to have a dog how stares at you all the time when you are on a walk??

  22. i know they are good that’s how i trained mine but i want to know why eridanjim thinks they are bad

  23. Awesome Video!

  24. Thank you!

  25. Or a dog trainer….. Smile.

  26. Oh the adventures of a housewife…

  27. @boneless9512 That is a great question! I think the presence of the owner is part of the stimuli package (environmental cues) for the behavior. If the dog did try when the owner was absent, it wouldn’t work to make the door open & the dog would stop offering it. The dog would learn owner presence as one of the contingencies for the door to be opened. I don’t mind if my dogs ring the bell to go out and lay in the sun. If you wanted it only for potty time, you’d have to know your dog’s schedule.

  28. What happens when you are not home? Does the dog still ring the bell or not? And will the dog ring the bell when it just wants to go out but doesnt need to potty?

  29. It does help. Well, since she’s smart enough to learn how to touch the bell, lets hope that with practice she’ll start the “linking” soon 🙂 Thank you!

  30. That is a great question! I like the way you think. 🙂 You are pairing the two behaviors together – ringing the bell & going outside. If you are consistent, those two behaviors become linked. Dogs are economical in their actions to get to the reinforcement. The dog takes a behavioral shortcut, if you will, to get to the reinforcement. The bell predicts the door opening. Dog wants door open. Dog rings bell. This is similar to how you change a cue – new cue/pause/old cue.Does that help?

  31. This was very helpful but I have a question. Training a dog usually means that the trainer asks for something and the dog will respond. This case is different because the tables will turn so that the dog will ask for something (by ringing the bell) and the trainer will respond (by opening the door). As of right now we are “touching” before we let her outside, but when (and how) will she know to do it by herself to let us know she wants to go out?

  32. Very helpful. Thanks!

  33. Very good

  34. Very nice video – great instructions on how to use the cClicker. We have a lot of customers who use Clicker Training with PoochieBells – they are a perfect pair. BTW, your pooch is gorgeous!

  35. Gorgeous ridgeback by the way.

  36. This is a great video. You explain the steps on how to use the clicker and reinforcement perfectly. Thank you.

  37. BORING

  38. Thank you for watching. You can substitute a word (like “yep”) for the click. Pick a short, distinct word that you don’t say all the time in normal conversation. There is no set time frame for each step. That will depend on the dog. When the dog is at about 80% accuracy, then you can increase the criteria. Count out 5 or 10 treats. Each time your dog gets it right, give a treat. If they don’t respond, put the treat aside. Then, when the treats are gone, do the math. Happy training.

  39. i am interested in trying this.i have a few questions.
    what could i use to substitute the clicker? and how long should i try each step? by that i mean, working with click, then touch, then ring.. how long should i work on each step/how long should i focus on each step before adding on and moving on to the next?

  40. My chocolate lab does this, check my video on my profile.

  41. This is a great video .I love it ,I will try this on my 4 1/2 months German? mix puppy.
    I have a problem my puppy poops n pee in like 2-3mins.When I put her outside on ,the balcony .I literally watch her do this every time wen ,Im about to leave the house.She also plays with her poop n eats it.
    Help me!!!! Why does my puppy do this?
    How can .i stop this behavior.?

  42. @DxMasta14 Congrats on the new dog! Enjoy him – they grow up so fast. When I train this, I cue the dog to ring the bell each time we go out the door. Eventually, the dog learns that the bell is a cue for the door opening and they will ring the bell to cue you they want to go out. Happy training, Marge

  43. Thank you for the kind words. And, congratulations on your new puppy!! How exciting! Enjoy puppyhood – they grow up so fast. Keep me posted. I look forward to seeing video. In the meantime – happy training. 🙂

  44. This is so brilliant. With a 10 week old RR, we’re keen to get her well trained. Your videos are genius!

  45. Some times people have trouble training a paw touch. You can start with a really big target on on the floor, gradually make it smaller and smaller and then lift it up off the floor. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy training. 😀

  46. Thank you for watching our vid. 🙂 I like the nose touch for my (tall) dogs. A lot of dogs scratch at the door to let their owner know they have to go out. That is part of the reason I use the bell (so the dog has an acceptible alternative to scratching at the door). If you have a shorter dog you could hang the bell on a longer string so they could nose touch. Or, if you want a paw touch, you can still train it as outlined, just substitute the paw touch for the nose touch.

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