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Posted on 12-19-2017
Walking on a leash is one of the most unnatural things that a dog can do. Unlike other behaviors like 'sit' or 'down', where the dog only has to figure out that you are associating a word (the command) with an action they already know how to do, loose leash walking requires your dog to learn how to perform a totally new action.
Our Canton vet knows that unfortunately, it can also be hard to be consistent when practicing loose leash walking, which makes the process even slower.
Several different methods exist to teach your dog not to pull on a leash, many of which can be used together:
There are no quick fixes in loose-leash walking, but equipment can be a saving grace that allows a big strong dog to be walked while being trained. Front-clip harnesses are easily accepted by most dogs, while head halters give more control but require you to spend more time getting your dog used to them. Prong collars, shock collars, and choke chains are not recommended because they can cause fear or aggression even in dogs with no previous history.
Pets that can't behave often find themselves homeless, and our Canton vet cares about all aspects of life for your furry friend. Proper training that relies on telling your dog when they are good with praise, toys, and treats, as well as denying them access to what they want when they are bad, is an important tool in molding your dog into a great family member.
Contact us today at 770-479-1905 to make an appointment for your great family member with Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA.
Which loose-leash walking method works best for your dog?
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