You can see more puppy and dog training videos on the Best Friends Pet Resort YouTube.
What does your dog need to know? How to stand still at your side on a loose leash. If she can't stand still without pulling, it is unlikely she can walk without pulling ahead at a faster pace than you walk and getting out of position.
By being able to stand still with a nice "J" in the leash as the dog in the photo shows, she demonstrates her understanding of polite leash walking behavior at the very basic level of being in position, at the same pace and not pulling.
Of course, it's even better to start pups walking at your side using food to lure and reinforce position and pace, all started without a leash. Adding the leash then is super easy.
Letter to the Editor
March 24, 2017
Kudos to Patterson Joint Unified School District designating the schools "safe zones". Full involvement in the schools and education process by parents and students can't happen when there is distrust and fear of the system.
Westside Animals for Adoption wants to let the public know that we are also a "safe zone" to encourage owners to reconnect with lost pets when they have been brought to us. Most of our loose, seeming stray, dogs are actually owned and wanted by their families. Let's not put up barriers to reuniting them.
I hope all our public shelters adopt this policy so we can move forward with the strategy of helping keep pets at home, or as some put it, "surrender prevention".
Westside Animals for Adoption
Change the cue + change the consequence = behavior will change.
Does your dog pull on leash when walking? Try these changes to teach your dog a loose leash walk. Puppies need more positive reinforcement during the teaching phase.
In past columns I described different emotions and behaviors of dogs in play environments, using the color labels, Green, Yellow or Red. A Green label is reserved for dog behaviors that easily fit into a wide variety of play groups. Yellow labelled emotions and behaviors need more careful matching and monitoring to make a play group successful. If emotions and behaviors are labelled Red, a dog may not be suitable for play groups unless an appropriate partner and environment is available conducive to that dog’s needs.
Labels depend not only on the dog’s character and experience but on each owner’s or professional’s abilities to observe and anticipate as well as appropriately react to what is happening during play.
Now it’s time to examine how to make dog to dog introductions more successful. Creating a calm first
Augusta Farley CPDT-KSA