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How to train dog to walk properly on a leesh.?

Pease help! My dogs are Minature Pinchers 1& 2 years old. They will not walk on a leesh correctly, they pull, tug, & practically walk me. I have tried treats to reinforce good behavior, stopping, etc. to no resolve. Any suggestions? I can’t afford obedience classes at this time.

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10 Responses to “How to train dog to walk properly on a leesh.?”

  1. knk724 said :

    only give about 2-3ft lee-way on the leash and make them walk beside you and not way ahead or behind you. this will take time, but thats the only way. instead of training them, they are training you. keep them close to you when you walk.

  2. DCgirl30 said :

    a way that worked for me was walking them in their normal enviroment so that all the scents, sights etc. are the same. just start walking and if they start to walk off pull them to you and tell them no, but if they walk good give them a treat and a pat. gradually work your way into new areas. hope i helped.

  3. laura j said :

    When you walk keep them close beside you all the time.
    dont let them pull you-you are taking them for a walk.
    you might have to take one dog for a walk at a time until they get the rules
    you will have to do alot of light tugging on the harness to keep them in check
    be consistant do the same thing everytime you go for a walk.use small treats.maybe a special treat when you go for walks
    my minpin likes carrots!
    use the same command each time i use -SIDE-
    maybe a different walking route will help

  4. beautygrl23 said :

    Whenever you go for a walk and your dog starts to walk in front of you pull it back firmly and say their name and then ” heal ” or ” back ” while you are walking. And if it get way to out of hand make the dog sit and give it a good scolding.

    Also when you are about to cross a street if you do make it sit while you look for cars. When ever they do something good you don’t need to spend extra money on treats. Just give them a good scratch. They always love attention usually.

    And if you want it to roam free ( this usually works better with a retractable leash ) Just say ” OK” and let it go.

    This might take awhile for your dog to learn and get used to, but it is so worth it when they listen to you.

    Also stick to the same commands and the side you walk your dog on or the dogs might get confused.

  5. lillian_ivy said :

    Have you tried a “choke collar”? Your pup is supposed to walk beside not in front of you and not behind you.

  6. Jon H said :

    Two words: choke chain. Not the kind with spikes on them. There are also some made out of nylon that are even more humane. Keep them on the shortest leash possible and any time they start to pull, you pull back. But don’t just pull lightly, give the leash a little slack and then yank on it real quick. you don’t need to keep pulling on it, just one quick yank will get the message across.

  7. bdbarbie said :

    I have a rotti/hound mix. He learned to walk on a leash in 2 weeks. I use a choke collar & when he starts to pull just give the leash a tug & say heel or back. Now he walks with me. The only problem I have now is when he sees a rabbit or another dog then he will act like a nut!! Good luck

  8. ksue said :

    First, it is best to use a harness that hooks in the front. This allow you to have more control. Otherwise, I learned in class that you have them walk next to you and keep saying “yes” or good boy as the walk next to you constantly giving them treats. If they go ahead, stop until they sit/calm down then start again.

  9. JawsOfLife said :

    I’ll tell you a short story to begin. I adopted a “pound” dog almost 6 weeks ago. A 4-5 yr. old pure Boxer. Great dog. Marshmallow around adults, children, etc. However, she showed what others called “extreme animal aggression”. I even had a vet advise me to send her to Boxer Rescue as I would (and I quote), “lose my house and thousands of dollars when she hurt a child or someone else’s animal.” It was awful. She was really over the top and scared me. She never asked me one question about my dog. She saw her anxiety when another dog approached the building and then proceeded to try to convince me that this dog was a menace and dangerous. I was mortified but had faith in my dog and my ability to find help. Even considered contacting the “guy” in Los Angeles. Didn’t have to. Found an amazing trainer locally who was the dog whisperer before the other guy could walk.

    How long did it take to train my dog to walk on a leash and cancel out the “dog aggression?” Let’s see. $55.00 (private instruction and a choke collar) and all of … Hmm. Conservatively, I would say the guy took 5-6 minutes. Yep. That’s right.

    So. What did he do? A combination of what others recommended. A choke collar (non-pronged for my dog but may be needed for others), lots of praise when she did what he wanted, a 2-3 minute warm-up to teach her what the collar was all about and that it was unpleasant with quick jerks, never stop to wait for the dog but rather continue to walk when he/she strays; call the dog’s name to obey, quick jerk if she doesn’t come to your side, when she does, praise and a few genuine strokes to the ear/side of head, (keep walking), and make sure they can see you at all times which means not walking in front of you at all. If she tried to get ahead of him, he would simply “stop” and step backwards while giving a quick jerk to the chain, when she would turn to look at him, she understood she had to come back. He then praised her and continued to walk forward.

    So — it’s impossible to 100% accurately describe what this expert of 30 years accomplished in 5 minutes. But take heart. Get recommendations from a great trainer and save up to pay for one private instruction. Get some help, get some confidence, and an accurate assessment of your dog. It’s worth it.

    In closing, after I practiced a bit under his watchful eye, I then was able to walk my dog past a trailer full of german shepherds, rottweiler’s, and another mix, and have total control of her. Whereas, when I arrived, I was yelling for help because she was pulling so hard and almost dragging me to the trailer.

    Amazing story I know. Not everyone will have the same result. But look what an expert can do for you.

  10. Laura K said :

    I adopted a rott/chow when she was 1 1/2 years old, and then about a year later, I adopted a 7 mo. old German Shepherd Dog. Neither were good leash walkers – but my mix was horrible. I have tried collars, chest harnesses, gentle lead nose harnessess, obedience classes, and private trainers. None of them have worked, and I’m sure you are just about as frustrated as I was. I almost stopped walking them because of how not relaxing our walks were!

    The simple thing that I have done is this: I stopped making it a power struggle and I began walking backwards! Once I relaxed, the dogs relaxed. I made up the game (who cares if the dog knows she is playing or not). Whenever one of the dogs gets almost to the end of her 6 foot leash, I stop. When she gets to the end, I say “Oops, try again” and begin to walk backwards until both dogs are at my side. I praise them, then begin walking forward, just as happy as can be!

    When I first started this, it seemed somewhat daunting because we seemed to be walking backwards more than forwards, but now after about 2 months, we go backwards about 4 times at the begining of the walk and they generally stay considerably close for the remainder of our hour walk.

    Good luck and have fun – what good is a dog if you don’t enjoy them!


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