Choose the reward system you want to put into practice with your furry friend. You can buy small treats or take some food in a bag. You can even give him small pieces of sausage or cheese (if the vet gives you permission to give him that food). The important thing is for it to be a snack
that he can eat while walking. That way, nothing will interrupt the training process.
Just like you should reward the dog when he is good, you also have to tell him when he doesn"t do the right thing. There"s no need to yell at him, let alone beat him to make him understand. There are other, more “peaceful" ways to correct him that are more effective.
For example, if the animal pulls the leash, stop walking. He"ll notice that no matter how much he pulls, he isn´t going anywhere. If he sits down, lies down or doesn"t want to walk, take a few steps (the distance that the leash allows), call him, and offer him a treat.
7. Take control of the situation
The owner must be the one in charge at all times and, above all, especially when you"re out on the street where many things can happen.
Try to stay a bit ahead of the dog
, so that he treats you like the leader of the pack.
In addition, pay attention to his behavior when there are other dogs nearby. Do not change your attitude or get nervous, because the animal will feel and act accordingly. If you stay calm while walking, your pet will know that there is nothing to worry about, and that he should not attack or be on guard.
8. Keep training
Once you"ve taught your dog to walk with a leash, you mustn"t stop taking him out. If possible, go out several times a day. Not only does it provide excellent exercise for you both, but it will also help you to remember to keep training.
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