In the second week of puppy or beginner class we work on loose-leash walking. Although I love my job I must admit this is my least favorite class. It is much more fun to teach a puppy sit or down or leave it or just about anything else. I feel this way because this is the lesson that I really have to teach the humans much more than the dogs!
First, let me say that I recommend a harness and a 4′ or 6′ leash for walking. My favorite harness is one where the leash is attached to the front so if the dog pulls they are turned towards you. Never use a choke or prong collar or a flexible (retractable) lead. I will rant about those in another post!
Think about it. Dogs are not born with leashes attached so loose-leash walking is not a natural behavior. Most of the other things we teach…
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