|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 9:54pm PST |
|Do you mean loose leash walking or heeling?
If you mean loose leash walking, stop every time there's tension on the leash and resume the walk when the leash goes slack. It's not fun waiting around, they'll learn. Then let them go where they want (as much as you can) as long as they lead you with a slack leash. Once they learn that they can have fun without pulling you along, then you can go back to more structured walks without the constant stopping and weaving.
If you're looking for a true heel, I use hand targeting. Teach the dog to targe the palm of your hand on cue by saying "Heel" or whatever. Then you have your hand down and ask for targeting while you're on walks. They can only target your hand when they're in the heel position. It also takes their focus to target. Then you move on to lifting your hand away and putting it back down at random for targeting so they have to keep focus and watch for it.
Please don't use corrections. It's strictly a game and you reward them lavishly for compliance and that's what builds the compliance. If you move out of heel position, they miss your hand and they miss out on the reward. The game becomes self reinforcing because it's fun, so the game it's self becomes the reward. Eventually, when walking by your side on cue becomes a default behavior, you can stop hand targeting all the time. You want to also be sure to teach a release for them to stop heeling. Then you can turn it on and off for practice. For my own dog, I do a playful smack on the butt and a "Giddyup"! And for my other dog, I shuffle my feet and say, "Git!" Or I'll just use my general release word, "Okay."
But like said, a heel shouldn't be for your walks unless you're in a store, traffic, crowds, or whatever, or practicing it on and off. Walks should be mostly for fun, for the dog to engage their senses and this includes sniffing at things.
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