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Mastering the Art of Walking Nicely on Lead: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you tired of your dog pulling on the lead during walks, making the experience less enjoyable for both of you?

If so, you're not alone. Many dog owners struggle with this common issue. But fear not! With patience, consistency, and the right approach, you can teach your dog to walk nicely on the lead.

Let's delve into the essential steps of mastering loose lead walking:

Understanding the Concept

Loose lead walking isn't just about your dog walking nicely; it's about keeping the lead loose. So keeping the lead loose, just your normal standard lead, one that is three meters on a normal standard collar. This will teach your dogs that when they are on their collar, you are expecting loose lead walking.

Keeping the Lead Loose

Begin walking backward, rewarding your dog for staying within the confines of the lead and coming closer to you. Use a marker word like "yes" to signal the desired behaviour without resorting to body blocking, which can lead to frustration.

Moving Forward

While walking backward is a great starting point, we can't do it forever. Transition to walking forward while maintaining a loose lead. Engage your dog with a two-step process: step back to engage, then turn and proceed forward. This helps keep the lead loose while encouraging your dog's focus on you.

Challenges and Tips

Training in distracting environments or when your dog is overly excited can be tough. Start in a controlled environment, like your home, before gradually introducing distractions. Set realistic expectations and celebrate small victories. Even short practice sessions outside your house can reinforce the desired behaviour.


Remember, teaching your dog to walk nicely on the lead is a gradual process that requires patience and consistency. But with dedication and the right approach, you can achieve success. So, let's all commit to training our dogs and enjoy stress-free walks together!

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