Do you want to teach your dog to walk without a leash? To begin with, you must be clear that for your pet to learn to walk freely, he must see you as a leader. Apart from training him for hours with obedience exercises, your dog must have complete confidence in you. Your dog must assume from an early age that as an owner, you are her pack head. In this article, we’ll explain how to train your dog to walk off-leash.
To get your dog to walk without a leash, you will need time and patience. It is not an easy task, but with these tips, we will give you, you will achieve it. If your dog is a puppy, it is essential to start getting him used to walk without a leash, try loosening him up a bit in a park or safe space but never on the street.
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When you get to a green area, it should continue to be tied, then let it go a little so that it runs through that space but have its favorite prizes handy so it can come back for them. You must always be aware of him and not lose eye contact with him.
Another important tip is that you never pull on the strap too hard. It is commonplace that when a pet is taught to walk, it is fascinating and does not stop pulling. It is not advisable to react abruptly, pull gently, and stay still. You might need to do this numerous times, but you will see how your dog will understand the message and stand next to you. As soon as he does, give him an award again. Positive reinforcement is essential to forge individual attitudes.
Although it seems obvious to you, your dog should go out every day and, not only because it is essential to satisfy his needs, but because it is necessary to build a relationship of trust and affection. The walk with your dog is a time of connection and fun, take advantage of it to have fun, and teach him to trust you.
You also need to take several walks a day because you will get used to it faster, and you will not be so anxious when it comes to going out. When you overcome that anxiety, your dog will be better able to be attentive and obey commands.
You should take him for a walk through streets with wide squares where there are stimuli that keep your dog distracted while he is loose and, above all, in a location where there is no chance of getting hit by a car. The street is hazardous, and in the process of teaching your dog to walk without a leash, you should not be in any danger. Look for an area near your home that you see is safe and in which there are enough natural stimuli to keep your pet distracted.
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When you walk him without a leash, you should stop for moments and call him by his name. It is an excellent strategy for your pet to walk and also wait for you. A good trick is to let her walk for a while, stop, and call her. The usual thing is that she turns and waits. Afterward, you have to continue with the walk. It might not succeed the first time, but with patience, you will get it. Always carry his favorite cookies with you.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff