Communication between dog and human produces great leash walking skills. How do you build these skills? This isn’t something that happens overnight, but an element of building these skills is reinforcement.
What if I told you that every time you look at me I will hand you $50? Obviously the way you felt about looking at me changed and the likelihood of you looking at me just increased.
An easy exercise you can do to help improve your leash walking skills is to reinforce your dog every time he looks at you. It’s really a very simple exercise. I think that the challenging part, however is capturing the moment. Let’s face it, as humans we are very focused on our to-do list.
So if you want to work on your leash walking skills make a two week commitment. For the next two weeks, every time you notice your dog looking at you praise him and/or give him a treat. This can happen whether he is on or off leash. You’re vacuuming and he looks at you; praise! You are watching TV and he looks at you; throw a treat. You are on a walk with him and he looks at you; praise and treat. I think you get the point. 🙂
Communication between dog and pet guardian is key to great leash walking skills and reinforcement is a stepping stone in this process.
For more leash walking tips, check out Michelle Huntting’s book “Control On Leash” http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Huntting/e/B00EFCZTB4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
BLOG WRITTEN BY MICHELLE HUNTTING
BUILDING THE BRIDGE OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DOG AND PET GUARDIAN.™