Walking On A Leash
Training a dog to walk using a leash in an important part of dog ownership. Many cities and counties have laws requiring that dogs be kept on leashes at all times when being walked. However, the prospect of walking a large dog can be scary and even dangerous, if the dog is untrained. Fortunately, there are some ways to lessen the risk of injury to the dog walker.
First, it is important that a dog get used to walking on a leash as soon as possible. Training a puppy will automatically be much easier than training an older dog that is already sat in its ways. Puppies are also smaller and will be less likely to be able to pull the dog walker along.
Retractable leashes are great inventions that can aid training dogs and prevent injury to the dog and the walker. The leash has a button that allows the walker to extend and retract the leash at varying lengths, depending on how much room one wants to give the dog to walk. If the dog starts getting unruly, the walker can pull the dog closer and prevent the dog from going too far off the correct path.
When one is first training a dog, it is best to be in a large, open area. Getting a leash wrapped around various obstacles can cause the dog walker to trip or even choke the dog. Once the dog is used to the leash, then the dog walker can feel confident walking the dog wherever it is necessary.
Make sure the dog does not pull on the leash. The dog should stay beside or behind the walker, and there should be slack on the leash. Practice makes perfect, and if the dog goes too far ahead, then the dog walker can retract the leash a little. Praise the dog when it is walking at a good pace.
Once training is complete, it will be easy to walk the dog wherever needed. The dog, the walker, and others around will be safe once you have practiced with a retractable leash. Lots of praise and treats will add to your enjoyment!