When we first get our new puppy or a dog from rescue, we generally wish to know what sort of coaching, if any, the dog knows. Sit is about the very first thing a dog learns so many dogs know this one, even puppies. But as we move thru life with our dogs it is awfully helpful for humans to be in a position to direct the dogs from one place to another.
Having your dog pulling on lead is a bad habit that desires correcting immediately.
This behavior makes for pissed off owners and presumably injurs the dog’s neck. There’s a way to change this behavior.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if our dogs could change direction or wait for a few minutes whilst we made our way to the car, around the block or even in the house? Having a dog dash across a busy street is frightening and deadly. That is something that happens too regularly and can be curtailed.
My dog trainer, John Spieser, asserts that the first 2 commands he teaches a dog or a puppy are “wait” and “this way”.
Using these 2 commands he will get a dog to go just about anywhere he needs them to and keep the dog safe along the way. This is also used to get a dog to stop pulling on the leash.
The command “wait” is easy to show your dog. For some reason, wait, feels temporary to a dog so he’s more willing to wait there than to “stay” somewhere for ages. “Wait” is good for street corners. Tell your dog to “wait” at the corner whilst traffic passes.
Or maybe your dog desires to stay calm whilst another dog, kids, bikes or whatever passes by. Perhaps you want him to wait for his food. No matter what the reason, the dog learns that it is only a short lived situation, shortly to be followed by the release (which is rewarding) and possibly more certainly stimulating for the dog.
The “this way” command beats come.
The recall or “come” command tends to get over used and dogs may get resentful after hearing it regularly. Using “this way” permits the dog to keep moving but in a different direction. If your dog is running away from you and does not come back to the characteristic recall command of “come”, then try implementing “this way” into your training routine.
A dog hears this as a chance to please and still keeps moving. It’s much less restrictive to the dog and it’s really easy to show this to a dog.
For more effective communication with your dog, try dog coaching commands that teach your dog a way to move with you without being too restrictive. Consider making “wait” and “this way” a first part of your repertoire.
These two commands are successfully used in changing the leash pulling behavior too.
The 2 dog behavior training commands that make the most sense are ones that give you a lot of flexibility with your dog.
Get your dog or puppy moving where you want him using these 2 dog training instructions. Stop your dog pulling.