Twosday Training Tip
TIP #1: REFORMING A PULLER
Have you ever been injured by your dog yanking on their leash? It is very frustrating for dog owners when their dogs drag them. Many dogs have their social outings severely restricted, simply because their owners have difficulty controlling them on-leash.
Here are some tips to follow that will reform a puller into a more pleasant walking companion.
• Have a clear, realistic mental image of the leash-walking behavior you strive to train.
• Prevent your dog from being reinforced for pulling on the leash by stopping, backing up, or walking the other direction when your dog pulls.
• Provide generous and varied reinforcement for approximations of the leash- walking behavior you want, in order to shape your end result.
- The Whole Dog Journal
TIP #2: DON'T YELL
Never yell at your dog or scold her using her name. Yelling and scolding isn't effective dog training anyway, but using her name is even less so. If she thinks hearing her name means she's done something wrong or that you're angry with her, she won't come to you or otherwise listen to you.
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Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI