TIP #1: SET UP FOR SUCCESS
It is up to you to set up your newly adopted dog to succeed in every situation. Don't expect him to be welcoming and happy with 8 people over for a dinner party the day of adoption. Don't expect him to know where to eliminate, or what not to chew on. Consider confining him for the first few weeks until you get to know him better.
If you keep your expectations low, you will inevitably be setting your rescue up to succeed much more than if you expect too much.
- Victoria Stillwell
TIP #2: RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
If your dog pulls and you don’t get a chance to mark and treat, apply red light/ green light. As soon as your dog pulls and the leash goes tight, stop. Wait for the leash to loosen even just a little bit and then walk forward. Be prepared to stop again if your dog pulls again and the leash tightens. Your dog needs to learn that a tight leash is a red light that stops the walk. A loose leash is a green light that means more walking.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI