I want you to do a quick, mental exercise with me.
Imagine for a minute that you and I are walking next to each other. It’s a nice day and we are walking along the road with beautiful fields on either side. Mountains are off in the distance and we are both excited for the walk.
We walk for a few steps and then I punch you in the arm. Not real hard, but hard enough for you to feel it.
We walk a few more steps and I punch you in the arm again. This time a little harder. For the rest of the walk I keep punching you in the arm with varying degrees of intensity.
My question for you is simple:
What would you do if I really did this to you?
You would do one of three things:
1. You would punch me back – fight.
2. You would run away – flight.
3. Or you would stop walking – freeze.
This is why I think it is insane to use a choke collar to train a dog to walk on leash. Basically you, the trainer, keeps punching the dog in the name of training.
Think about this for a second. You’re walking next to me and every few feet I hand you a dollar bill. How would you feel about walking next to me?
I would guess that every single person reading this would much rather walk next to me handing out money.
Teaching your dog to walk next to you does not have to be a struggle. It does not require the use of harsh equipment or methods.
All you need to know is how to teach your dog that walking next to you is pleasant. This does NOT mean that you’ll be handing treats to your dog on every walk for the rest of your dog’s life.
You start out that way and then switch to life rewards. Your dog gets what he wants (forward movement) by doing what you want (walk without pulling).
You can see how its done with the step by step videos I put together on my brand new Leash Walking Secrets Course.
All you need to do is go here NEXT:
All the best,