In this episode of Pandemic Puppy, Kayla discusses leash skills for you and your puppy
- It’s not entirely necessary for your dog to walk perfectly on leash
- Pulling will always be self-reinforcing, so it can take a lot of patience and persistence to teach loose leash walking
- Your equipment won’t teach your dog what to do, you will teach your dog what to do
- You can teach your dogs to pull on certain equipment and not to pull on other equipment if it is of benefit to you
- To start, you can reward your dog for position and check-ins
- It can get worse before it gets better
- You can start in the house then start building distractions and distance
- Record keeping your sessions will help you!
- If your puppy starts pulling you can stop moving or go in a different direction
- Start slow and take your time, don’t expect too much too soon
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Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.