How to Train Your Dog to Heel on a Loose Leash

How to Train Your Dog to Heel on a Loose Leash

To train your dog to walk to heel, it is vital they are calm and responsive. This allows them to have the focus to learn what you are asking of them. To accomplish this, it will help to plan the walk in a series of stages, starting off at a place with minimal distractions so you have the dog’s attention and can teach it the correct response. Then working through the stages whilst simultaneously reinforcing the response until your dog walks to heel in a busy place with many distractions. For example: Stage 1 – pick up the lead Stage … Continue reading

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

When it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, keep in mind the pet obesity epidemic facing our nation. Not only does this growing problem put them at a greater risk for many health problems, it also reduces their overall lifespan and can make them extremely uncomfortable. Also in the light of recent poisoning threats from treats manufactured overseas, many pet owners are choosing better alternatives for rewarding their animals. A majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices, but a large number of pets actually enjoy them when compared to traditional, packaged treats. For example, some dogs … Continue reading

The Truth Behind Loose Leash Walking

The Truth Behind Loose Leash Walking

As a trainer, often I get asked how a client can teach their dog to walk on a loose leash. Dogs sometimes pull on the leash because the dog walks at a faster pace than the person or because he has been inadvertently rewarded for pulling (like when they see someone they like and pull toward them and then get a greeting from the person) or perhaps the dog is very interested in the environment and pulls to investigate odors and other things he is interested in. Not only is this often uncomfortable for the person at the other end … Continue reading