Cesar Millan Leash Pulling – How Cesar’s Tip Helped My Dog?
Leash Training A Grown Up Dog
But what if you have a grown up dog that has not been leash trained? How would you train him or rather “untrain” him?
You see for the new training to set in, the dog needs to understand that his current behavior is not acceptable. He will have to unlearn pulling and tugging.
Here I am sharing my own experience of teaching an untrained dog to walk on the leash.
Now I am a dog lover and sympathizer i.e. if I see a wounded dog I want to help him, bring him home, and take care of him. My friends know this well and one of them reached out to me when he needed help. This guy was getting relocated. He begged me to adopt his German Shepard. Well, how could I say no?
So here I am with an untrained adult dog and want him to learn good manners starting with leash training. This is entirely new to me. My two dogs were puppies when they came to live with me. I decided to take help from a professional.
The dog trainer obligingly came and showed me the steps of training the dog. He had brought his own well-mannered buddy along. At first I was a bit worried on seeing another dog. Won’t he come in between the training?
The trainer quickly put me at ease. He told me that his dog will actually help us in training my new dog. Here are the steps that the trainer showed me and I hope would also help you:
Show the dog who is the leader
First make the dog realize that what he is doing is wrong. There are various ways of achieving this. If the dog starts walking in front of you can go back to where you started like the porch or gate. Make him realize that you are the leader. Keep turning back till he adjusts to your pace of walking.
In our case the trainer had a unique way of showing the dog to slow down. He would pat the dog with his leg on the back. A slight touch that’s all. It would surprise the dog and make him look at you. Stop and make him sit for few seconds. Then start walking again. The trainer repeated this till the dog walked along with the trainer.
See and copy
Next came the non-verbal training by the trainer’s dog. My new buddy was taken to the van where the trainer’s dog was sitting. Before letting my dog enter the van the trainer let him smell the van’s door from the outside. Quickly the dog realized the presence of a stranger. Though he became a bit tensed, the trainer kept a firm hand on his leash and opened the door. He kept using his pat method now and then.
Once both the dogs finished exchanging pleasantries, the trainer took my dog inside his van and let him stay there for 5-6 minutes. Both the dogs were in a closed environment now. Some telepathy was going on. My dog’s new friend was telling him to stay calm and be less aggressive.
Let’s go for a walk
Once the threesome, the trainer, his dog and my dog were out, the trainer took them for a walk. His dog was not on a leash. He did not require it. He obediently kept close to his owner and was always a few steps behind. Never once did he try to run off in a different direction. The trainer was setting the direction of the walk and his dog was following it.
Strangely now, my new four legged companion who was on a leash also did not attempt to pull or tug. It seemed he was taking a cue from his furry companion. And my dog was trained. I will just have to make sure that this habit is maintained. Using commands should now be enough to keep him from wandering off on his own. Hope it has helped you and provided you some basic tips to use in case you face a similar situation.