Watch! Lucy Heath's Dog Masterclass : Walk on a Lead | DogLife360
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Watch! Lucy Heath's Dog Masterclass : Walk on a Lead

As a professional dog trainer, ​​Lucy Heath knows first hand that you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. 

 

In her eight-part Masterclass Series, she shows us how it's done, stepping us through the fundamentals of training with kindness opening the way for a whole lot of fun for you and your dog.  

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In this video, Lucy shows us how to train your dog to walk on a lead

 

To begin training, you’re going to need some tasty treats and your dog’s favourite toy. 

To teach your dog to walk nicely and not pull on the lead, the first thing you’re going to do is teach them where you want them to be. And whichever side you want your dog to walk on, hang your lead over the opposite wrist so the hand that is nearest to them is ready to guide them or give them treats. 

 

 

Step #1: 

Start with your dog in front of you, get them interested in the tasty treat in your hand.  Take a step back and steer them towards you, bring your legs back together and your dog will be perfectly by your side.  This also means that in the future, if they do pull.  Then you can stop and get them back to where you want them to be before carrying on.  Once you’ve got your dog well practiced in finding the ‘heal’ position it’s time to begin walking. 

 

 

Step #2: 

As soon as your dog is in the ‘heal’ position, start walking.  Then raise your hand so they’re looking up at you and bring your hand back down to reward them.  Make sure they’re on a nice slack lead.

 

 

Step #3: 

Use your voice in an exciting way to keep your dog engaged.  Vary the number of steps your dog has to do before they get their reward.  

 

 

 

Option 2 

If your dog takes the treat and lunges pulling the lead taught, you can deliver the reward in a different way.  To make this much more difficult,  pop the treat on the floor, then take a couple of steps ahead of your dog so they’re playing catch up with you. 

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Check out more Dog Masterclasses with Lucy Heath 

 

 

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