It takes two to tango

One of the most common reasons people contact me is to help with getting their dog to walk politely on leash.  Oftentimes, it is a newly adopted dog that has no leash skills whatsoever. Sometimes these dogs are big adolescents that are strong and difficult to manage. Sadly, this problem can spiral to a disastrous place if not addressed because the more unpleasant the walk is for the human, the less walks they take with their dog, creating a dog that is not getting enough exercise and stimulation and therefore leading to potentially serious behavior problems. Usually, by the time a client c me, they are frustrated beyond words with their dog and angrily yanking and fighting with the dog in an attempt to fix the problem. The problem, however, must be addressed on both ends of the leash. After all, it takes two to tango! 

The fact is, the dog has not been trained to walk on a leash and the handler is often doing all the wrong things, beginning with creating a lot of tension on the leash.  The leash is not a joy stick for your dog and shouldn't be used as such.  

Recently, I came across this excellent video, made by Southern California dog trainer Glenn Massie about how to train a dog to walk politely on leash. Its a solid lesson, using a simple leash and collar, no special equipment, and no food. If you are struggling with getting your dog to walk politely with you I strongly recommend this excellent video