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Punishment and pain can also lead to an escalation of bad behavior and in some cases even aggression toward the owner.
This type of training is more effective because it builds a bond of trust and cooperation between animals and human, the animals (and the human) actually look forward to training!
However, your dog has to be taught that the clicker means something, clicking alone is not reinforcing, you must teach your dog what the clicker means.
Leash training, like most dog obedience training is less problematic if we can break it down into straight forward, manageable steps. Scheduling multiple training sessions throughout the day will help your dog learn more quickly because dogs like schedules and he will look forward with happy anticipation until you can go out again!
I like training right before breakfast, lunch or dinner because my pups are hungry and pay more attention, and I can even use their kibble (food) for reward! There are many reasons why dogs pull on leashes, with the biggest reason being that they are simply excited!  Dogs need to get out of the house on a regular basis in order to get exercise and to stimulate their minds.  Going for walks also gives them opportunities for socialization and to familiarize themselves with their neighborhood, essentially creating a visual and a scent-based map in their mind so they can find home if they ever get lost.
First, begin by walking by controlling the length of the leash with your left hand and looping the handle around your right wrist for safety. If your dog rushes forward and pulls, IMMEDIATELY stop walking (even if you are in mid-stride) and do not move an inch until your dog comes back to you and the tension goes away.  The SPLIT SECOND that tension disappears, continue your walk.


You can even use treats to reward your dog when they come back to walk nicely at your side! If you feel uncomfortable with your dog meeting strangers, it’s OK to tell them you would prefer they not meet your dog right now.
With consistent hard work, you and your dog should be walking in sync in no time!  Once your dog is walking nicely on the leash, I encourage you to start opening up your dog’s world by taking them to new places and introducing them to as many people and dogs as you can. Hi Nicole, Your dog probably has behavior problems because his previous owners didn’t take time to train him. I have 8 yr old chihuhua & got very tired of her pulling me to smell all the time when I took her for a walk.
Hi Hilary: It sounds like your puppy just needs some more work and positive reinforcement on leash training. Counter your dog’s excitement with slow steps and as much eye contact as you can get. I believe all dog should be trained well enough to be walked on a buckle collar or harness alone, no dog training collar to over-use or rely on! Skinner one of the leading researchers on reinforcement found that positive reinforcement is superior to punishment in altering behavior because positive reinforcement results in lasting behavioral modification and punishment changes behavior only temporarily and presents many detrimental side effects.


Moving forward is the reward for walking without pulling, so your dog will only get to continue the walk when there is no tension on the leash what-so-ever. If the dog resumes pulling, turn around and repeat the process, essentially playing “Doggie Yo-Yo”.  This teaches your dog that the more he carries on and behaves inappropriately, the further away he gets from what he wants, and the better behaved he is, the closer he gets! A dog that is exposed to the world they live in will be a more confident, emotionally healthy and happy dog in the long run.
It sounds like your dog needs some active training because something is not totally clicking. I believe it might be defensive, as she was kept in a cage for many hrs a day around other dogs who would torment her.
BUT, as soon as I take a single step, she bolts forward, sometimes so hard that she tumbles when she gets to the end of the leash (I use the easy walk, front attaching, harness). If your dog is still peeing in the house, you aren’t finished with the housebreaking process.



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