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Whether you're introducing a puppy to his leash or training an older dog to walk more politely, leash training is important. Pulling can hurt the dog, as the collar puts pressure on the dog's windpipe, and it can put both of you in danger, particularly if the dog is large. The easiest and gentlest way to correct the puller is to simply stop when you feel pressure on the leash. Some dogs have the opposite problem--they will freeze up, sit down, lay down, or otherwise refuse to cooperate. The goal of leash training is slack in the leash, so that you can walk naturally with your hand by your side and your dog can walk happily without any tugging on his windpipe. No-pull collars, harnesses, choke chains, and pinch collars are actually counter-productive to teaching good manners. Extendable leashes can be great for exercise, but are not helpful when establishing good leash habits.
Do not switch from a training session to a run where the dog sets the pace; this kind of confusion can be a major setback in your training.

If he jumps up and down, calmly wait for him to stop and sit politely before putting on the leash and heading out the door. You may feel frustrated that your dog isn't listening to you, but acting on that frustration will only lead to more negative behavior. Once you stop walking and stand still, the dog may realize that pulling isn't getting him anywhere.
Often this behavior is a result of fear, and is often seen in rescue dogs with a history of trauma.
Simply hold a treat out in front of the dog, and praise her when she walks to reach the treat. The dog has to learn that he's safe with you in the outdoors, and a few positive experience on his own feet will teach him that.
In order to control your dog on walks, establish boundaries early for the sake of your dog's happiness, your own sanity, and the safety of the animals and people around you. They are used by and for people who cannot exercise control over their dogs without using physical force, and are methods of avoiding the work of training.

If your dog has a lot of energy, consider hitting a leash-free dog park or playing fetch in the backyard to tire her out right before going on a training walk, as this will improve her manners. It doesn't matter what the reason, the point is that the dog needs to learn that you are the one in charge of setting the walk's pace. For a dog like this, its important to walk in a quiet place with as little going on as possible. Getting frustrated with your dog's progress will only exacerbate the problem, so be happy with the results you're seeing: one block today could mean two blocks tomorrow!

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