How do I get the dog to go fine in the leash?
In the beginning, you should have treats or some other reward for your dog and use a mark for a good response – a clicker or an emphatic “yes!” works. Before starting the training, decide when you are going to reward your dog. For instance, when the dog looks at, you or when the leash goes slack, mark and reward. In the end, the dog will understand, and you can enjoy your walks together.
When the dog pulls: If the dog pulls the leash, which will most likely happen, what should you do? Stand completely still. Do not move out of the spot, however energetic your dog is. Be consistent. If you let the dog go where it wants in this position, it will feel it down the right thing, and that is the last thing you want, because then it will just repeat it the next time. Again, be consistent and stand up for yourself and ignore the dog’s misbehaviour. Wait for the leash to be slack. The instant the leash goes slack, mark and reward. Then start walking in the direction you want, not the way the dog wants. Reward, reward, reward when your dog does the right thing!
If your dog walks pretty nicely without pulling, mark and reward it every so often to give a “reference point.” When your dog understands that you like it to walk calmly without pulling, and sometimes get excited and forgets its manners, be sure to mark and reward your dog when it resumes polite walking.
Train attention and compliance: Take the opportunity on every road or creek you cross, gate you open – stop, ask the dog to wait, you go ahead and check the location, check that the coast is clear, you are the one that scout and keep track, not the dog. Here you send signals to your dog that you are responsible for keeping you safe and that it’s safe and fun to be close. When the coast is clear, you call your dog, and you can continue the walk. By doing this, the dog will become more attentive and responsive.
Tempo, breaks and variation: What is your dog’s usual pace? Try to follow the same, shorten or extend your step, but do not run. In this way, you further increase the conditions for successful training. Build a relationship with your dog – walking with you should be fun!