Using a leash and collar to regain control on the walk

Using a leash and collar to regain control on the walk

Posted Sun, Mar 16, 2008, 9:54 pm PDT

One of the most common tools used by dog guardians is the simple leash and collar. Used correctly, this basic tool combination can provide you with more control on the walk. Some tips:Use the leash as a form of communication
Proper use of the leash establishes trust, respect, and leadership and enables you to guide your dog. Without words, you can tell your dog where you want her or him to go. Your energy flows through the leash and is communicated to your dog.

Keep the collar at the very top of the neck
Many dog owners place the collar on the lower part of the neck. By doing so, you are actually facilitating your dog in pulling you around. If you watch an Alaskan sled dog pulling a load, you will notice that the harness fits at the shoulder around the base of the neck. This is because the lower part of the neck is where dogs have the most control and where all their pulling strength is concentrated.

Provide corrections by giving a quick, firm pull sideways on the leash
Since the top of the neck is the most sensitive part, it makes it very easy to communicate, guide, and correct your dog. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections!

Keep your dog’s head up!
This way your dog’s nose will removed from the ground and all the distractions there. This will facilitate your dog’s learning experience and create a more natural way for the dog to give you control on the walk.

Please note that a traditional leash and collar may not be appropriate for all dogs, particularly those with neck or trachea issues. Contact your veterinarian if you are uncertain.

From Cesar’s Blog

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