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Do not stop because your dog is braking or sniffing. If he pulls sideways, let him "take care of business."
Correct your dog's unstable thoughts before he becomes overly excited and lunges, barks or attacks.
Suggested Gear: a slip lead worn high on neck just below ears.
Thread the clip end of the leash through the loop handle. Put the "O" around dog' neck.
Why not a Gentle Leader? It irritates the top of the dog's nose even when walking politely.
Why not a Harness? It is for search and rescue zig zagging or for leveraging full body strength sled pulling, neither of which we want. And it blocks communications which go to the body instead of the brain.
It is the dog's job to keep slack in the leash as you are walking. If you feel his pull on the lead, use the lightest energy technique possible to bring him back into formation.
Even a nose length in front of you changes the power and dynamics.
Do not let yourself become tense, anxious or fearful when you encounter other dogs being walked, the trash truck, joggers, an off leash dog, or any other challenge. Do not avoid or skirt uncomfortable situations. This teaches your dog that you are weak and to not trust the world.
If a dog we take to sheep herding has only been walked on the left side, she can only herd clock-wise/on her handler's left side, not counter clock-wise on the right.
TIP: teach your dog to run beside you while riding a bicycle. Aim for short durations with soft joint-friendly surfaces. OR complement the walk by taking your dog to the park or off lead trail with ROOM to ZOOM and SPACE to RACE!
Smoosh a dollop of peanut butter into a ball launcher cup. Walk with the launcher to your side with the cup by your foot. Let the dog/puppy trail the peanut butter but not quite reach it. This takes the pup's brain from "fight" in her Defense Drive to the tail waggin' Food Drive with her pack leader. After the pup stops resisting, give her the peanut butter reward for a job well done!