Announcement: Teaching Your Dog to Walk On a Leash

Basic Training, Part 6

Teaching Your Dog to Walk On a Leash

Dogs are not born knowing how to walk on a leash without pulling or straining. That is something you’re going to have to teach your new puppy or older, un-trained dog. For this exercise, most professional dog trainers don’t recommend using a retractable leash. Purchase a regular leash and collar or halter that gives you more control over your dog while you are training him.

Your first step is to get your dog acclimated to his collar or halter. Place them on his body and adjust each so that you can slip at least two fingers between his neck and the collar, and between his body and each strap of a halter. Make sure both are tight enough so that they don’t slip off the body or over the head, but loose enough to be comfortable.

Leave the collar or halter on him without removing it until he adjusts to it and feels calm sleeping and moving around in it. This may take a few hours to a couple of days, so patience is needed here.

Once he is relaxed, slip your leash onto his collar/halter and take him outside. Place your hand through the leash’s loop and wrap it around your wrist. This keeps your dog from possibly pulling it off your hand and getting loose.

Begin walking forward at a slow pace. If your dog refuses to follow you, hold a treat in front of his nose as you step off without allowing him to take it. Once he takes 2 or 3 steps, give him the treat and praise him. You may need to give a slight tug on the leash the first several times to get him to move, but a gentle tug is important. DO NOT pull. 

Continue with this until he is moving forward freely and looking for his treats.

This part of his training may take several days of consistent work for him to move freely on his own. Slowly take the treat away as he learns, but continue to praise him when he walks without that initial tug on the leash.

If your dog insists on walking quickly in front of you and pulling on the leash, immediately stop moving and make him sit. Give him a treat if he sits promptly. Once he learns that he won’t be allowed to take off on his own, and that he has to stay with you – and that there is a reward in that behavior – he will start walking at your pace.

Remember, consistency is the key here. You MUST train him the same way every time or you’ll have a dog that pulls and tugs when you walk him. That type of uncontrollable pet is a danger to himself and to other people and dogs on the street. 

Announcement: How Do I Keep My Dog From Begging

Many times when addressing issues with your dog, you need to learn to look at the situation as they do. Confront negative behavior with your pets as if you are confronting a toddler. We do not expect a toddler to act like an adult, and we can easily understand some behavior because it has been encouraged by the parent. The same is true with your dog. Your dog is smart and quick, your dog has learned many behaviors simply in response to things that you have done or enforced. The area of begging is one of those areas.

Your dog is begging, and you want him to stop. The first thing that you need to realize and admit is that the only reason that they are begging is because it has brought them success in the past. This dog has learned this habit and learned to use it to their benefit. If you have inherited this dog with this habit, then you’re off the hook, but everyone else… this is a habit that you helped to develop.

It is truly admirable and commendable that your dog is a big part of your life. It is understandable that you enjoy his company and distractions when you are eating. But you and your dog need to realize that this is not the time to feed your dog snacks. By allowing your dog to beg during mealtime, and by rewarding this behavior, you are encouraging a habit that you will soon realize is not something that you want them to do all of the time.

A good way to address the issue with your dog is not to loudly and brashly protest his begging, but rather, save your dogs feeding time for your mealtime. They have already learned to equate your mealtime with snack time or food time for them. Take this time, then to reschedule their mealtime with your mealtime. Save their food on the counter or a table nearby until you sit at the table. When they come to beg, you can place their food on the floor in the same place where you always place it. As you stop rewarding the begging behavior and give them their own food, they will soon learn not to beg. Decide on habits that are easy to maintain. To properly communicate to your dog that begging is not successful, you have to predetermine not to allow it to be successful – ever.

If this seems too much to ask, and you still have a problem, then determine not to eat in front of your dog. If the temptation to offer a little snack is too great, then decide to put the dog outside, or in another room while you are eating, then the begging is not allowed to happen.

The key to treating this type of behavior is consistency. Realizing how much your dog will benefit from learning to restrain himself, will make them a more well-adjusted and calmer dog.

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Question by Hachii-Style: About Jindo puppies “biting behavior” (for jindo owners/breeders/etc jindolists or really smart ppl? only)?
There is a myth that Jindo puppies mature earlier thanother breeds. While young weaned Jindo puppies mayphysically appear ready to be placed in a new home, thisdoes not take into account the behavioral and mental readi-ness of the puppy. Studies have proven that puppies con-tinue learning very valuable behaviors and lessons from their mother and littermates well past the point that they are eating solid food. Canine communication skills and bite inhibition are two of the vital things puppies do notlearn when removed from their mother before 7 weeks ofage. This early learning can never be made up for later,and a puppy who does not receive it will always be at adisadvantage. Responsible breeders do not let puppies goto new homes until they are at least 7 weeks old, andbreeders of other primitive dogs like Shibas and Kais, havelearned it is best not to release puppies at a young age.

my question:
I was told by the owner of a jindo that his puppies were at age of 7 weeks. My puppy still bites and nibbles me somtimes(most of the time when he is sitting and i scratch his ears). I have another puppy about 7 “months” old and she is very aggressive. She likes to pick on my little 7 “weeks” old Jindo. They play fight eachother all the time. My jindo never gives up and sometimes their play fight turns into biting that I have to come in and break them up. I dont know if my 7 months pup will influence the increase biting of my 7 weeks old jindo. I had just read the article i pasted above for you guys to read. Tell me if what it says means that my jindo has learned from his mother or littermates or the owner lied to me about his age and he hasn’t learn enough yet(everyone in my family says the jindo seems to look more older then 7 weeks). I haven’t seperated my two puppies yet because although they fight they also get along as well. I can tell they are fighting for alpha here because the female always try to get on top of the male. (no i am not trying to breed them if you are wondering. The female is to keep me warm at night *its been very cold these days* She will forever stay my lap dog,. the jindo is to be my loyal companion *I will take him hunting when he is a year old or two. My father in-law hunts in the woods so this would be a good experience for my lil jindo to use one of his skills as a hunter) I dont want my jindo to have trouble socializing nor biting because I want him to be a smart doggy. Thank you for your answers and your concern.
Korean jindos are not designer dogs nor mix breeds. They are a pure bred.
My jindo is a jindo I don’t know if he’s mix with anything but his parents look “jindo” to me. His traits and characteristics are like a real jindo should have. Curious, brave, aggressive so far.
Korean jindos are not designer dogs nor mix breeds. They are a pure bred.
My jindo is a jindo I don’t know if he’s mix with anything but his parents look “jindo” to me. His traits and characteristics are like a real jindo should have. Curious, brave, aggressive so far.

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Answer by Ocimom
Is this a legit breed or a designer breed (mutt/mixed breed) dog? If its a mix, then you have no way of telling what the dog will be like, how big, its temperment, etc.

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