Mistakes To Avoid In Dog Leash Training


Sometimes people who love and care for their dogs end up messing their training programs due to lack of knowledge and understanding. Mistakes in dog training can be easily avoided with guidance from a dog behaviorist. We share some of the common mistakes that you can easily evade and have a healthy, happy and well behaved dog.

Keeping a Tight Leash

If you keep a tight leash, your dog will follow its natural reflex and will pull against you. You need to walk your dog without any tugging. But to avoid that you will have to put in considerable effort. Dog psychology is not very difficult to understand. Begin this at home. When your dog is calmly sitting, gently pull the leash, gradually increasing the force. You will notice that your dog is also exerting force to stay upright.

If your dog is comfortable in the dog training leash, he will follow the forward drive you create. But if the leash is too tight, he will pull against the lead.


Dog owners are always discussing how difficult it is train a dog whereas it is simple of you are consistent with your instructions. If you are tired or having a rough day, do not drain your dog out by making ill hearted dog training efforts. Make sure you use consistent signals and words.

For example, if you want to calm your dog, use “down boy down” commands every single time rather than using “stop doing that”. It is important to keep using the same commands over and over again so that your dog can acclimatize to what you’re saying, using different commands and words will always confuse him. So, be consistent in both your efforts and gestures. The combination of your gestures, wordings and signs will make your dog understand what is supposed to do in a certain situation.

Rewarding Bad Behavior Unintentionally

You come home from work and your dog jumps up on you? Now who can stop pampering a creature like that? You reward it with fussing and gentle patting. Now your dog thinks jumping is great and it pounces on every visitor that arrives, which can be quite irritating. Remember to set some ground rules, especially until your dog is completely trained.

Rewards can be anything from patting, pampering to treats. Rewarding wrong actions by stroking your dog can promote a more problematic behavior in him. Remember dog training is a serious job and you need to be alert of your actions at all times.

Scaring Your Dog with Physical Pain

Fear hinders learning. Never give your dog the slightest of physical pain. Because if once he gets afraid of beating or physical punishment, it will become difficult to train him and make him a happy dog again. Yelling and hitting the dog can reduce the chance of a dog to learn a new skill.

Talking Excessively

Some dog owners talk excessively with their puppies. Yes, we know a dog is man’s best friend. But you have to understand dogs can’t understand you, duh. What excessive talking does is freak the little guy out and can be tiring for you as well. He understands your facial expressions and certain words. Only use these actions and words to control or calm him down. One clear instruction is much better then five confusing ones.

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