Leash walking, the dreaded training task of nearly every new dog owner. This introductory leash walking course led by certified trainer and behavior consultant Alex Sessa will set you and your dog up with the basics, so your walk times can be a little less crazy!
Leash walking is a strange concept for a dog, because it means walking like a human – slowly, in a straight line, and not necessarily stopping to smell every single thing (though if that’s what you like, go for it). So, like a lot of dog training, this is really about teaching your dog the rules of this weird human world that they live in. We’ll start off slow in a controlled environment, and continually progress to outside, then advancing the training to include distractions that will truly put your training to the test.
Meet Your Instructors
Meet Your Instructors
Where to Begin
So where do we start? With leash walking, and with most other behaviors, understanding the context of why your dog does things like pulling on the leash is really important in understanding how to stop it. In this workshop, we’ll dive into a dog's brain to help us see the sidewalk from their point of view, and how we can use that knowledge to teach them to walk without pulling. Leash walking is also one of those skills that the tools you use really matter, so we’ll break down how to find the right equipment, fit it correctly, and then start using them in a controlled indoor setting.
Taking it Outdoors
Now that we’ve got our equipment and the basic steps of how to teach your dog to walk with you on a leash indoors, we’re going to head outside! We’ll break down how to start outside and minimize distractions, and how to clearly communicate with your dog what happens when they pull, and what happens when they do what we want! We’ll also have an opportunity to dive deeper into some of the common issues faced by dog owners trying to teach their dog to walk on the leash.
Walks for dogs can be the most exciting parts of their day – so it’s incredibly distracting to be walking outside with so many things to sniff, lick, and bark at! In this workshop, we'll purposely introduce distractions so you can have a controlled setting for training your dog to ignore them now, so they ignore the ones that aren’t purposeful down the road. We’ll then break down step by step how you can pass distractions like another person, an object, or a dog, in a way that won’t have you tangled in the leash or yelling for your dog to come back.
Frequently Asked Questions -
Not at all! Your dog needs walks, whether or not they’re trained. What we’re trying to achieve is loose leash walking at a comfortable pace – and that takes time, so keep walking your dog and turning them into training opportunities.
We never suggest using aversives like prong collars or shock collars to train your dog, as they’re not effective and they are inhumane. While it may take some time, training your dog using positive reinforcement will mean the behavior will stick longer, and your dog will be happier.
We’re not live yet, but you will be able to access soon! In the meantime, you can sign up for the waitlist.
All of our courses are a part of your Gentle Beast membership – you can take as many or as little as you like! Each week you will receive a set of self-service workshops of the courses you signed up for.