Training Your Dog to walk on loose lead using the HALTI
Teaching your dog to walk on a loose lead will take time and patience but is well worth the effort, not only will it be more comfortable for you but it will also make walks more pleasurable for your dog. Dogs pull because it is a successful behaviour; quite simply they get to where they want to go more quickly. The first rule to teaching your dog to walk on a loose lead is not to punish him for pulling but to make it unsuccessful. Even if your end desire is to be able to walk your dog on a regular collar and lead, a HALTI is a useful tool to teach this. Following this step by step plan will teach even the most determined puller that this is an unsuccessful way to walk.
When a dog pulls on the lead, the normal response from most owners is to tighten the lead and pull back against the dog engaging in a tug of war competition. Not only is this exhausting for the handler it is potentially dangerous for the dog. Often frustrated owners resort to hard 'checks' on the dog's delicate throat area. Some may even use choke chains or pinch collars to exert their authority over their pet. Unfortunately these extreme methods, whilst sometimes successful come at a price, it does not take a genius to work out that if you constantly subject the dog's throat to severe pressure and 'whiplash' style movements, injuries occur. Often these injuries remain undetected (your dog cannot tell you) and the dog may suffer for years, possibly developing other behaviour problems as a direct result. This programme has been developed to teach dogs to walk calmly beside their owners without experiencing pain or injury, enabling the owner to continue to develop a positive relationship whilst retaining control!
1. Teach the dog to wear a correctly fitted HALTI as previously described.
2. Fit the HALTI Training Lead, attaching the smaller lightweight clip to the HALTI lead ring and the other, larger clip to your dog's regular collar. (We recommend the HALTI Training Lead for best results as it has been specifically designed with light weight clip and adjustable length).
3.Teach your dog to leave the house calmly; If your dog is very reactive at the presentation of the lead, then you need to desensitise him to this, before you attempt to leave the house (if you cannot even walk out of the door without your dog pulling, you have little chance of controlling him around more exciting stimuli!). Produce your lead frequently throughout the day without actually taking your dog for a walk. Once he does not react to the presence of the lead you are ready to move onto the next step.