By Monica Callahan KPA-CTP
Dress codes are always a big thing in the human world. What do you wear to a wedding? A night out on the town? How about when you work out? Surely you wouldn't wear a ball gown to go play baseball! People know when you wear a certain outfit, you do certain things. It's the same for our dogs!
Dogs are actually quite smart, and they can know when a certain item means a certain thing to do. A good example is when you pull out the leash. If a dog loves going out of the house, they are going to become conditioned to know that a leash means they get to leave. Leash= excited dog! Well why can't flat buckle collar= loose leash walking and back attachment harness= okay to pull? It can!
If you are consistent with your dogs, they can even learn the difference between types of collars and harnesses.
Whenever you want to work on loose leash walking, choose what collar/harness they will always wear whenever you expect it, and only use that when training and loose leash walking. Many prefer to use a front attachment harness, martingale, or flat buckle collar when loose leash walking. Make a commitment to your dog and yourself that you will never allow your dog to pull in this item.
Sometimes while we are training, we just don't have the time to not let our dogs pull. This is when conditioning to harnesses/collars can come in handy. Running late to the vet and just don't want to worry about your dog loose leash walking? Decide something they can pull in (usually a back attachment harness as it will do the least amount of damage on the body/neck/esophagus) and use that whenever you want to allow your dog to pull. It also comes in handy because concrete is very good at wearing your dog's nails down. If you take a long walk once a week wearing their back attachment harness so they can pull, it can help your dog to keep their nails groomed.
Monica Callahan BS KPA-CTP
Monica Callahan BS KPA-CTP is the owner of Anything's Possible LLC in North Olmsted, OH. She graduated from The University of Findlay in 2011, double majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biology. She also has a minor in Chemistry. Monica went on to attend Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, and graduated with distinction in January 2012. That is when she decided to open Anything's Possible LLC.
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