What is the purpose of a leash?
First of all, the purpose of a leash isn’t to hold an animal in check. The purpose of a leash is to connect the dog to the owner. Furthermore, last time I checked horses did not where leashes, and it’s these huge misconceptions of the leash and its appropriate roll in the lives of this owner/dog group that prompted me to take the time to write this article.
The leash is a great invention due to its simplicity and its purpose. Without its own invention, we would not be, together with our loyal four-legged companions able to take advantage of strolls on nice summer days, or brisk morning walks, yet the inability and ignorance of the common dog owner in regards to utilizing the leash makes me wonder why they do not come with instructions on how to use them.
As I said above, the leash was invented to attach you, the proprietor to your dog. The objective of the leash is not for the owner to be the anchor behind the bull, which 9 times out of ten is the actual scenario.
The purpose of the leash when walking with your dog is to allow you the owner to have continuous control over your dog, it’s not to sentence your dog to a dull dull walk!
I understand that in most cases it is merely a case of the public simply not knowing any better; however, taking the time to find out the right way to use the most common dog product ever made would help to know end, the connection, and overall ambiance between dog and master.
Letting your dog pull you around, is just teaching him/her that using a taught leash is cool and you do not mind being jerked from 1 place to another. The biggest fault with the educated leash scenario, is the owner will pull back when the dog pulls, thus encouraging the dog to pull thus initiating a tug of war which the dog usually wins.
The dog needs to understand that you are in charge of the situation and they’re not. By keeping a slack leash while walking with your dog, you are giving yourself that extra foot of leash, as well as an extra second to respond to a dog’s incessant forwards lunges.
First of all you the owner have to know the appropriate way to handle your dog’s leash. Always be certain that your leash arm is not straight but bent. By doing this, You’re not placing stress on your arm, and you are giving yourself an arm length of leash to use when responding to unwanted action from your dog:
This in itself, could be enough to discourage the behavior.
By suddenly straightening your arm and backing up, you’re delivering a loose leash, to taught correction to your dog’s forward lunging, thus putting a sudden and sudden halt to your dog’s forward progress.
The third solution is to straighten your arm while walking and turning in the opposite direction. By doing this you are giving a loose leash, to a hard correction, that is ongoing and only stops when the dog complies with you.
The idea behind this approach is to make an effort to convey to the dog that this type of behavior is unacceptable and you the owner won’t tolerate it. You the owner want your dog to make the association between lunging forward, and the consequent distress that accompanies this act. If proper leash technique is used correctly and consistently, an individual can put a stop to incessant pulling of any sort whether it be pulling forward, or pulling sideways. Always make a point to praise and reward the dog upon compliance! By doing this you are only strengthening the dog’s understanding that good behaviour results in good results. By relaying the message to your dog that undesirable activity will lead to discomfort, whilst compliance will result in a good result, walking your dog will soon become a pleasure not a chore.