Does your dog jump and go crazy when the leash comes out? Do you find yourself annoyed and hate getting ready for walks? I can help you change that! It’s actually easier then you think. What we want to do is teach our dog that four paws on the ground gets them outside for a walk. Right now they think that you actually WANT them to act crazy when the leash comes out. I know you don’t believe that that’s the case BUT it’s true! Just look at how your dog is acting ;-).
I know this isn’t how you want your dog to behave so let’s change that right now!
Always remember that your goal is to have your dog act calmly when it comes time to go out. We want to reward behavior that encourages calmness and not behavior that rewards jumping, whining or whatever it is your dog does.
Before beginning you want to:
First, make sure your dog has gone to the bathroom. We don’t want to do this when they haven’t gone – that’s just asking for accidents.
Second, make sure you have ample time to do this. A weekend or evening when you have an hour or more is best. If you stay calm and don’t get frustrated this will work better for you.
This is really so simple your gonna wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself.
1. Get the leash.
2. If your dog does anything other then stand quietly put the leash back without saying a word.
3. Repeat Steps 1 & 2 until your dog is standing quietly.
When your dog is standing quietly it’s time to move on to the next steps.
4. Try to hook the leash to your dogs collar.
5. Repeat Step 2.
6. Repeat Step 3.
That’s it! Simple isn’t it?! Watch the attached video to see what the end result looks like as Mattie (off Screen), Ryder and I get ready for a walk.
Leashes are just no longer exciting in my house ;-).