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July 13th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
My Dad made me nuts when I was a kid.
He’s a great guy and everything but he is the kind of guy that loves to argue.
You know the type, you say it’s black he says it’s white. You say left, he says right.
I could never win a game of basketball against him either. If I won he would declare that it was not an “official” game.
What a guy.
Typical Northeastern New England Yankee!
Luckily, I became a dog trainer and learned how to deal with guys like my Dad and it is also the secret to loose leash walking. Once you learn and apply this secret, your life will become much easier.
No more endless arguments with people and no more pulling from your dog.
You see, it all boils down to two words:
Ever notice that when you pull back on the leash your dog actually pulls harder.
That’s a reflex, as you apply pressure your dog applies counter pressure. Most people have a hard time walking their dogs because they are trying too hard. The trick is to make sure there is no pressure in the leash.
Once the pressure is gone, you can get your dog to walk with you instead of fighting the entire walk.
…before you think I am two bricks shy of a full load, I know that your dog is pulling the second you put the leash on. I know that you can’t walk two steps without your dog bolting to the end of the leash.
That is why loose leash walking does NOT start with walking.
You first get control before you start walking. Plant your feet, no forward progress until you have control and the leash is slack.
It does take some practice and I can help you.
Here’s where to go:
All the best,
P.S. I never argue with my father anymore. I just agree with him and avoid triggering his opposition reflex. I learned a few years back that you can be right or you can be happy. When it comes to my Pop, I choose to be happy.