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Has anyone got any tips for me on loose leash walking, i have tried changing direction when he pulls on lead and tried the stopping every time he pulls until he comes back to me, but he seems just to get wise to it, so he will follow well but im still having to stop all the time or turn all the time, i cant seem to get to the next bit where he continuously walks without pulling.

I have been doing this for a good few months, any tips would be appreciated or what worked for you guys.
 

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Well he does ok with heel, he is very good off lead with heel and onlead the only time he isn't good is at the very start of the walk when over excited, but i live extremely close to an old railway track so walk there everyday and don't want to have to get him to heel up there until i let him off, as it gives him a chance to sniff around and do his business where there are bins and then we let him off further up.
 

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Kira walks lose lead 98% of the time.

We started using a headcollar, once she was good on that i changed to my slider lead, which doubles up as a headcollar so i could take the headcollar off when she was walking nicely. She soon learnt that pull = headcollar back on.

She has the headcollar part on for 10 minutes at the very beginning of a walk then once she calms down i take it off, now shes started asking for it off, but she knows that if she starts playing up it goes back on. Which is rare now
 

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When I took indie to puppy training classes we were told to take a bag of treats of high value and reward your dog everytime it walks by your side. I started constantly rewarding everytime she walked next to me and she has gradually learnt that being by my side is where the rewards are. I weaned her off treats and started praising her instead but still give her the odd treat to refresh it. That may not work for every dog but it worked with a 6 stone malamute! Now she is a joy to walk :)

Eta: this is also handy if u want to keep your dogs attention in busy area or walking past other dogs etc
 

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Here are some tips from qualified, reputable trainers and behaviourists

http://www.deesdogs.com/documents/loose_leash_diagramed.doc
http://www.deesdogs.com/documents/letsgoforawalktogether.pdf
http://www.deesdogs.com/documents/strolling_on_lead.doc
http://www.deesdogs.com/documents/walkingyourdogwithheadhalter.pdf
http://www.apdt.co.uk/documents/Looselead_000.pdf
http://www.cleverdogcompany.com/tl_files/factsheets/Pulling on the lead.pdf
How to Teach Loose-Leash Walking | Karen Pryor Clicker Training
Leash Walking « Ahimsa Dog Blog
http://www.pawsitivelydogs.co.uk/LLW.pdf

Look under loose leash walking here:

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Thank you for you comments, the head harness is the one round their nose isn't it, maybe I will try one of those.

I have tried normal harness and front clip harness bu he ends up getting used to them so can pull again after a while.
 

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I use the method where when they get to the end of the lead, I immediately turn the other way and walk in that direction until they get to the end of the lead again. Kikopup in YouTube has some good videos on loose leash walking :)
 

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Well i have had two days of relative success, i have been walking close to the wall and close the the grass/shrub areas so there is not quite enough room for toodles to squeeze past me so he has to walk just behind, then i have praised him loads so when the i have nothing to walk close two he seems to generally stay around there just going slightly further in front. So woo hoo no pulling for two days, hopefully it will continue and he won't ever pull and i won't have to block him.
 
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